AutoCAD Mac is officially released
October 20th, 2010 by Administrator    

AutoCAD is coming back to the Mac. The archetypal computer aided drafting program from Autodesk, which for more than a decade has been available only on Windows operating systems, is shipping for Mac OS X, along with mobile editions for Apple’s iOS devices–iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch. The new Mac edition will be free for students and teachers through Autodesk’s Education Community.

Running natively on Mac OS X, AutoCAD 2011 for Mac includes “many” of the features available in the Windows edition (which, incidentally, can run natively in WIndows on all Intel-based Apple hardware using Boot Camp or through desktop virtualization using products like the open source VirtualBox orParallels Desktop). It supports Mac-specific interface features, including multi-touch gestures, and includes full native DWG file support (and compatibility with files created in other editions of AutoCAD), according to Autodesk. It also offers an API, allowing users to generate custom applications, workflows, and interface configurations.

Some of the other features in the Mac edition include:

  • Document previews using Cover Flow;
  • An integrated context-sensitive help system;
  • Push/pull vertex modeling, mesh, and NURBS surface tools;
  • Automation tools designed to reduce repetitive tasks; and
  • Integrated rendering, including photometric lighting.



AutoCAD WS, the mobile edition for Apple iOS devices, will allow users to share and edit AutoCAD files on their iPads, iPods, and iPhones. It will be free for all users.

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