Autodesk to release AutoCAD for Mac, iPad, iPhone this fall

Apple Store“Autodesk Inc. is expected to announce on Tuesday that its AutoCAD software will soon be available for Apple Inc.’s iPad, iPhone and Mac computers, a development that may boost acceptance of Apple’s systems among corporate customers,” Ian Sherr reports for Dow Jones Newswires.

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“The popular 3D design, engineering and entertainment software has been specifically created for Apple’s handheld devices, Autodesk said in the announcement which was seen by Dow Jones Newswires,” Sherr reports. “The specialized mobile version, dubbed ‘AutoCAD WS’ will be released alongside its counterpart for the Mac platform this fall in Europe and North America.”

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Galen Gruman reports for InfoWorld, “The company says AutoCAD for Mac OS X is a fully native application, using Mac OS X libraries and native UI features. AutoCAD for Mac takes full advantage of Mac OS X, including graphical browsing of design files with Cover Flow and use of multitouch gestures on Mac notebooks, the Magic Mouse, and the Magic Trackpad for intuitive pan and zoom features, a spokesman said. User-experience design patterns, such as the visual approach to drawing and layout management, have also been incorporated into AutoCAD for Mac.”

“AutoCAD for Mac boasts an API the company describes as ‘extensive’ and flexible customization options that allow for tailor-built workflows, simple application development and adaption, custom configurations for settings, and screen real estate options to suit individual workflows and project demands,” Gruman reports. “The new AutoCAD software will ship “this falll,” the company says. The Mac OS X edition costs the same as the Windows version: $3,995 without a support subscription, and $4,445 with one.”

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MacDailyNews Note: AutoCAD is a CAD (Computer Aided Design or Computer Aided Drafting) software application for 2D and 3D design and drafting. It’s 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.

MacDailyNews Take: This is yet another major sign that Apple’s Mac is back in a big way!

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