Autodesk AutoCAD for Mac OSX in October, iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch versions announced

AutoCAD for Mac

It all began last year when Autodesk sent a survey to its customers asking how they imagined AutoCAD for Mac OSX. Then, back in May, we saw an early preview of the software running on Mac. This was a leaked version, and didn’t say anything (we asked!) about it.

But today, Autodesk issued a press release confirming it: Autodesk AutoCAD for Mac OSX will be available to the public in October, at a MSRP of $3,995 (same as the PC version – Autodesk Education Community version available for free).

The announcement also included a free mobile version of AutoCAD for mobile devices, specifically for iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch.

And this announcements clarifies some things. Back in May we sat down with Phil Bernstein, VP of Industry Relations & Strategy at Autodesk, and talked about AEC software, social networks and the cloud.

Phil said something very interesting in regards to integration of Autodesk software: “3 screens: computer, cloud and mobile”. More than new, standalone versions for mobile devices, Autodesk is pushing forward the integration of workflow and collaboration across their software (not only Autocad), a move in which the cloud will play a key role. A hint of this was seen earlier in Autodesk Butterfly (part of Project Bluestreak), a technology developed by Autodesk Labs.

This move will sure change a lot of things. Collaboration, SaaS (Software as a Service), and eventually lower costs, among others.

You can pre-order a AutoCAD for Mac starting tomorrow.

Revit for Mac? Let the rumors begin.

Cite: Basulto, David. "Autodesk AutoCAD for Mac OSX in October, iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch versions announced" 31 Aug 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed 15 Sep 2014. <>


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    And outrageously expensive… We are testing bricscad for linux, really nice powerful and honestly priced, but obviously many architects feel more shiny and fashionable if they can have overpriced apples on their desks, so maybe they deserve autocad as well

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    Shouldn’t people in the design field CARE about the tools they use and good design or do you want your clients to not care about your designs the same way you don’t care about your tools (which have been designed, both software and hardware)?

    Hopefully this leads to software like Ecotect and Revit being written for OS X and that they will stick with it for a while unlike Bentley which left a bunch of people in a lurch and in the uncomfortable position of having to change everything when they abruptly ended development for the Mac.

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    We do care a lot about our tools, and we are concerned with the technical, social and political aspects, that’s why we are pushing towards open source software and open standards. Some very expensive tools and pieces of hardware are not automatically high quality just due to their price, and besides we try not to confuse tools and design

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    opensource only works for smaller projects and only when the software beats the no1 player in the business in quality but even then faces an uphill struggle to gain marketshare (firefox springs to mind). The situation with CAD is quite different in that there are various parties to convert and the reason architects are stuck with Autocad (well the majority anyway) is because they took the advice of engineers and they advised on what they were using at the time. In order for there to be seamless communication between engineers and other parties they will continue using the main software packages on the market.

    As for tools being designed/engineered well you can’t talk your way out of that since everything made by man has been designed/engineered and just because you paid less or more for something doesn’t enable you to run away from the social, technical and political aspects of that product since they are all made in the same place, by the same people just a different brand slapped on the box and in some cases more thought goes into certain products about what to include and what to leave out. All of them make some people very far away quite wealthy and people will always be stepped on by others to reach the top, unfortunately there is nothing to be done about that… it’s evolution.

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      .dwg is hardly a complex standard for cross-party data exchange. I don’t think it’s realistic to say that that is the reason Autocad is still used. There are a bunch of autocad ‘generics’ for 2d drafting. I agree the situation is less clear with BIM.

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    Hey, that’s great AutoDesk. Maybe you’ll port Revit in 2030? Oh, probably not, since Revit moved from OpenGL to DirectX for v2009. It’s hard for me to get excited at this point.

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    Vendor-driven, money-driven.

    more out of touch product releases and money making strategies? AutoDesk tools moving to the cloud? SaS….?

    Dear Autodesk:
    How about trying to fix bugs that have been present in your software rather for years rather than introducing “slick” new UIs and half-baked ‘new’ features.

    How about trying to service an industry rather than run it.

    Dear AEC industry:
    Please learn to be better consumers and demand tools that support open standards and will give us the framework for better collaboration and innovation.

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    Great news!!! especially to those engineers. AutoCAD to Apple Mac really made me excited really made me excited, I believe that for millions of design, engineering industry professionals, this would be a perfect combination!!!
    Hmm, this made me one more reason love my iPad! It has almost completely replaced my personal computer. For the things I do… Is is perfect! Much nicer than any CPU I have ever owned. For work, all my other computers would do a lot of things I would never use it for, and do it painfully in the process (slow, buggy, etc.). When you get down to what you do most on you personal computer… the iPad does almost all of the things an average user needs, and with a much much nicer U/I. Easy of use, fast, and efficient. The other computer manufacturers could learn a thing or two from this, but even if they do… they will probably screw-up the one they come out with by adding all the crap back in again. For entertainment, now with one of the top features of iPad — movie watching, Im totally sucked in enjoying kinds of videos and movies with iPad, though some times need in the help of iPad video converter from iFunia for lack of flash support. Ugggggg!!!!

