It was a long time in waiting butAutoCAD was finally available for Mac for the first time last year. The good news is it offers everything that's available in the Windows version but takes advantage of a much more intuitive and elegant Mac interface.
Firstly, note that the download provided here is the Akamai Client Installer for AutoCAD which automatically installs the software for you. You'll need a whopping 2.5GB of free hard drive space to ensure you can download and install AutoCAD for Mac properly.
Those that have used AutoCAD on Windows will instantly recognize the familiar AutoCAD interface and layout. The commands and tools are exactly the same. For those that haven’t used AutoCAD before, you're in for a very steep learning curve although the intuitive interface, extensive documentation and context-sensitive help functions in AutoCAD for Mac make life a lot easier.
AutoCAD for Mac looks much slicker than the Windows version and takes full advantage of OS X, including use of Cover Flow, Multi-Touch gestures, Magic Mouse and Magic Trackpad. You can of course create and edit DWG files natively and you can collaborate on projects across platforms with customers, clients, colleagues etc.
It's impossible to avoid the fact that AutoCAD is one of the most expensive packages there is for Mac but the developers AutoDesk have made a superb offer to students and educators. They can get a three year license absolutely free which means you can use AutoCAD completely for free for three years although a watermark is added to designs. Alternatively, students and educators in the US and Canada can purchase an unlimited license with no watermark for a 90% discount on the full price.
AutoCAD for Mac has been a long time in coming but CAD professionals will agree it was definitely worth the wait.
Slick OS X interface
Takes advantage of Magic Mouse, Trackpad, Multi-Touch etc
Create and edit DWG files natively
Free three year license for educators and students
Very large download file
Intimidating for beginners
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Customize your settings to best suit your needs, and easily migrate them to a modern and informative interface.
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I have used AutoCAD since R12 R2012 is good for 2d sketches but it really hasnt progressed from a drawing board with the ability to to boolean type operations. Mesh commands are a joke. My company left ($$$#0#$$$) at R14 to Pro/E. Good move enabled us to actually send stuff to the toolmakers and improved the accuracy of drawings. But anyone that stuffs around with viewports dimscales and tessellation lines will understand how counter productive it really is. However for work I use Catia or Creo. ( yes on a mac too)
Good for 2D
3D definite weaknesses including inability to export to Step, iges, parasolid files, No Finite analysis features.
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