AutoCAD returns to Mac; first screenshots posted online (with image)

“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.


  1. this is awesome news!! I been using a beta of Rhinoceros 4 for mac.. which was windows only.. its been in beta for a while but atleast I can do all my design stuff on the mac then send it to the PC for rendering… this rocks!

  2. OMG, AutoCAD sucked so bad back in the Ver. 10 days. The virtue of the program is so many companies with ghetto brains and resources still use it. Real companies go now with SolidWorks. My personal favorite is Cobalt—very Mac-like.

  3. What other hold offs are we still waiting for? Hopefully Apple will see some high end spending when this comes out.

    A lot of business software is PC only. My company is looking into a new ERP system. The SAP solution was impressive and I believe the rep said the client software was Mac compatible. They even have an iPhone app that they are coming out with that he thought sales people will ditch their laptops for. Come to think of it, that would be perfect for the iPad.

  4. This is good, but not unexpected. Autodesk is looking for a niche player, to hedge their bets.

    The headlines of tomorrow:

    Autodesk stops Windows development on the heels of Adobe dropping Apple.

  5. Will the drawings continue to be as ugly as ever? That’s a feature!

    I tried their first Mac version of AutoCAD (v12, I think and I still have an archived copy). It was an absolute DOG (apologies to dogs). No one bought it and was discontinued.

    Black interface? Gimme a break!

    I hope history repeats.

    They can keep it. I’ll stick with Vectorworks.

  6. @MDN:
    I’ll take a quarter for every architect I know who HATES AutoCAD and still come out ahead. Most only use it because it’s a “standard”, what’s you’re “supposed to use”… like Flash and Windows are “standards”? Or support any real standards.

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