“Back in April we reported that AutoCAD was probably coming soon to the Mac, considering all the OS X references that were spotted in the SDK,” Federico Viticci reports for MacStories.

MacDailyNews Note: AutoCAD is a CAD (Computer Aided Design or Computer Aided Drafting) software application for 2D and 3D design and drafting. It was developed and sold by Autodesk, Inc. First released in December 1982, AutoCAD was one of the first CAD programs to run on personal computers. Versions for Unix and Mac OS were released in the 1980s and 1990s, but these were later dropped. The last release for Apple Macintosh was AutoCAD Release 12 which debuted in June, 1992.

Viticci reports, “Today we’ve managed to get the first screenshots of an actual beta, running at 64-bit on Mac OS X.”

“The app is named ‘Sledgehammer Beta 1,’ doesn’t seem very polished yet (it’s coming from Windows) but at least there’s already support for Magic Mouse gestures,” Viticci reports.

Full article with more and larger screenshots here.

MacDailyNews Take: Oh, boy, this is major! If we had a dollar for every architect that told us they wished AutoCAD was available natively for Mac, so they could dump their hated PCs, we’d be posting this from a gleaming white yacht anchored just off our own personal island.