- Architosh Staff ([email protected])
- 8 May 2001
MacCAD News: Autocad sales down, Mac CAD up?
Architosh has learned that Autodesk has reported that sales of Autocad are down. Could this be a reflection of the influence of multi-platform CAD's? We think it just may. Two leading CAD applications in the architecture space that have grown in marketshare and influence at the expense of Autocad are Graphisoft's ArchiCAD and VectorWorks. Graphisoft's ArchiCAD has been a dominant force at the AEC Systems famous CAD Shootouts for three years in a row (with VectorWorks also doing well). VectorWorks has become the number one CAD application in Japan over both Autocad in Microstation, while it is reportedly number two in the United Kingdom in the architecture market.
Mac CAD's are Growing
The good news about the decrease in Autocad sales and the increase in ArchiCAD and VectorWorks is that both of the latter are Macintosh (cross-platform) applications while Autocad has been ignoring the platform for years.
Still, regardless of the seemingly positive spin one could produce out of this negative Autodesk news, it is still critical that key growing CAD applications like ArchiCAD and VectorWorks have robust Mac support. Thankfully this is the case for dozens of top notch CAD/3D software providers.
Where is that Autocad on Mac OS X News?
For those still longing for Autocad back on the Mac (regardless of the top notch choices we now have) there may be good news in the future. We have continued to obtain more and more petitions for an OS X port. And! we have recently heard rumors of renewed interest by Autodesk in a Mac OS X version. More on that later.
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