“If you’re in the business of designing things like machines or buildings, there’s a chance you’re using software from Autodesk. Its latest mechanical design software, called Inventor, is used by mechanical engineers to design cars and planes and factory assembly lines,” Arik Hesseldahl reports for AllThingsD. “It’s heavy-duty software, and on Windows, it costs $3,500. A new trial version for the Mac has just recently come out.”
Hesseldahl reports, “While engineering software like this tended to be run on beefed-up Windows workstations during the last decade, the Mac has started to make serious inroads among engineers and designers, especially the younger ones, says Autodesk product manager Kevin Schneider.”
“Autodesk makes four applications available on Apple’s App Store, and the results are pretty stunning,” Hesseldahl reports. “Those applications — Autocad LT, Autocad WS, Motion FX and Sketchbook Pro — have clocked up 2.2 million downloads via the App Store. That’s a lot for any software, and its a heck of a lot when you consider that these applications don’t come for free. Sketchbook Pro goes for $59.99; Autocad LT costs $899.99.”
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MacDailyNews Take: It’s good to see Autodesk, and especially AutoCAD, back on the Mac in a big way! 1994-2010 was too long to be away. Happy developers make for happy users.
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