- Architosh Staff (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- 20 Nov 2002
Reader Q: What
is the present state of Autocad on the Mac?
Q: I was wondering the present
state of the AutoCAD coming to OS X for Mac. I am contemplating
switching my engineering company to Mac OS X, but since AutoCAD
is the principle program we use, whether AutoCAD can come with us
is the deciding factor. Thank you for your help, -- Dan Stephens
A: Ah...this continues to be
the most difficult question we get from readers writing in. The
short answer is that we don't know for certain if Autocad will ever
come back to the Macintosh. Sure! we are running a petition because
we got hundreds of emails from readers asking about it in 1999,
our first year of operation. So we have been gathering
petitions surveys and now have approximately 5000 petitions
for (not against) Autocad on Mac OS X.
Here is the longer answer
Architosh has been in various contact with both Apple and Autodesk
employees over the years on this vary topic. Both Apple and Autodesk
are aware of the
petition and its publication status. They do not, however, know
the details of the petition data because we have not yet finished
gathering the data and writing the report.
Next question. When is the report due? We hope to publish the results
of the Autocad for Mac OS X Petition Survey Data sometime in December
of 2002. Our goal is year end. We recently had increased interest
in the report by parties we are not obliged to mention here. So
that is pushing up the report even though we are a bit shy of our
5000 petition goal.
Another Type of Answer
We are always alarmed to hear that there are companies and individuals
who are holding off on purchasing Apple
Macintosh systems because of the lack of 'this-or-that-software'.
It's such a pity for two reasons:
1. We naturally feel the
Mac, particularly with Mac OS X, is a superior
computing platform for design and technical professionals.
And despite some slight speed disadvantages (which will be only
temporary --we assure you!) the Mac more than makes up for speed
in a number of ways: like superior OS stability and uptime! But
don't take just our word for it, listen to other technical design
professionals describe why they use Macs by reading our Firm Profiles:
profile 1: M.J. Neal Architects
profile 2: LuminetIK
profile 3: Flansburgh Associates
2. Second, why get hung up
on the Autocad, SolidWorks, 3DStudioMax or Lightscape-thing when
there are so many excellent choices that rival or surpass these
programs and are fully supported on the Macintosh? The questions
folks need to seriously ask themselves are: Do I really need these
programs? Could other programs offer me better ROI for my software
dollars and get me overall better compute performance for my dollar
These are seriously good questions not because they socially
challenge the status quo in your industry, but because
the so-called status quo, the alleged "industry standards"
are painfully expensive and not the appropriate software in so
many situations. Professionals can do better on the Mac but they
need to start challenging the status quo with the same passion
they exert in their professional pursuits.
Does it not behoove you as a professional contemplating a move
to Macintosh, to also consider your software platforms? We strongly
believe these are the baseline questions you need to ask yourself.
All of these programs below run on Mac
and rival the PC-only "alleged standards":
ArchiCAD - (challenges Autocad, Microstation, Revit, et
(challenges Autocad, Microstation, Revit, et al.)
BOA - (challenges
Autocad, Microstation, Revit, et al.)
Ashlar-Vellum's Products - (challenges SolidWorks, et
form-Z - (challenges 3D StudioMax and Lightscape)
Electric Image - (challenges 3D StudioMax and Lightscape)
Lightwave 3D - (challenges 3D StudioMax and Lightscape)
Maya - (challenges 3D StudioMax, Softimage, et al.)
ET Shade - (challenges 3D StudioMax and Lightscape)
AEC Software's FastTrack Schedule - (challenges MS Project)
And there are many
more but these are some of our favorite recommendations.
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