Please find below some 3ds Max/Design and Macintosh OSX support information that you may not be aware of. If your using a Macintosh then Parallels will address your immediate needs for running 3ds Max/Design.
You have two options for running 3ds Max/Design on a Macintosh (Mac).
Option A: Boot Camp
Runs 3ds Max at full native performance under Windows
No access to OSX without reboot
Option B: Parallels for the Mac (PFTM) Runs 3ds Max in a window off OSX
50% or less GPU performance
CPU performance about the same
Please note ‘Parallels’ are now officially supported.
For more information on Parallels/Bootcamp, please visit the Autodesk general FAQ by clicking here (For your reference, this is currently being updating for 2011)
I wanted to ensure you are aware of the following 2010 hotfix. This also includes some fixes for the 2011 ‘save as previous’ feature, when moving data back to 2010. (46mb download).
“…The latest Hot Fix (2010.02.17) from Autodesk for Autodesk® 3ds Max® 2010 and Autodesk® 3ds Max® Design 2010 software includes fixes for issues with stability and performance. Specific areas addressed are Autodesk® Backburner™, Biped, Hardware Meshes, mental ray®, Microsoft® DirectX® Shader Material, Save as Previous, Scripted Custom Attributes, Scene Explorer, and User Interface.....”