Bricsys of Belgium, Graebert of Germany, and a third, unnamed CAD vendor (of another country) were in a multi-year race to see who would ship the Mac version of their AutoCAD-compatible software first. Today, Graebert won.
ARES for Macintosh is available for download from here. 30-day demo is free, naturally. Price is US$995 in North America and e995 in Europe; half-price until 1 October.
I have been beta testing ARES for Mac, and found that it is identical to the Windows versions, except in these areas:
- Installation is Mac-style (drag the DMG file to the Apps folder.)
- Macintosh-style "disjointed" user interface; no ribbon (yah!)
- Plot dialog box is quite different.
- Windows-specific commands missing, such as those related to OLE.
- Windows-specific APIs missing, such as ActiveX and VSTA.
Here is a screen grab of the Mac beta. (The new Tool Matrix palette is also new to the Windows version.)
As Deelip Menezes noted on his blog, we can now expect the Mac version of DraftSight soon. (Dassault Systemes rebranded ARES as DraftSight.) I expect to see Linux versions for both CAD packages later this year.