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    Hurry up Mr. McNeel!!! All I need now is Rhino!!!
    Then I’ll be able to say: “Hey Windows tell me how my ass tastes!”

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    That translation between software is hardly seamless, in-fact autocad kindly reminds users that the file they are importing was created on something else and it may be corrupt (not to mention the dialog tab on the other app you’re using to export from)… while thats fine for those more technologically inclined, but for most people that’s not something they want to see or do.

    As for Revit moving to DirectX, well that does suck since opengl gets strong support from other companies who contribute to the project… i don’t see why they had to go the DirectX route since that’s just putting them back in mother microsofts hands and i thought the point was to be less reliant on one OS. You never know perhaps Autocad sales on the mac side will encourage Autodesk to bring that over too.

    At this point i’m just happy that it has finally happened and it’s good news for mac users and will encourage nemetschek and graphisoft to do better and to make their software more accessible and easy to learn for students (which is what they are failing at… well not so much graphisoft, but then the basic tutorials they show you don’t really allow the average student to be as creative as their last competition winner.

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    why exactly would anyone, even the worlds biggest fashionista, want autocad on an iphone?!?
    please stop giving the isheep opportunities to annoy people on the train anymore!!

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      Everyone is a sheep, you’re a slave to one brand or another, to try and distance yourself from that is a joke and hypocritical. at the moment you’re screaming i’m not part of what the commoners are using, so i ask you who is the fashionista? Lets ask everyone to turn off their BB’s and their HTC’s too while we are at it since they are all annoying.

      Besides it’s a viewer so most likely will allow you to make minor design changes and annotations on the go so it has some use for those who might be away from their workstation and would like to show either a client or project member how the work is progressing.

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        the pen is mightier than the iphone my friend – not everyone is branded in this world ;)

        a cad drawing viewer on a tiny screen is going to be good for showing a client?? good luck with that one, i bet you’ve already signed up for a copy…

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    oh what brand is your pen, what clothes are you wearing? There was a recent project at the RCA where a student made their own toaster from scratch (mined the raw materials himself and so on), so unless you’ve sourced your own raw materials and manufacturing capabilities then you can talk. You are branded whether you like it or not.

    The cad viewer is free and it will have its uses… also you can output to a larger display or projector if you really wanted to. Who knows what situations will arise… it just gives you more options to manipulate and present your work, but just because it’s there doesn’t mean you have to use it, it’s an optional thing.

    For me it seems like a nice way to show friends what i’m busy doing if they are interested.

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      i have many pens, not the pen i’m told i should have by a media friendly ceo…. my clothes have no logos and remain unbranded, they’re not from the latest abercrombie mag…

      you clearly are a sheep, but at least you admit it and don’t get all defensive should someone mention it…..oh wait a minute…..

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        well clearly all the other corporations are doing a great job because you think you can exclude yourself from the whole system because you haven’t bought what they have advertised and none of them have any intention of acting as any other business would and make some money.

        No one in the world has any idea how these CEO’s or their associated logos look like because they refuse to peddle their wares to the masses at the same events, at the same time every year. God forbid they market themselves in the media… i’m shocked to the core…. truly unthinkable.

        My clothes have no logo on them either yet they didn’t appear out of the ether and are sold by a brand that claims them as their own.

        I just think it’s comical how people can label other people something without realising they are the same thing. You are unique… just like everyone else.

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    please refrain from tarring me with your own brush, obviously you are very touchy about following the crowd, i hope that it all works out for you, as long as someone keeps telling you what to wear, what to consume and how to think you’ll be fine… enjoy boring more people with your latest money-wasting iphone app, just remember, there is no app for lonliness…

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    Well there you go excluding yourself from everything again. I can’t continue because clearly you live in your own distortion of reality.

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    you should try and get out of the city and see some of the world – understand that others live different kinds of lifes to your own, the truth is out here you just have to go and find it (use the gps on your iphone for directions :))

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    haha, the fight between yermaw and Filip is quite funny.
    and indeed – YAY no more windows!
    What about 3DS Max now please?

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    Having recently made the (slow, painful but worthwhile) transition to the Apple OS, I look forward to AutoCAD for OSX. With the new releases of Outlook, XL and Word on the Mac there is now almost no need to dual boot into XP anymore. Goodbye to those 10 minute 16-bit BIOS boots.

    A word of warning though, in all releases of AutoCAD, odd-numbered programs tend to be serious dogs, with the even numbered release having hashed out the bugs. I wont buy this Program until the 2012 release.

    I also hope they kept the Classic interface for us oldtimers.

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