Tuesday, July 21, 2009


AutoCAD runs on Apple Mac

I was (and I still am) against developing a separate Mac version of AutoCAD.

It seems that the risk of developing a Mac version is now over. Autodesk has found a painless method of having a "Mac version" of AutoCAD and not having to invest in the development - running it in the Windows dual-boot tool "Apple Boot Camp" shipped with Mac OS X. See the Autodesk Labs posting: Autodesk announces expanded support for Mac users.

We have a nice proverb for this in German: "wasch mir den Pelz, aber mach mich nicht nass" (roughly: wash my fur but don't make me wet - meaning - have a cake and eat it too).

But proverbs aside - IMHO this is more than enough to make the small group of CAD-Mac users happy. And when Autodesk adds an official support for Windows virtualization tools in Mac OS X, AutoCAD (and Revit and Inventor) will simply "run on Macs".

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It is true that Autodesk is very late implementing AutoCAD and verticals to Mac. However, better late than never they say. Currently they provide Mac product support only in English but hopefully it won't take them very long to start supporting other languages as well.

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