- Architosh Staff ([email protected])
- 22 Jan 2003
Apple's Richard Kerris says: Apple talking to all major players of CAD, mCAD and engineering for Mac OS X
Many folks know that Richard Kerris, who is currently Apple's senior director of developer technologies, is the man (mostly) responsible for bringing Maya to Mac OS X. His role at Apple since leaving SGI's Alias/Wavefront unit has been to spearhead developer interest in bringing more apps like Maya to the Mac OS X platform.
In a C/net story on Apple's new X11 application, Richard remarks that Apple is currently talking to all the major players of the high end of the CAD, mCAD, and engineering CAD markets about bringing their applications to Mac OS X. Many of these expensive solutions have large installed bases on Sun, SGI, IBM and HP Unix hardware, all of which are more expensive than Apple's Power Mac machines. However, as the article states, X11 is and will continue to be a powerful tool for allowing developers of Unix applications (for technical markets) to move their products to the Mac OS X platform.
Interest in ProE, SolidWorks, CATIA and Autocad on OS X Very High
Here at Architosh we have written several dozen articles over the last few years about porting some of the CAD industry's major applications (or industry standards as some like to call them). Our email responses have been overwhelming in favor of a few applications, especially Autocad (nearly 5000 petitions so far) and SolidWorks. However, we even have large support for Pixar's RenderMan!
To help these developers move their applications to Mac OS X we encourage readers who are serious about using them to contact the developers directly and make elegant and informed arguments for the Mac OS X platform. Now folks can talk about the new Apple X11 application tools as a way to ease the transition.
Current Interest in CATIA
We currently have an active forum thread discussing CATIA on Mac OS X. The posters are well informed users and much of the discussion is actually pointing to a CATIA forum where there is a Pro Mac OS X port discussion going on.
If you are interested in highend CAD and engineering apps or science apps coming over to Mac OS X and would like to help that process along (getting the word out, publishing an article, or helping us organize a petition) please let us know so we can leverage the Architosh audience in these endeavors.
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