There's a headline I bet we never thot a year ago we'd be writing -- "...CAD Native on Intel Macs."
But now it's happening: ArchiCAD 10 runs native on Intel-based Apple Macs running OS X, as are others. I wonder if it was easier for Graphisoft, because they also had an Intel/Windows version of their CAD software. Let's listen in as Viktor Varkonyi, vp of Archicad development, explains how his company did it:
"Our close partnership with Apple enabled us to quickly bring to our users the best platform that Apple has ever released. Our users will definitely benefit from the innovation and performance that these machines bring."
And there-in lies the rub. Prior to a year ago, Steve Jobs repeatedly assured us that the IBM-produced PowerPC CPUs were the best platform. Mac-oriented software vendors and publications had benchmarks to prove the point. And now we learn it was a misrepresentation of the facts. Or, as some have labeled it, "Steve's reality distortion field."
Reminds me of the minimalist design of the iPod -- where "minimalist" is the code word for giving the customer really-few hardware features so that Apple makes much more profit and/or drives down the price to further reduce competition in a Wal-Mart-like fashion.
Makes me not want to ever buy a Mac. But I do shop at Wal-Mart. Silly humans and the reality-distortion fields we carry with us.