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AutoCAD products for Mac 2012

Monday, August 22nd, 2011

Rob Maguire, senior product manager, AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT and
Tal Weiss, senior product developer, AutoCAD WS filled me in on the big news of the three new Mac products from Autodesk: AutoCAD for Mac 2012, first introduction of both AutoCAD LT for Mac and AutoCAD WS for Mac.

AutoCAD for Mac added features such as usability, documentation, communication and licensing. Features that are also new to AutoCAD 2012 for Windows in March such as associative array, multifunction, command line, which were all new features have been ported over to AutoCAD 2012 for Mac. Features that AutoCAD has had for sometime such as network licensing, some patch enhancements, layer groups, reference editing, larger drawing  features are now a part of AutoCAD for Mac, as well as Mac Lion support and multi-touch gestures.
AutoCAD for Mac was the first Mac product everyone was asking for, according to McGuire, with large demographics among industrial designers and architects.

For those traditional 2D users, LT is still a good choice at a lower price point.
Tal Weiss said that Autodesk has had WS on mobile Apple devices for almost a year now, and they have had probably over 1 ½ million downloads between iPhone and iPad users. “For  AutoCAD we wanted to create a free app that will let our Mac users be able to view and be able to do some lightweight editing and reviewing,” said Weiss.  Autodesk wanted to release the product in the Mac App store along with AutoCAD LT, which is what they ultimately did.
Availability in the Mac Apple Store has garnered a lot of attention and brings these products to a more mainstream audience.

 

AutoCAD for the Mac and Mobile announced

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

Autodesk announced yesterday AutoCAD for the Mac and Mobile, actually, these products were announced Monday, Aug. 30, in an article in The New York Times, but trade press had received an embargo to not print anything until after the press release went out on Tuesday.

AutoCAD for the Mac runs natively on Mac OS X. The company also announced AutoCAD WS mobile application for the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch that will make it possible for users to share and edit AutoCAD designs in the field.

Autodesk discontinued AutoCAD on the Mac some 17 years ago, and in 2009 they surveyed users on their interest in re-introducing AutoCAD on the Mac. The query was met with an overwhelming response.  Are more architects using Macs these days, or are they used more in the entertainment industry? It may simply be what Autodesk states in their press release, that the reintroduction of the Mac broadens the number of platforms the software is available on. 

Nemetschek’s Vectorworks 3D BIM modeling product was a Macintosh only application for many years, and still remains a favorite among the Mac community.

Recently, the German-based company Graebert, a partner of Dassault Systems, released 2D drafting software ARES Commander for Mac OS. 

 
Autodesk Will Reintroduce Its AutoCAD Design Software for Macs, Miguel Helft, August 30, 2010, The New York Times (registration required)

 

Autodesk brings flagship software to Apple Financial Times, August 31, 2010

 

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