Nearly two decades ago, Autodesk abandoned AutoCAD on the Mac. But now perhaps it is seeing too many sales lost to the likes of ArchiCAD to architecture clients, NX to mechanical engineering customers, and SketchUp to designers. Autodesk marketing calls it "trying to stay in tune with our customers," and are asking Mac and AutoCAD users to fill out a survey.
From the survey, we can get an idea of what the first (second, actually) version of AutoCAD for the Mac might not have:
- No paper space.
- No command line.
- No 3D modeling or editing.
- Fewer APIs, or none at all.
- Running in emulation mode (Boot Camp, Parallels Desktop, or VMware Fusion)
One option is to have an LT-like product for the Mac, initially. From the survey, we learn that Autodesk considers MicroStation, Ashlar, ArchiCAD, VectorWorks, PowerCADD, and SketchUp its primary competitors. Notably, Siemens' NX is missing from the list.
I know from Autodesk's first release of the Mac version (around 1990), there was much rumination over whether to make the software more like the DOS/Windows version or more like a Mac app. A hybrid approach is sure to annoy both camps.
Filling out the survey lets you sign up to be (maybe) contacted as a beta tester.