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TCA  OPINION MAC


Robert Peckham is a director of The Technology Channels Association.


CONTACT robert.peckham@tcauk.org Blast from the past


Robert Peckham talks about the long awaited return of AutoCad design software to the Apple Mac platform...


“AutoCad will at last be returning to the Mac before the end of the year, along with a host of


unique solutions for iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch”


PRODUCT DESIGN and architectural software have always been among the core applications for a large portion of Apple’s main professional user base, which is why, way back in 1994, Apple was dealt a major blow when AutoDesk announced it was discontinuing the availability of its flagship product – AutoCad – for the Mac. No-one at the time really understood the reason, as there were thousands of dedicated Mac AutoCad users around the world. But as AutoCad had recently been


ported to Unix to run on Sun’s Sparc and IBM’s AIX systems, most


commentators concluded AutoDesk was attempting to leave behind the desktop computer market and would concentrate on running their future software releases on high-end workstations. AutoCad actually never completely left the Mac, as many Apple- dedicated designers have been successfully running the Windows version with Apple’s BootCamp, or in emulation under Parallels or VMWare Fusion. The lack of AutoCad for Mac also drove the development of many very credible alternative packages like PowerCad, HighDesign, MacDraft and


TurboCad. But none of these has ever been a serious challenger against AutoCad’s domination. Rumours that a Mac version of AutoCad would return have been circulating ever since Apple released Mac OS X with its Unix core almost ten years ago, but none of these ever materialised. However, this has all now changed, as recently AutoDesk announced that AutoCad will at last be returning to the Mac before the end of the year, along with a host of completely unique solutions for iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch. Welcome home...


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