- Architosh Staff (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- 17 Nov 00
for Mac OS X, the future is open
Architosh has long tracked the high profile case of Bentley's Microstation
and its Macintosh support. A few years ago Microstation was a CAD
platform supported on numerous operating systems, across a wide
range of hardware. Today that situation is quite different. Bentley
develops strategically for Microsoft's Windows operating systems
but continues to support its older products. Microstation SE for
Macintosh is one of them.
Mac OS X in the Cards?
There are numerous Macintosh architecture firms who have been forced
to make a call between an operating system or a CAD platform. One
of the most notable was that of Cambridge, Massachusetts-based ADD
Inc., long one of the most technologically advanced architecture
firms in the country. They were also completely behind Macintosh,
up until a few years ago. At that time a very hard decision was
made to go with continuous support of Microstation as a CAD platform,
despite the ending of Macintosh development at Bentley. They would
phase out Macs over a multitude of years, despite a 70+ staff that
enjoyed working with them.
That story is a familiar one to many large and significant firms,
and many such Macintosh firms have decided to abandon Microstation
instead of the Macintosh platform. Where do such architecture firms
go? ArchiCAD, MiniCAD VectorWorks, and even PowerCADD are alternative
directions. Today DenebaCAD 2.0 and BOA are excellent alternative
directions as well.
Architect and Architosh reader Koy Vanoteghem wrote in to share
with us his recent communications with Bentley's Phil Chouinard.
Here are his original statements:
Who can I
contact to learn more about the possibility of Microstation J
or other future releases availability on the new Mac OS X platform.
My firm is currently using Microstation SE, which is rapidly becoming
obsolete. We are concerned that we may be required to abandon
Microstation all together if future releases are not planned.
Due to the expense involved we simply cannot consider the possibility
of switching over to PC machines in order to maintain Microstation
What follows next is Phil Chouinard's lengthy and very interesting
reply back to Koy:
your feedback, we really appreciate it. I'd like to assure [you]
that we are keeping your request on record for future consideration.
At this time, however, we are still currently focusing our development
effort regarding next generation products on the Windows platform.
If you wouldn't mind, I'd like to take a moment to explain why.
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