Where does Apple’s Mac fit in Autodesk’s new One AutoCAD strategy

“Autodesk this past week introduced the new One AutoCAD strategy as it unveiled its latest AutoCAD 2019 release for the coming year, with numerous adjustments to licensing, new industry toolsets, plus all new mobile and web versions of their most famous software,” Anthony Frausto-Robledo writes for Architosh.

“With this latest news, gone are the days when you purchased distinct AutoCAD programs, like AutoCAD Architecture or AutoCAD Mechanical,” Frausto-Robledo writes. “With the One AutoCAD mantra and new licensing structure, your single subscription license gains you access to specific industry toolsets that harness the features and functionality of the distinct AutoCAD programs of the past.”

“Your new subscription license also gives you the ability to use both the Windows and Mac versions of AutoCAD. However—and this is important—there is no 2019 update to Mac version of AutoCAD yet,” Frausto-Robledo writes. “Alyson Moses, AutoCAD Public Relations, Autodesk, confirmed that one’s subscription gains you access to AutoCAD for Mac 2018 as part of all the One AutoCAD offerings.”

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  1. Last time I was dumb enough to buy AutoCAD seats, they sold me my seats and two days later announced dropping support for Macs. Called them up to complain and they laughed in my face. I swore I would never trust those bastards again and I won’t. If you are in the Apple ecosystem it’s not a question of if but when.

  2. I remember when Autodesk came out with AutoCAD for Mac way back when. It was 99.99% just the prior DOS version inside a *single* window on the Mac. Meanwhile Autodesk had prior to that come out with a true Windows (3.0 IIRC) version that used multiple windows more optimally.

    Autodesk has always treated the Mac as the “read headed step child” of the computing world.

    Not that Autodesk does not have a valid excuse as of late. They do. A true Mac Pro has not been introduced since 2012, and that was just a minor update to the 2010 version. Why have we been waiting eight years for a truly new, true Mac Pro?

  3. And, most of you have heard me rant against software subscription models. I believe they are nothing more than a protection racket for the software company. Stop paying the monthly fee and you stop having access to your files.

    Yet, it seems that with so many developers going to that model, in some cases we may have no choice if we want to deal with files natively. It is a sad state of affairs when a third party can control access to your own files.

  4. Why should they bother making a Mac version? Apple doesn’t care about the Mac, and pretty soon nobody else will either.

    It’s over. Sad, really. Was a great run.

    Way to go, Tim.

  5. My girlfriend just reluctantly bought a new MacBook Pro because she can’t be bothered to learn a new OS at all and mostly just uses the computer for some web based apps, Netflix, web based Gmail etc.

    It took two hours of downloading and updating OUT OF THE BOX to bring the machine up to date.

    As in, the first thing we needed to do was TWO HOURS OF SOFTWARE UPDATES TO A BRAND NEW LAPTOP.

    Apple is so fail right now. I’ve started to switch to Windows and my next laptop (to replace the 2013 MacBook Pro with the balloon battery that is limping along right now) will not be a Mac.

  6. Anthony here from Architosh, the reference story publisher. It is always interesting to hear the often harsh reaction to certain news MacDaily shares here. Everyone is right that it is absolutely frustrating to be treated like a step-child…if that is how folks feel by certain developers. But the bigger story isn’t that nobody cares about the Mac. Quite the opposite! In the world of CAD the Mac continues to gain ground with new critical developers either writing native macOS tools or writing their award-winning CAD apps for the web (eg: Onshape).

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