AutoCAD for Mac is now available for purchase after disappearing over a decade ago. I have had the privilege to work with the new product for a while now, and it feels like a native Mac application with a good twist of AutoCAD mixed in. If you are familiar with AutoCAD, you can be up and running on AutoCAD for Mac in a short period of time.
The UI looks similar to AutoCAD 2011, but there are a few new enhancements that are brand new to AutoCAD. Each corner of the drawing window now displays a UI component of some sort, and these can be turned on or off based on your preference.
- Viewport label menus (upper-left) - Allows you to toggle some in drawing window elements, switch to named and preset views, and toggle the current visual style.
- ViewCube tool (upper-right) - Allows you to rotate the current view of the drawing to a preset view or orbit the drawing.
- UCS icon (lower-left) - Displays the current positive directions of the coordinate system.
- Coordinates display - Displays the current position of the cursor in the drawing area.
AutoCAD for Mac does not support the ribbon which was introduced back in AutoCAD 2009, but instead goes with a more Mac centric UI using the menu bar. Along with the menu bar is the Tool Sets palette which is displayed along the left side of the screen which allows you to access common drafting, annotation, and modeling tools.
I will have more on AutoCAD for Mac in the upcoming weeks and months now that it is finally out. Feels like the Holiday season has come a bit earlier this year.
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