Found the solution!
First: follow this blog proceedure http://www.grzsoftware.com/blog/how-to/fixing-solidworks-opengl-on-parallels/
Second: Make sure that you set the parallels virtual machine configuration as shown below, specifically set Power to "Better Performance"
This allows Software OpenGL to be deselected and Solidworks image manipulation flies!
Thanks for the post. I use Solidworks 2011-2013 on my iMac via VMWare. I do a lot of work for catalog illustrations, animations, and renderings. So far it works very well but I consistantly see that Paralelles performs better over all then VMWare. I plan to check this out. In the mean time, for the things I do, the Mac is a better option and I'm glad to see posts regarding this solution.
i am trying to figure out a solution for my macbook pro with nvidia geforce gt330M OpenGL graphics card. I am running Parallells version 8, windows 7 and SW 2013.
I hope you guys have some insight to the following issues:
I cannot open my render window. Program simply freezes when i click on it
I cannot mesh a very simple model in simulation express
Everything seems to run smoothly at this point.
i tried the "correct answer" above, but it didnt help me with my problem.
I had a 2010 student version running very well, everything was working great. Now, the company i work for purchased the software, with a support subscription($1500), and all they tell me is that, "We can't help you if you are running Geforce graphics card and running it on Mac".
I hope someone have been in this situation before and can give me some advise?
Aloha and Mahalo
Do not run on Parallels. Bootcamp you Mac and try that first.
Try VMWare Fusion for your vertual machine software. You can download a full 30 trial and convert the Parallels VM to a Fusion VM. I still run SW on a 2009 Macbook Pro 13" as well as mt iMac and both run good relative to the hardware. Although, I don't remember if I have ran SW 2013 on the Macbook Pro yet.