AutoCAD Coming to the Mac, iPhone and iPad

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The 3D architecture and design application AutoCAD, long missing from the Mac platform, is finally making its comeback. Autodesk plans to release a Mac OS X version in October, and versions for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch are in the works, too.

“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,” commented Autodesk senior vice president, Amar Hanspal.

AutoCAD for Mac OS X will support multi-touch trackpad gestures and Cover Flow, along with cross-platform DWG file format sharing.

Autodesk will also release AutoCAD WS for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch for free. The mobile version will let users edit and share AutoCAD files, but won’t offer the same level of controls found in the Mac OS X version.

Rumors that Autodesk was working on a new version of AutoCAD for the Mac surfaced in May, but the company didn’t offer any confirmation at the time.

Comments

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Auto Cad running on an IPAD?
Really! What?s next? Maya and 3D Studio Max!
Anyone who has used this software knows you need some juice to run it.
I can?t imagine it running any large files on the IPAD.

geoduck

I wonder if the iPad/iPhone/iPT version will just be a viewer with very limited abilities.

Lee Dronick

“Autodesk will also release AutoCAD WS for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch for free. The mobile version will let users edit and share AutoCAD files, but won?t offer the same level of controls found in the Mac OS X version.”

As the mysterious Mr. X said, it takes some pretty good processing power so it will be interesting to see how well it performs.

vasic

Something like iWork for iPad vs. iWork for Mac. Inter-operability, compatibility, but with fewer editing features.

Acme

With applications like Vecorworks, Archicad and Sketch Up already available for Macs who needs Autocad?

geoduck

The mobile version will let users edit and share AutoCAD files, but won?t offer the same level of controls found in the Mac OS X version.?

Ok I missed that. This will be interesting.

prl53

Found AutoDesk wants $4K for this application; probably just the base installation of features. I’m sure Vectorworks ($995) and the other Mac-friendly CAD are much more reasonable.

FlipFriddle

I’m sure the iPad/iPhone version will be for looking at drawings on-site, or in meetings, and not so much in doing the heavy work. Seems like architects and builders might find that nice to have the full working drawings available in a small mobile package.

Lee Dronick

I?m sure the iPad/iPhone version will be for looking at drawings on-site, or in meetings, and not so much in doing the heavy work. Seems like architects and builders might find that nice to have the full working drawings available in a small mobile package.


Yes, maybe to add notations/comments.

MURRAY3

Bentley Systems are you listening?
Microstation, best CAD software should return to MAC
also.

MacKeeper_fan_Mod

Awesome! I hope that Solidworks will be coming to Mac OS X soon as well - I know that is a big ticket software package that lots of university engineering students use. My friend is in materials science completing his PHD and the big tool he uses is Solidworks. Maybe it is time for Apple to get the cheque book ready and approach these companies and simply ask, “How much would it cost to port your software to our platform?” then write a cheque to pay for it. When the lack of a given software title for a given platform no longer exists the barrier to ‘converting’ is lowered substantially.

aneexiaoa@gmail.com

does it means i can design 3d flash on my ipad or iphone?
ahaha ! it’s great .
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Trevor P

Hello there,
Any updates on Acad for Mac please and will there be an LT version? I am two days off having to buy LT (much to my chagrin as I work files perfectly well with Adobe Illustrator). The client MUST have them back in Acad format DWG’s. Certainly can’t afford the full version and totally unnecessary for what I need to do to floor plans.

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