Apple’s number one CAD vendor is very excited about Metal for Mac

“Architosh reached out to Nemetschek Vectorworks, the leader in CAD on the Mac, to gauge their reaction to Metel for OS X,” Anthony Frausto-Robledo reports for Architosh. “Nemetschek Vectorworks’s chief technology officer, Dr. Biplab Sarkar had this to say: “I am very excited about the prospect of using the unified API (that combines OpenCL and OpenGL) in Vectorworks and enhancing the graphics performance.””

“While admitting it is too early to know all the details, Dr. Sarkar believes Metal could be quite similar to Vulkan and its benefits,” Frausto-Robledo reports. “From the WWDC 2015 keynote this week we learned that Adobe is quite enthusiastic about Apple’s new Metal for OS X. And more importantly for the CAD and 3D markets, so is The Foundry and Autodesk, both makers of massive war chests of 3D and CAD tools running on Mac, Windows and Linux platforms.”

“Adobe is one thing, what will be more promising is seeing Autodesk, The Foundry, Trimble, and Nemetschek AG’s many Mac programs and others all embrace Metal in short order,” Frausto-Robledo writes. “If AutoCAD, Maya, Mari, NUKE, MODO, SketchUp, ArchiCAD, Vectorworks and Cinema 4D all come out to embrace Metal for OS X—then, as Judy Garland famously said in the film The Wizard of Oz, ‘Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore.'”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: It will be very interesting to see just how far Apple takes Metal for OS X (further than for iOS?) and how it is implemented by major third-party OS X developers. Right now, there are too many unknowns to draw any sound conclusions.


  1. And … with luck we will have other 3D CAD vendors put their work on the Mac platform, but I won’t hold my breath. Till then it is time to boot back into Windows for today’s 3D models.

    Some suggest changing 3D CAD apps, but after 15 years on one app, you can’t translate from one native format into another totally different app format and keep functionality.

  2. I have high expectations to find out what Metal can do for Mari, Maya and not mentioned here for Substance Painter and Unity 3D. And I hope it won’t get to long.

  3. Rhino 3D will be available for purchase within weeks. McNeel has been very good about integrating its app seamlessly into the OS X UI. And I wouldn’t doubt that a future update will take advantage of Metal, especially since Grasshopper will be on the Mac in the next version, Rhino 6.

  4. Wow! Those names in the article are not the result of someone’s fingers getting tangled up on the keyboard. Apple really is attracting the world to its products.

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