Autodesk Announces AutoCAD for Mac
For the first time in 18 years, AutoCAD will be available for Apple's Mac platforms; Autodesk raises the ante by jumping on the iPad bandwagon.Autodesk announced on Aug. 31 the planned release of AutoCAD for Mac, a native version of the company's professional design and engineering software built to run natively on Mac OS X, and the first version of AutoCAD for an Apple platform since George H.W. Bush was in the White House. The company will also unveil AutoCAD WS, a free mobile version for Apple iOS devices, which will allow viewing and editing of AutoCAD designs on the iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch. Although it's been 18 years since the company abandoned AutoCAD development for Macintosh systems, Autodesk saw an opening for its flagship product after Apple abandoned its historic reliance on RISC-based PowerPC processors.
"Mac has gone from a consumer and student focus to a business platform," and Apple's move to Intel's CPUs made it "feasible" for Autodesk to consider returning to the Mac ecosystem, explained Amar Hanspal, Autodesk senior vice president of platform solutions and emerging business. "A lot of the optimizations that we'd done [over the years] on the Windows platform involved not just optimizing for Windows, but for Intel hardware."
The forthcoming release for Mac OS X lives up to AutoCAD's reputation as a 2D design powerhouse (source: Autodesk). AutoCAD for Mac boasts the same 3D modeling features that the Windows version has offered for years (source: Autodesk). AutoCAD for Mac takes advantages of the top-notch graphics abilities of Apple's hardware and software (source: Autodesk).