AutoCAD Returns To Mac With A Bang

Toby Leftly August 31 Apple

It’s been 18 years since AutoCAD ran on Macs, but now they’re back – and boy are they back.

After a short period of existing only within the Windows realm, Autodesk is bringing their CAD software back to the Mac.

Not only will the new version run on Macs, there will be an iPhone and iPad version too.

In what might appear to be a gloomy announcement for Windows 7 and Windows Phone 7, Autodesk is finally acknowledging that a large segment of the high end computer market isn’t choosing the Microsoft route.

With the Mac consistently growing it’s market share, it was finally time for a big software name to return to the platform.

The new version of AutoCAD will cost $3,995 for both Mac and PC, and an iPhone and iPad compatible release is expected soon.

With a closed loop of devices including the iPad, AutoCAD users could take their files with them on-site, offering a significant productivity boost.

Written by Toby Leftly

Toby is a Mac nerd, a hardware nerd and a web nerd, rolled into one. You can find him at or on Twitter.

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  • Hank Bettis

    It is good to see a company doing what they need to do to stay relevant. There are a lot of companies today fighting against paradigm shifts, which is a big mistake.

  • Kevin

    AutoCAD on an iPhone? ya F’ing right. maybe a viewer for parts or what have you, but these CAD systems require fast processors, video cards and RAM.

  • Jacob Krustchinsky

    I understand this as a business move, but who would spend that much money on a CAD program to run it on an almost just as expensive machine with lower specs than a PC alternative.

  • Patty O’Furniture

    Autocad has clearly devolved itself into oblivion with it’s text-line command structure and 2D based format. Not a single human under the age of 30 is going to ever use software that is as un-user-friendly as Autodesk products. Their only hope is to try and recoup some losses by making their products available on platforms where solid modeling software is not available.