An avid fan of Autodesk software, but precluded from tapping some of the more popular 3-D design tool because you’re on a Mac? Not a problem any more, according to Autodesk officials. The firm recently inked a deal with Parallels to make the Parallels Desktop for Mac the preferred virtualization software for Autodesk products. The partnership means Mac users can run programs like AutoCAD, Inventor Professional and Autodesk 3ds Max on Mac OS X in virtualization mode via the Parallels Desktop. Earlier this year, Autodesk added official support for these products on the Mac via Boot Camp, a utility offered with the Apple operating system that enables users to create a separate hard drive partition on an Intel-based Apple computer where you can install a Windows OS. Officials say the Parallels offering delivers a much more robust and streamlined solution.
Both traditional automation companies and startups are developing technologies to improve processes on the factory floor, while smart sensors and other IoT-related technologies are improving how products are handled during transport and across the supply chain.
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