Apple Mac Systems
Running SimaPro on Apple Macs
SimaPro is designed to work with Windows, so any system that can run Windows can potentially run SimaPro. SimaPro can run very successfully on Apple Macs, either by using Boot Camp to run Windows, or by using Windows virtual machine software such as Parallels.
In the UK we sometimes use Apple Mac laptops to run SimaPro for training events, using Parallels to run Windows 10. Parallels with Windows 10 runs SimaPro very quickly and reliably. One of the main determinants of the speed at which SimaPro operates is whether the hard disc is a SSD (solid state drive). Since all Mac laptops have high speed SSDs, they run SimaPro faster than many Windows PCs. We have 16GB of RAM in our Macs, and Parallels is set to use 8GB of this. Less RAM also works. Parallels allows instant switching between MacOS and Windows, and easy cut and paste between the two, so in effect it is just the same as if SimaPro is running on MacOS. You will need to buy Parallels and Windows 10 to run SimaPro in this way. Windows is always required, it is not possible to run SimaPro directly on MacOS, Linux, Android or IOS.
Currently the new Apple M1 ARM processor is not directly supported, although Parallels is likely to work on M1 Macs via Apple's Rosetta 2 emulator. In our experience Rosetta 2 seems to be working perfectly so far. (The M1 is Apple's non-Intel processor that was released in November 2020 in two new Apple laptops. Most Apple computers have Intel processors and work well with Parallels and Windows.)
SimaPro is not officially supported on Macs, so the main helpdesk may not be able to help with Parallels questions. However, we have found that support is seldom required, since Parallels runs SimaPro extremely reliably.
The above information also provides pointers for PC users who want to achieve the best possible results on PCs: use a PC with an SSD, at least 8GB of RAM, a high resolution screen and Windows 10. However, if these specs are not possible, SimaPro can run on lower powered systems.