For Autodesk, the lines between the Mac and Windows operating systems are beginning to blur.

The maker of 3D design products teamed up with Parallels on Thursday to announce that Parallels Desktop is now Autodesk's preferred virtualization software for the Mac. Autodesk's favour means that its clutch of Windows-only products will run on Mac OS X via Parallels Desktop. For Digital Arts readers the headline package here is 3ds Max -- but the same is true for the Design version of said tool, AutoCAD, AutoCad LT, Inventor Professional, and the Revit offerings for building information modeling. Autodesk tools such as Maya, Mudbox, SketchBook Pro, and Stitcher Unlimited are available in native Mac versions.

The Parallels partnership is Autodesk's latest move to make its Windows programs accessible to the Mac platform. In July, Autodesk added support for the products listed above via Boot Camp, the built-in utility in Mac OS X 10.5 and 10.6 that lets users install and run Windows on their Mac hardware.