Enterprise Applications: AutoCAD for Mac 2011 Brings Powerful Tools to Mac
AutoCAD for Mac 2011 Brings Powerful Tools to Mac
by P.J. Connolly
Get Trained Right from the Beginning
AutoCAD 2011 for Mac offers a series of training videos in the default startup view for new users; other support resources are right at the user's fingertips.
Unlike some CAD tools, AutoCAD's rendering engine is an integral part of the product; AutoCAD for Mac's graphics requirements rule out most Mac models released before 2009.
Faithful to the Platform
AutoCAD for Mac dispenses with the ribbon interface used in the Windows version of the software; instead commands are organized in the familiar Mac interface paradigm.
Subtle, Yet Informative
Although gray-on-black may not be the easiest color scheme for tracking the progress of a software update, the Notifications dialog fits neatly into AutoCAD's look and feel.
AutoCAD for Mac Preferences
The Preferences pane for AutoCAD 2011 for Mac has perhaps the most Mac-like appearance and behavior of any part of the application.
See It, Touch It (Almost)
AutoCAD for Mac offers a great deal of control over the appearance and visualization of objects; one can even position the lighting source for extra realism.
Multitouch Pan, Tilt and Orbit
On supported hardware such as a Mac notebook, or Apple's Magic Mouse and Magic Trackpad, one can use multitouch gestures to pan, tilt and orbit in a 3D image.
Organizing the Workspace
AutoCAD for Mac's default arrangement of tool palettes can be easily customized to follow the user's preferences in workspace layout.
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