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AutoCAD Comes Back to the Mac

Autodesk announces AutoCAD for Mac and AutoCAD WS app for iPad and iPhone.

| Published August 31, 2010

Autodesk, Inc. has announced AutoCAD for Mac software. This version of AutoCAD, one of the most widely used software for professional design and engineering, runs natively on Mac OS X and will increase choice of hardware for millions of users around the world. Autodesk also announced the AutoCAD WS mobile application, a new app for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch that will allow users to edit and share their AutoCAD designs in the field.

The news follows recent announcements from Graebert that its ARES Commander software is available for Mac, and Dassault Systemes' free Draftsight software, which is powered by ARES, will soon be available for Mac. For more, visit Kenneth Wong's Virtual Desktop post and the Graebert announcement on

"The release of AutoCAD for Mac marks the return of professional design and engineering software to the Mac platform and an important convergence of power and design. Over 5000 customers have helped develop this product through our beta program and they are delighted to have the choice of a native Mac version of AutoCAD," says Amar Hanspal, senior vice president, Autodesk Platform Solutions and Emerging Business. "The combination of this new version of AutoCAD and the extension of AutoCAD to iPad, iPhone and iPod touch is a big step in Autodesk's efforts to accelerate design and make design more accessible for an ever-greater number of people so they can shape the world around them.

"Apple is thrilled that Autodesk is bringing AutoCAD back to the Mac and we think it's the perfect combination for millions of design and engineering professionals," says Philip Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. "The AutoCAD WS app is a bold new idea, a mobile version of industry-leading design software for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, the world's most innovative mobile devices."

Autodesk says the AutoCAD for Mac interface will be familiar to Mac users and makes available many of the AutoCAD features and functionality to customers who choose to work natively on the Mac. AutoCAD for Mac takes advantage of Mac OS X with graphical browsing of design files with Cover Flow and use of Multi-Touch gestures on Mac notebooks, Magic Mouse and Magic Trackpad for pan and zoom features. User experience design patterns, such as the visual approach to drawing and layout management, have also been incorporated into AutoCAD for Mac.

For a peak at the interface, check out Autodesk's AutoCAD for Mac launch video:

With support for native creation and editing files in the DWG file format, AutoCAD for Mac also offers collaboration with suppliers, customers, clients and partners regardless of platform. Files created in previous versions of AutoCAD will open seamlessly in AutoCAD for Mac, according to Autodesk. AutoCAD for Mac can be further extended with API (application programming interface) and customization options that allow for tailor-built workflows, application development and adaption, custom configurations for settings and screen real estate options to suit individual workflows and project demands.

There's an App for that
Autodesk also announced the AutoCAD WS mobile application, a new free app soon to be available through Apple's App Store that will extend AutoCAD to Apple's iOS. The AutoCAD WS mobile application will enable AutoCAD users to edit and share AutoCAD files on iPad, iPhone and iPod touch so they can have real-time collaboration even while on the go.

AutoCAD for Mac will also be offered free to students and educators through the Autodesk Education Community, where more than 25 Autodesk software products are available for download.

Autodesk says AutoCAD for Mac and the AutoCAD WS mobile application will be available in North America and Europe beginning this fall.

For more information, visit Autodesk.

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