- Architosh Staff ([email protected])
- 11 May 2001
Is Autodesk looking at the Mac Again?
For those who are unaware of the CAD world and the Mac's place
in it it might surprise you to learn that the world's largest CAD
developer doesn't hold a special place in its heart for the Macintosh.
Or does it?
The Mac at Autodesk: Yesterday and Tomorrow
In the good ole days Autodesk and Apple actually collaborated to
bring the CAD standard Autocad to the Macintosh. Unfortunately,
the timing was bad. The major work was done way before the transition
to PowerPC microprocessors and when Apple made the big transition
it appeared too much to bear for Autodesk to move the code to PPC.
Autocad for Mac remained a non-PowerPC software while the Mac world
went full steam ahead to PowerPC land.
In the wake of that decision by Autodesk, major CAD rivals have
pushed forward with aggressive cross-platform programming initiatives.
These developersmany of whom were Macintosh developers originallyhave
gained substaintial ground on Autodesk over the past five years.
Notable among them in the architectural space are Graphisoft (ArchiCAD)
and Nemetschek North American (VectorWorks). Further complicating
matters for Autodesk are the new tide of 3D parametric CAD newcomers
like the currently Windows-only Revit and the Mac-first BOA CAD.
Autodesk is Warming Up to Other Platform: StudioDESK
StudioDESK is one of the latest initiatives by Autodesk to reinvent
the way architectural and related-design professionals work. The
Idea, as they call it, is based on a metaphor of the old-world
physical tools of designers. Pictured are a drawing board, trace
paper, ink sketching pen, scale, stickies, template, and a calendar.
Just some of the things that used to (and still do) clutter the
traditional architect's desk.
The concept is to make a simple and yet powerful digital equivalent
of that old way of working and to make the data Web-centric so you
can access your information and work anywhere and on any device.
What is really interesting about their approach is that Autodesk
says their new StudioDESK environment is both scalable (from workstations
to PDA's) and cross-platform interoperable. In their words:
Our goal is to provide ideas for browser-based
applications that run well under multiple operating systems, including
Windows, Mac OS, and
That sounds very interesting coming from a company that has turned
its back on all those who were not aligned with the Microsoft empire.
Could this change mean other new initiatives of a cross-platform
nature? Could more Autodesk software be coming to the Mac?
Autocad on Mac OS X Initiative
As many know Architosh has been collecting petition signatures
for an Autocad version for Mac OS X. We have collected well over
3500 petition so far (as noted in previous reports) but since that
time we have gathered a substantial amount more.
Next week Architosh will be delivering a full feature on the status
of Autocad on Mac OS X and our petition efforts.
on Mac OS X: 2500+ petitions and counting!
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