August 31, 2010
The top-selling architecture, design and engineering software program is coming to the iPad and iPhone/iPod touch. Autodesk has announced that its AutoCad will be coming to Apple iDevices, and best of all, it is returning to the Mac. In 1992, the San Rafael, California-based Autodesk discontinued its software for the Mac. At the time, Apple's place in the overall computer market was dropping significantly. By announcing a new Mac OS X version, Autodesk is confirming that Apple's place in the business world is now growing. AutoCAD WS will be a free version of the software to be used on Apple's iDevices. It will allow users to review, edit and share AutoCad files on the iPad and iPhone. The version for the Mac will be a fully native application. It will take advantage of Mac OS X libraries and UI features. AutoCAD for Mac will ship this fall and will be priced the same as the Windows version, starting at $3,995. Philip Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of worldwide product marketing said that "Apple is thrilled that Autodesk is bringing AutoCAD back to the Mac." The release date for AutoCAD WS for the iPad and iPhone has not been announced.