There is no doubt that the Mac world is better, but always our doubts about moving were: And how do I do with AutoCAD?
Who would have believed it, then in 1994 AutoCAD R13c42b It was the last one we saw half running on the Powermacintosh. 18 years later, returns AutoCAD for Mac. Just that year it also separated from Linux.
What happens is that Mac instead of dying in a select niche, where it has no competition in terms of choice (Graphics), has been growing in hardware to an impressive level of acceptance. No one doubts Mac technology, they will doubt a couple of claptrap Which from time to time are attributed to Steve Jobs, But Apple's strategy has been to launch unbeatable products, such is the case of the Ipod, Iphone and now Ipad that with everything and its criticisms, who understand of utility know that it is a platform on which to build graphical applications and not a telephone in Size box of corn flakes.
In the case of AutoDesk, despite being the largest of the CAD environment in terms of market position, with little tickles that make it competitions like Microstation, IntelliCAD, DataCAD and ArchiCAD, beyond the Civilian medium has been very successful in the field of animation and industrial design in recent years. Products like Maya They are a luxury, to set an example.
On this occasion, AutoCAD is not in the position of that moment. There when she left dressed in white, the Apple line was fighting for the land that PowerZ and ArchiCAD wanted to win, which did continue with Mac. She did not want distractions while she was buying Softdesk and Autoarchitect wanting to do more than lines, topics in which Intergraph already It was powerful (not in number but in astral smoke).
And you win AutoCAD with going to Mac.
Elementary my dear Watson. Working with Mac would be better exploit the resource than be struggling with the memory of PCs that no longer give for more. the 10 Reasons that gives AutoDesk to test AutoCAD for mac they are based on that, of there the rush that all in PC we happen to 64 bits and suddenly to Mac, because there yields more the can of Monster.
We are aware that the clear I-mac will not reach in the short term to have a higher proportion than what they now have with respect to PC. But you can overcome it -And already does- with mobile devices. Also, be aware, if a technology is going to die, it is more certain that it is PC, that it belongs to no one and not Mac that is from Apple. Although desktop users They will not die.
So AutoDesk goes for the Mac, partly because of the niche of users of CAD applications that already requested it and partly because of looking for space with the visualization / animation applications. While you are not moving, you are sure to position yourself with mobile devices and other Gadgets Which are in the white oven; We talk about applications for Iphone and Ipad, for which all partnerS of CAD platforms are building prototypes.
Differences and similarities
AutoCAD 2011 for Mac has almost the same functionality as for PC. With basic differences such as:
- The interface and the questioned Ribbon Do not come like this but are adapted to the style of Mac palettes.
- In addition you can take advantage of all the gestural juggling of white magic mice.
- For some strange reason the routines that came in when AutoCAD came out, that came with AutoDesk do not come. I'm referring to the group management of layers, filter layers and sheet set, underlay, those that in those versions saved the world at the time of printing. Although sure they will come in the next one.
- Neither comes support to import dgn, export to pdf or dwf.
- Obviously, there will be no adaptations of Windows, such as Visual Basic Applications, OLE Objects or Media Audio. This is a great disadvantage if you have developments worked here, but if you run the ones built with AutoLisp (Less DCL), you also run the majority on ObjectARX.
- It will not run over 32 bits, only 64. And ask for 3 GB of RAM, and to not be short recommend 4 GB.
- As for format support, it will support from R14, 2000, 2004, 2007 and 2010. And in case someone wants to see what an egg is like Brontosaurus, can do save as dxf R12. I insist, Does not read dgn.
Trial version for 30 days.
AutoDesk has arranged the free download of a version of 30 days to test. In addition for educational institutions there is always the option of licenses for this purpose. Then you can buy it from scratch, go for almost the 4,000 dollars or migrate a previous version paying only a transfer cost.
They are also opening the door to have it installed on two machines. How to have an installation in the PC of the office and one in the laptop; this will like it; but it seems that without having to do checkout as with Microstation.
Nor have they said that other applications will go for Mac, for now it's just the drawing board. But I can assure you that the next one is Maya and Inventor. In particular, I think a great step of AutoDesk, towards a niche that moves a lot of money and had neglected for 18 years. Mac-compatible versions have already been announced:
- In animation: Inventor, Maya, 3ds Max, Alias, Mudbox, Sketchbook.
- Under construction: Revit Architecture, Revit Structure, Revit MEP
As someone said in a forum, the news is also good for those who use Linux, because possibly in 18 years we will have a distribution for Ubuntu. 🙂
Will there be Microstation for Mac?
I was pleased to see in the Be Inspired a prototype navigation with an Ipad. But, I do not think so, although if they had tried, at this point they would be well positioned in that niche.