You’ve probably heard the rumors, and today they’re rumors no more: AutoCAD has returned to the Mac.
You’ve been able to run “AutoCAD on a Mac” for a while with Parallels and Bootcamp, but AutoCAD for Mac will run natively on Mac OS X. And this wasn’t just porting the code over—it was a complete rewrite to make it a true Mac product. The result is the AutoCAD you know and love (complete with LISP, parametrics, surfaces, solids, meshes, rendering, etc.) with the addition of Mac features like Cover Flow, Multi-Touch gestures, Magic Mouse, and Magic Trackpad. Files are still the genuine DWG format, so you can easily collaborate with AutoCAD users on Windows or Mac.
AutoCAD for Mac won’t be shipping until later this fall, but it’ll be available for pre-order from some of our partners soon. For more details on the product and purchase options, visit www.autodesk.com/autocadformac.
Also announced today is AutoCAD WS for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch. Previously known as Project Butterfly, AutoCAD WS lets you share and edit AutoCAD files from your mobile device. Look for it soon on the Apple App Store.
Shaan Hurley has a more extensive post on AutoCAD for Mac, and I’m sure by the end of the day you’ll have enough reading material to keep you busy until the product ships. Okay, maybe a slight exaggeration, but this is big news! We’re excited – are you?