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Default FlexSim on a Mac with Parallels

Hi Mac lovers,

As you probably know by now, FlexSim today is a Windows-only application. Some day that may change, but for now the only way to run FlexSim on your Mac is to virtualize Windows in OSX using Parallels, VMware, or some other virtualization platform, or to do a complete dual-boot Mac OSX + Windows installation using Boot Camp.

If you are using Parallels, this tidbit is for you. In order to get the most out of FlexSim, you need to make sure that your Windows installation, and FlexSim, have access to your graphics hardware acceleration.

You'll want to check out this link, but I've copied the contents here in case the link ever changes:

Using 3D Graphics Applications

With Parallels Desktop, you can run games and applications that require video cards with DirectX or OpenGL support in your virtual machines.
The DirectX9.0 and OpenGL2.1 support can be enabled for Windows-based virtual machines with Parallels Tools installed. The OpenGL2.1 support can be enabled for Linux-based virtual machines with Parallels Tools installed.
Note: In Linux-based virtual machines, Xorg should be of version 7.1 or later.
Enabling DirectX and OpenGL support in a virtual machine
If your virtual machine does not have Parallels Tools installed:
  1. Start the virtual machine, and choose Install Parallels Tools from the Virtual Machine menu to launch the installation.
  2. When Parallels Tools are installed, shut down the virtual machine.
To enable DirectX and OpenGL support in the virtual machine configuration:
  1. Open the virtual machine and choose Configure from the Virtual Machine menu to open the Virtual Machine Configuration dialog.
  2. In the Video pane (the Hardware group of settings), select the Enable 3D acceleration option.
  3. Click OK to apply the changes.
Note: If the virtual machine is running, the new settings will come into effect after you restart the virtual machine.
Optimizing 3D Graphics Performance in MacBook Pro
Some new MacBook Pro computers have two video adapters. By default, the slower video adapter that saves energy is used. If you want to use the faster video adapter for better 3D graphics performance, select System Preferences > Energy Saver > Graphics > Higher performance in the Mac OS X menu.
If you've used Parallels and have any other tips for optimizing FlexSim performance, please let us know with a reply below!
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