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BKGrch
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      05-21-2008
I'm in the market for a new computer and was wondering about Vista 64-bit's
compatibility with programs, hardware, etc.

I'm an architecture student running AutoCAD, Rhino, Maya, Adobe CS3. Are
these compatible with Vista 64-bit?

I've heard that Vista 64-bit is a faster, more powerful OS than what I've
been using (XP Pro) but I don't want to switch if 64-bit compatibility is
still in its infancy (at least for the applications I'm using).

I've read many threads on this subject, but am apologetically still unsure
(it's a lot of money for a grad student to invest in, and many discussions on
this subject are relatively old).

Thank you for any answers/suggestions/advice. I appreciate everyone's help.
 
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Jeff Gaines
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      05-21-2008
On 21/05/2008 in message
<(E-Mail Removed)> BKGrch wrote:

>I'm an architecture student running AutoCAD, Rhino, Maya, Adobe CS3. Are
>these compatible with Vista 64-bit?


You should check with the s/w company if they make 64 bit versions or if
their 32 bit versions will run on Vista 64 (most should but it's worth
checking as some don't).

>I've heard that Vista 64-bit is a faster, more powerful OS than what I've
>been using (XP Pro) but I don't want to switch if 64-bit compatibility is
>still in its infancy (at least for the applications I'm using).


I don't know where you heard that - Vista is not faster than XP by any
means, probably the opposite is true. The key is to ensure that Vista 64
drivers exist for your hardware, that gets you off the ground.

I run XP x64 because I have 8GB RAM on my PC and XP (32) would only
recognise about 3.5GB of it. Apart from that I have sen no advantage to 64
bit over 32 bit - except it's a bit sexy to run a 64 bit OS

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Charlie Russel - MVP
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      05-21-2008
You should discuss compatibility with your specific vendors. Certainly, CAD
and other large graphics programs can benefit from the ability to use more
memory that 64-bit brings. I don't know if any of the programs you listed
have specific 64-bit versions - if they do, they're likely a good deal more
powerful than the 32-bit versions on large drawings, especially with 3D and
shading. But even the 32-bit ones could benefit, as long as they're
compatible - but only the vendor knows for sure.

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http://msmvps.com/xperts64
http://mvp.support.microsoft.com/profile/charlie.russel


"BKGrch" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote in message
news:(E-Mail Removed)...
> I'm in the market for a new computer and was wondering about Vista
> 64-bit's
> compatibility with programs, hardware, etc.
>
> I'm an architecture student running AutoCAD, Rhino, Maya, Adobe CS3. Are
> these compatible with Vista 64-bit?
>
> I've heard that Vista 64-bit is a faster, more powerful OS than what I've
> been using (XP Pro) but I don't want to switch if 64-bit compatibility is
> still in its infancy (at least for the applications I'm using).
>
> I've read many threads on this subject, but am apologetically still unsure
> (it's a lot of money for a grad student to invest in, and many discussions
> on
> this subject are relatively old).
>
> Thank you for any answers/suggestions/advice. I appreciate everyone's
> help.


 
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Dominic Payer
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      05-21-2008
AutoCAD 2008 will have a native 64-bit version
http://through-the-interface.typepad...d_2008_64.html

Maya 2008 has a 64-bit version supported on 64 bit Vista Business
http://usa.autodesk.com/adsk/servlet...112&id=7639522

Rhino v5 has a 64-bit version in development
http://forums.cgsociety.org/archive/.../t-565274.html

There is a 64-bit Adobe CS4 in beta, Windows only, release expected later
this year. http://blogs.adobe.com/jnack/2008/04...hop_lr_64.html

Vista generally is somewhat slower than XP as it does more self-checking and
maintenance, but not noticeably so practice if you have enough RAM.

As a student, you can buy the academic versions of many applications at a
considerable discount.



"BKGrch" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote in message
news:(E-Mail Removed)...
> I'm in the market for a new computer and was wondering about Vista
> 64-bit's
> compatibility with programs, hardware, etc.
>
> I'm an architecture student running AutoCAD, Rhino, Maya, Adobe CS3. Are
> these compatible with Vista 64-bit?
>
> I've heard that Vista 64-bit is a faster, more powerful OS than what I've
> been using (XP Pro) but I don't want to switch if 64-bit compatibility is
> still in its infancy (at least for the applications I'm using).
>
> I've read many threads on this subject, but am apologetically still unsure
> (it's a lot of money for a grad student to invest in, and many discussions
> on
> this subject are relatively old).
>
> Thank you for any answers/suggestions/advice. I appreciate everyone's
> help.


