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Autodesk and Parallels have announced that they have signed an agreement to make Parallels Desktop for Mac Autodesk’s preferred Mac virtualisation software.

Autodesk will now support use of Autocad, Autocad LT, Autodesk Inventor Professional, Autodesk 3DS Max, Autodesk 3DS Max Design and the Autodesk Revit platform for building information modelling (BIM) on Mac OS X via Parallels Desktop.

Autodesk has added official support for these products on the Mac via Boot Camp earlier this year.

‘This is the latest step in Autodesk’s ongoing efforts to support our customers on the Mac, who will now be able to use some of our 2D and 3D design, engineering and entertainment software alongside Mac OS X, in addition to the five native Mac applications we currently offer,’ said Chris Bradshaw, Autodesk chief marketing officer.

‘Parallels Desktop for Mac enables more than two million users to run Windows-based applications on their Mac,’ said Serguei Beloussov, chief executive officer of Parallels.

‘Autodesk has a long history of creating software for design, engineering and entertainment, and we’ve heard many requests from customers interested in using their Autodesk applications with Parallels.

‘Our partnership with Autodesk will help make this software more broadly available to the Mac community,’ he added.

With the launch of the Autodesk Alias range of software for Mac OS X earlier this year, Autodesk now offers five native Mac OS X applications for the entertainment, multimedia and design industries, including Autodesk Sketchbook Pro, Autodesk Maya, Autodesk Mudbox and Autodesk Stitcher Unlimited software.

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