Starting today, Mac users have even more to reason to celebrate their platform when AutoCAD, one of the most widely used software packages for professional design and engineering, becomes available for purchase or 30-day trial download for Mac OS X-based systems. AutoCAD offers an intuitive interface with a look and feel that will be familiar to Mac users. AutoCAD for Mac takes full advantage of Mac OS X, including graphical browsing of design files with Cover Flow and use of Multi-Touch gestures on Mac notebooks, Magic Mouse and Magic Trackpad for intuitive pan and zoom features. With support for native creation and editing files in the DWG file format, AutoCAD for Mac also offers easy collaboration with suppliers, customers, clients and partners regardless of platform. Yep. The rule has always been: If you think you need AutoCAD, but your project budget can't afford it, either you really don't need it, or your budget is too small. I well know that... I was helping a friend put together a research grant and he was estimating the costs for some of the software... and way underestimated the analysis software... and I multiplied by ten what he had put down for it. He said he could get it for free. I told him if he wanted to get the grant, he HAD to put in for legit costs of the software. They would not consider him serious if he didn't. He got the grant... and they still questioned the cost of the software in the grant letter as possibly being too low... It is powerful, but more important, it's what everyone uses, so if you're a designer or engineer you need it just to be able to exchange files with others in your field. I prefer AutoCAD (I am from the old school, paper, pencil, and straight edge, and drafting tape) but SolidWorks 2010 does have very great features.. You don't know CAD history all that well. AutoCAD's first few versions sold for a little over $300 in the early to mid 1980's. It wasn't until they developed(copied)the ability to reference files together like Bentley-MicroStation that their prices jumped. By then, they had already captured most of the small architectural and engineering firms (who couldn't afford to spend over $3,000 for Bentley-MicroStation) with their low priced product which they promptly quit supporting. Bentley-MicroStation already has a Mac version. My real 'workhorse' is 'Canvas X', which features an infinite number of layers, multiple transparency modes -- and the ability to intermix vector and bitmap graphics seamlessly. It even has a basic GIS module (for 'georeferencing' layers to a common datum, scale & projection) that is a separate purchase. (It can even create, swap and edit DWG files with AutoCAD...) Unfortunately, 'Canvas' was bought out by the Windows company that produced 'ACDsee' -- and they stopped development and support of the Mac Version at 'X' (the Windows version is now '11'...) I could run the Windows version on the Mac -- but the darn thing costs $349.99 (and with GIS, $649.99) -- and they will give me zero 'upgrade' credit for all the Mac versions I have bought (starting with 3.5). :-( I would like to see not only all the mid-range products have a Mac based option, but a Unix/Ubuntu etc as well. Adobe Illustrator uses all of these, although it is optimized for graphic design. I believe Corel Draw also does, though I haven't touched that app in years. If I were ten years younger, I'd look into buying the rights to Canvas for the Mac -- and hire me some bright OS X whizzes to port it over -- taking advantage of all the latest Apple OS-native features. It is a great program, but the marketing sucked... Then the Windoze pukes who bought it apparently couldn't figure out how to deal with OS X... :-( Source.

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