 
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Tom Ferguson
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      05-21-2008
Yes, possibly, yes, probably not recommended. Contact them to be sure.

AutoCad
http://usa.autodesk.com/adsk/servlet...linkID=9240617

==========
Rhino
http://en.wiki.mcneel.com/default.as...noOnVista.html
Vista 64 is not mentioned. Requires Open GL support. XP runs it faster
especially with large models.

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Maya
The 64-bit version of Maya 2008 software is supported on any of the
following operating systems:

Microsoft Windows Vista Business
Microsoft Windows XP x64 Edition (SP1 or higher)
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4.0 WS (U5)
Fedora Core 5

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Adobe CS3

Windows
Intel® Pentium® 4, Intel Centrino®, Intel Xeon®, or Intel Core™ Duo (or
compatible) processor
Microsoft® Windows® XP with Service Pack 2 or Windows Vista™ Home Premium,
Business, Ultimate, or Enterprise (certified for 32-bit editions)
1GB of RAM
5GB of available hard-disk space (additional free space required during
installation)
1,024x768 monitor resolution with 16-bit video card
DVD-ROM drive
QuickTime 7.1.2 software required for multimedia features
Some 3D features in Adobe Photoshop® CS3 Extended require a Microsoft
DirectX 9 capable graphics card with at least 64MB of VRAM
Internet or phone connection required for product activation
Broadband Internet connection required for Adobe Stock Photos* and other
services
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Tom
MSMVP 1998-2007



"BKGrch" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote in message
news:(E-Mail Removed)...
> I'm in the market for a new computer and was wondering about Vista
> 64-bit's
> compatibility with programs, hardware, etc.
>
> I'm an architecture student running AutoCAD, Rhino, Maya, Adobe CS3. Are
> these compatible with Vista 64-bit?
>
> I've heard that Vista 64-bit is a faster, more powerful OS than what I've
> been using (XP Pro) but I don't want to switch if 64-bit compatibility is
> still in its infancy (at least for the applications I'm using).
>
> I've read many threads on this subject, but am apologetically still unsure
> (it's a lot of money for a grad student to invest in, and many discussions
> on
> this subject are relatively old).
>
> Thank you for any answers/suggestions/advice. I appreciate everyone's
> help.


 
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BKGrch
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      05-21-2008
Thank you everyone for the very quick responses. It seems there are still
glitches in running the 32-bit versions on a 64-bit OS and/or the development
of 64-bit versions/drivers are still young. I appreciate the help, links,
and research.

Keep the advice coming.

"BKGrch" wrote:

> I'm in the market for a new computer and was wondering about Vista 64-bit's
> compatibility with programs, hardware, etc.
>
> I'm an architecture student running AutoCAD, Rhino, Maya, Adobe CS3. Are
> these compatible with Vista 64-bit?
>
> I've heard that Vista 64-bit is a faster, more powerful OS than what I've
> been using (XP Pro) but I don't want to switch if 64-bit compatibility is
> still in its infancy (at least for the applications I'm using).
>
> I've read many threads on this subject, but am apologetically still unsure
> (it's a lot of money for a grad student to invest in, and many discussions on
> this subject are relatively old).
>
> Thank you for any answers/suggestions/advice. I appreciate everyone's help.

 
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Jim
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      05-21-2008
On May 21, 4:52*pm, BKGrch <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote:
> Thank you everyone for the very quick responses. *It seems there are still
> glitches in running the 32-bit versions on a 64-bit OS and/or the development
> of 64-bit versions/drivers are still young. *I appreciate the help, links,
> and research.
>
> Keep the advice coming.


I posted this in another, more specific, thread; which you may, or may
not have been following.

I too am sympathetic, but no hopeful. I have Adobe Creative Suite 3
Web Premiere on my Vista 64-bit system. Adobe update will not update
Illustrator properly. Fortunately, the other programs, which are the
ones I need, update properly. I called Adobe and they said that they
do *not* guarantee 64-bit compatibility. Adobe told me to post my
concerns to the Users Forums. I haven't bothered yet.

From what you found out above, it *does* sound as if Adobe *is*
addressing the problem, which is news to me. I am pleased that they
have the foresight to support 64-bit operating systems, as they
clearly represent the future. However, this means buying another
expensive upgrade for me. It's always the *next* version that has the
feature you really wanted. <g>


Jim


 
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