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Autodesk announces AutoCAD 2012 for Mac

Autodesk announces AutoCAD 2012 for Mac

Today Autodesk announced AutoCAD 2012 for Mac OSX, offering native support for Mac OSX Lion, and AutoCAD WS for Mac (the cloud/mobile solution for CAD drawings).

Autodesk also announced AutoCAD LT 2012 for Mac, available for immediate download at the App Store (US$899.99).

The new portfolio of AutoCAD products for Mac expands options for millions of users of the popular design, documentation and collaboration software. AutoCAD 2012 for Mac was built specifically for OS X Lion and helps users create stunning designs on their platform of choice. AutoCAD LT for Mac enables users to document designs, optimize workflow and collaborate with colleagues and clients. AutoCAD WS for Mac enables users to view and collaborate on DWG files through the Mac interface. In addition, AutoCAD WS users can plot DWG files to PDF or DWF formats and sync with their cloud-based AutoCAD WS account, making files accessible from their AutoCAD WS mobile app. AutoCAD LT 2012 for Mac and AutoCAD WS for Mac are available exclusively in the Mac App Store.

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AutoCAD for Mac 2012 software includes familiar AutoCAD capabilities, such as 2D and 3D design tools, and includes 3D free-form modeling capabilities; 3D visualization and rendering; network licensing; advanced customization of the menus; support for LISP and ObjectARX and ObjectDBX applications; and more. AutoCAD LT for Mac follows common native Mac application user interface guidelines, with a familiar Apple menu bar together with a number of workflow-based palettes. AutoCAD LT for Mac also supports native Mac OS X behavior, including Cover Flow navigation and Multi-Touch gestures.

AutoCAD 2012 for Mac welcome screen
AutoCAD 2012 for Mac welcome screen

Some of the new on Autocad 2012 for Mac:

  • Apple OSX 10.7 Lion native support
  • More 3D functionality
  • AutoCAD WS integration for sharing drawings online for other to view, markup and limited editing on the web or mobile devices.
  • Associative Arrays
  • Auto-complete command entry
  • Drawing Recovery
  • Edit Xref in Place and Open Xref (requested in feedback from the first AutoCAD 2011 for the Mac release.
  • External Reference visor
  • Hatch visor
  • Export to PDF
  • Layer Tools such as Layer Match LAYMDCH and LAYMCUR
  • Mleader enhancements
  • Multi-function grips
  • Network Licensing
  • Performance Improvements
  • Plot Style Table Editor
  • Publish
  • UI Changes such as new preferences and controls even Theme overrides to set your AutoCAD 2012 Mac up to the colors you prefer not just light or dark themes that you were limited to with AutoCAD 2011 for Mac. Also several icon and menu changes.

AutoCAD LT for Mac is perfectly suited for designers, architects and engineers who prefer to work in a native Mac environment and need to create, edit or review designs, technical drawings and documentation.

AutoCAD LT 2012 for Mac
AutoCAD LT 2012 for Mac

Like the popular AutoCAD WS mobile app Autodesk released last September, AutoCAD WS for Mac is a simple, free* app providing basic, intuitive tools for viewing, editing and sharing designs. Through its synchronous coediting feature, users may also collaborate on designs across multiple platforms — desktop, mobile and web.

AutoCAD for Mac 2012 and AutoCAD WS for Mac will be available worldwide on August 19, 2011. AutoCAD LT for Mac will only be available in the U.S. and Canada on August 16, 2011.

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Cite: David Basulto. "Autodesk announces AutoCAD 2012 for Mac" 16 Aug 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/160585/autodesk-announces-autocad-2012-for-mac/>