AutoCAD for Mac 2011 Brings Powerful Tools to Mac

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AutoCAD for Mac 2011 Brings Powerful Tools to Mac

by P.J. Connolly

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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.

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Realistic Rendering

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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