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  • Mac Buyer's Guide - Vectorworks 2017


    PVA - Jim

    The purpose of this guide is to recommend Apple hardware for users of Vectorworks. Not only to be compatible with this version, but also to select a reliable machine with the hardware needed to keep up with software development for the next 2-3 years. These are NOT just the machines that meet the minimum specifications for running Vectorworks, they are the machines that can provide an ideal experience when using the application.

     

    Model Processor Memory Graphics Recommendation Reason

     

    Screen Shot 2016-11-18 at 12.45.10 PM.pngMacbook

    1.1 GHz Intel Core m3
    OR
    1.2 Ghz Intel Core m5
    8GB Intel HD Graphics 515 Not Recommended Underpowered Processor
    Underpowered Graphics
               

     

    Screen Shot 2016-11-18 at 12.45.45 PM.pngMacbook Air

    1.6 Ghz Intel Core i5 8GB Intel HD Graphics 6000 Not Recommended Underpowered Processor
    Underpowered Graphics
               

     

    Screen Shot 2016-11-18 at 12.45.51 PM.pngMacbook Pro 13"

    2.0 Ghz Intel Core i5
    OR
    2.9Ghz Intel Core i5
    8GB Intel Iris Graphics 550
    OR
    Intel Iris Graphics 550
    Not Recommended Underpowered Graphics
               

     

    Screen Shot 2016-11-18 at 12.45.58 PM.pngMacbook Pro 15"

    2.6 Ghz Intel Core i7
    OR
    2.7 Ghz Intel Core i7
    8GB Radeon Pro 450/455 Recommended  
               

     

    Screen Shot 2016-11-18 at 12.46.03 PM.pngiMac 21.5"

    2.6 Ghz Intel Core i7
    OR
    2.7 Ghz Intel Core i7
    8 GB
    OR
    16 GB
    Intel HD Graphics 6000
    OR
    Intel Iris Pro Graphics 6200
    Not Recommended Underpowered Graphics
               
    Screen Shot 2016-11-18 at 1.13.30 PM.pngiMac 27"

    3.3 GHz Intel Core i5

    OR

    4.0 GHz Intel Core i7

    8 GB
    OR
    16 GB

    OR

    32 GB

    AMD Radeon R9 M395X Caution The 2GB VRAM model is insufficient considering the mandatory 5K display. The 4GB VRAM model is Recommended.
               

     

    Screen Shot 2016-11-18 at 12.46.11 PM.png

    Mac Pro

    3.5 Ghz Intel Xeon E5
    OR
    3.7 Ghz Intel Xeon E5
    12 GB
    OR
    16 GB
    AMD FirePro D300
    OR
    AMD FirePro D500
    Recommended  
               

     

    Screen Shot 2016-11-18 at 12.46.16 PM.pngMac Mini

    1.4 GHz Intel Core i5
    OR
    2.6GHz Intel Core i5
    OR
    2.8Ghz Intel Core i5
    4 GB
    OR
    8 GB
    Intel HD Graphics 5000
    OR
    Intel Iris Graphics
    Not Recommended Underpowered Processor
    Underpowered Graphics
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