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AutoCAD returns to the Mac after nearly 20 years

Autodesk announced that it is releasing AutoCAD 2011 for Mac OS X -- its first version for Mac since it abandoned the platform in 1992. There will also be a free mobile app for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch.

Autodesk, the maker of AutoCAD design software, announced that it will release AutoCAD 2011for Mac OS X sometime this fall (The New York Times reports that it will be in October) in both Europe and North America. They are taking pre-orders now.

After a hiatus of 18 years, not only will AutoCAD be available for Macs, but there will also be a free mobile app for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch. According to Amar Hanspal, senior vice president for platform solutions at Autodesk, it was the resurgence of Mac computer sales and Apple's overall popularity that kindled the comeback.

The Mac accounted for nearly 10 percent of all PCs sold around the world in the first quarter, according to Gartner, or more than double its share just a few years ago. In the most recent quarter, Apple sold nearly 3.5 million Mac computers, a 33 percent increase from the same quarter a year earlier. That rate of growth far exceeded the overall PC market. (NYT)

The price tag is hefty; it will be the same as the PC version, which is MSRP $3995. What do you think of this news? Have designers and developers moved on from AutoCAD to other design software options anyway, or do you think it will be a hot item?

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10 comments
krzyst0ff
krzyst0ff

Many of Autodesk's users have begged for years OSX and Linux versions of their products -- the main ones being AutoCAD/LT/Revit, this comes as good news but now that much of the CAD market has switched to Revit, that would make even more sense. Design professionals are happy to spend a few dollars more for the most stable, efficient computing environment possible -- that means ditching Windows, as many firms have been doing for years (prior to OSX it wasn't feasible). but much of the newer software releases only work in Wine/Parallels/Bootcamp.etc, this will see an even larger chunk of these users shift to OSX than ever before -- there's a strong argument on OSX for Revit, and hopefully Linux in on the cards, to follow Maya. The iPhone is no more useful for design than a child's toy, but the iPad will be tremendously useful as an on-site documentation and supervision tool -- DesignReview with local RVT/DWG markup, geotagging and linked media databases -- I hope Autodesk also ports it to Android.

jfreedle2
jfreedle2

MacOS/X is useless and unstable. Linux is in the same state. I Feel sorry for people that are forced to work on these lower platforms! I do not understand the false belief that these platforms are more stable than Windows.

MacNewton
MacNewton

I guess you're going to tell me that your Windows XP is more stable then Snow Leopard! Thats what most AutoCAD users are running on. Why not get yourself a Mac and move out of your Moms basement. I this its time for your to realize that M$ is on the way out.

TexasJetter
TexasJetter

Link states that the mobile app for iPhone/iPad will allow editing of the dwg - "Share drawings with others through your iPad, iPhone, or iPod device. If other people are editing a drawing simultaneously with you, you'll see their edits in real time." I'm not sure how they are pulling that off, and I wonder about the file compatibility from MAC to PC. Of course in our industry (Mechanical, Electrical, Plubmbing) the move is to Autodesk Revit MEP. Now I want to see a iPhone Revit App, that would be interesting :) Edited: Ah, they have a whole new collaborative work environment called Project Butterfly (https://butterfly.autodesk.com/ and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=50tb8QSxHIQ ) that allows for editing of online drawings via a browser. Interesting?

MissDorkness
MissDorkness

Tex, Yeah, it seems the answer to everything these days is 'on the cloud'. I work primarily in MEP and am currently in a mixed environment with AutoCAD and easing into Revit MEP, so, I'd be interested to see a mobile app (or mobile access) to that and how it would work. I agree with krzyst0ff about the iPhone being a bit difficult because of screen size. But, I did use an iPaq with PocketCAD software a few years ago to field verify a few things in one of our new buildings a couple of years ago. It was difficult, took a lot of panning, and only worked because I was familiar with the building's layout already, the file conversions before and after were also a pain. We're always going to be a 'Windows' shop, so I don't control and couldn't care less about the desktop announcement. But, I love my iPhone and use it extensively enough with my work already, so, I'm going to be giving this a try when I can and hope that it's slightly more workable than past efforts in the industry.

paul
paul

Like a dog to it's own vomit ...

j-mart
j-mart

http://www.bricsys.com/en_INTL/ Windows version great value as good as AUTOCAD Linux version very nearly at production version Mac will be along next

krzyst0ff
krzyst0ff

BricsCad looks promising, and it's file and command compatibility is very handy for anyone doing a little mobile work, but for anyone who has used AutoCAD reguarly in recent years, it lacks some fairly basic niceties that users would expect. some examples in no particular order: - 21st century GUI/menus, (albeit it may be much easier on the eyes in Ubuntu/GNOME than in Windows 7); - more extensive field options (A2006 had more than Brics10); - precise grip selection; - support for dynamic blocks; - enhanced hatching; to name a few that I would use constantly, and couldn't live without. there may be many more, and there might be workarounds for some of them, but dynamic blocks are a core feature for my office and many others. it seems Brics is still a few years behind Autodesk, even with the brilliant multiplatform support.

paul
paul

Me no comprende Your tort is un-understandable... Wot you mean? regards Fitvideo

j-mart
j-mart

Follow the link, takes you to an alternative product, at a cheaper price.