AutoCAD and New Macbook Pro’s Retina Display

Apple's latest boasts an incredibly high resolution Retina Display

“If I were a drafter, I’d drop everything and buy it.”

So said Rob Maguire, the product manager for Autodesk’s AutoCAD, describing the new 3D-rendering drafting applications that will run on Apple’s latest MacBook Pro.

The new MacBook’s distinguishing feature is its souped-up Retina display  - which boasts 4 times as many pixels as its predecessor, 75% less reflection, and 29% higher contrast.

The implications for architects will be practically life-changing. But there is a catch…

Get the scoop on the new AutoCAD App for Macbook, after the break.

While Apple unveiled the technology on Monday by showing off the AutoCad App at their Worldwide Developers Conference Keynote, that doesn’t mean that the App is ready to be released to the public.

Adobe shared the stage with AutoCad on Monday, and both are in the same boat when it comes to development (having only just been given access to the Macbook Pro recently). As Adobe spokeswoman Marissa Lee put it: “What was shown at WWDC 2012 was an unreleased build of Photoshop. This updated version of Photoshop is expected to be available later this year.”

Delaying the AutoCad App’s release is the need to make sure the user will be able to switch from an AutoCAD window with Retina display to a standard-definition display and back again. “Without bugs cropping up,” Maguire explained.

Despite the lag, we don’t doubt the new App will be well worth the wait.

Story via MacWorld.

Cite: P, Amber. "AutoCAD and New Macbook Pro’s Retina Display" 14 Jun 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 27 May 2015. <>
  • Sam

    Real BIM designers should probably look at the Lenovo W530. It sports upgradable RAM and SSD/HDD as well as a graphic card that is actually useful for computer rendering and animation.

    The apple high res screen is nice, but the fact remains that the graphic card does not have CUDA (for 3ds iray renderings) and is limited to 1 GB of RAM. That’s a pretty big limitation when it comes to rendering with a graphic card.

    Until Apple comes out more adaptable components, I’ll stick with an 1920 x 1080 anti-glare screen and 3GB of RAM on my graphic card.

    There’s a good 600$+ to be saved too.

    • Sam

      *2GB of RAM on Lenovo’s NVIDIA Quadro K1000M or K2000, not 3GB.

      • Nikola

        When it comes to architecture, the tech you work on is very important, and along with this comes the upgradability and the repairability of the machine.

        As seen in the article, WIRED just rated the Macbookpro as 1/10 in those categories – disastrous, from a tech perspective.

        If you’re really high on apple, get an iMac (when it gets the retina display), not an piece of equipment that you can’t change the battery on, because it’s glued.

    • cloud

      ‘But there is a catch…’

      It’s a Mac.

  • Mauro
    • Samuel AB

      True, but the Quadro line is not meant for continuous renderings, the temperatures far exceed the recommended values. The Quadro line can handle constant renderings.

      • Samuel AB

        *GeForce cannot handle long renderings, Quadro can.

        There needs to be an “edit post” function on here for the sake of Friday mornings.

  • Tosh

    I want to be able to design using my iPad, when the hell will I be able to do that? Because all the current apps for an iPad is just like making a very bad taste joke. Why do they even make those apps if you can’t do pretty much anything with them? There are many other much better “platforms” than Apple when it comes to rendering..

  • Sergio Marquez

    Even without retina display creating bugs… auto cad for mac is too buggy to use for longer than 5 minutes without a crash. True revolution for drafters wanting to use a mac will be a more stable auto cad. I don’t know why they release such terrible software???

  • Mario Matamoros

    Tosh, you can design using iPad sketch apps, the quality of your design depends NOT on the platform but on your own skills. Sergio, I use Autocad 2013 for MAC and I never have crashes, I use it several hours a day…I’m sorry not to share these software problems with you guys, Autocad works for me perfectly.

  • tigerarius

    what do a student like me to get this computer…..sell my kidney?

  • Stefan Rademan

    AutoCAD? The real question is: When will Autodesk get their act together and produce a Mac version of REVIT? ArchiCAD has been building up market share for ages…

    • Sam

      Seriously, we waited 10+ years for AutoCAD on mac and when it come our Revit has arrived and CAD is obsolete. What a joke.

  • David S

    I’m not clear on the advantage of the retina screen in relation to AutoCAD specifically. I understand the advantage in pixel-level applications, just not for a vector application that allows you to zoom in (almost) indefinitely anyway. Will they be releasing a ‘new’ version, and if so why? considering Revit is widely replacing AutoCAD (for Autodesk devotees) why not talk-up how ‘revolutionary’ Revit will be in high-definition?
    If I was an AutoCAD drafter, the only thing I’d drop is AutoCAD and move onto BIM products.

    • Stefan Rademan

      David, I couldn’t agree more.

  • John Tocci Jr.

    I wrote a bit of a response to this article… I was originally going to post it as a comment, but I got a little out of control… mainly focused on screen size, upgradability and additional dongles.

    It’s ironic that this post follows so closely on the heels of a Practice 2.0 post, since ACAD is largely a 2D or dumb 3D tool (aside from MEP/FP trade contractor bolt-ons such as CADPipe or HydroCAD)

    Anyhow, if you want to read an in-depth commentary on the Retina MBP for AEC, you can read it here.

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