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May 23, 2010

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Hi Ralph,

Where did you see that it was written in "Flash" (AIR?). There're some other indications that at least some form of AutoCAd for Mac is in the works:

http://architosh.com/2010/04/mac-native-autocad-201-sighted-in-prbeta-sdk/

As to whether this is itself real... I see that Autodesk legal has allegedly had the original screenshots taken down (please not the 'allegedly'). The UI itself doesn't look too out of place for me - even Apple's own pro apps lack a certain consistency.

Ralph Grabowski

AutoCAD 2011 requires flash installed, and the Getting Started dialog box shows movies.

Autodesk gives hints it is working on a Mac version, but I doubt that a beta would be released this early in Italian.

Josh

Looks real Ralph... video from a reader...

http://www.solidsmack.com/design-news/autocad-sledgehammer-mac-autodesks-slams-the-hammer/

Ralph Grabowski

Perhaps this is Autodesk marketing using a guerilla marketing tactic.

Anthony Frausto

Ralph,

I too was curious about the language difference in the screen shots. The program is in English but the installer was in Italian. So I did a test. On the Mac when you change your system language the Finder changes entirely the next time you login into the system (log out, then back in). Applications on the other hand require a restart. If you use particular software tools (Apple's Xcode, for instance) I believe the software installer that is created picks up the Finder's language. Not all installers will do this. For example, Nemetschek North America's Vectorworks installer did not convert to Italian even though my system as set to Italian.

I tested this out and indeed it appears to be the case. All of Apple's software installers convert to Italian or any other language to match the Finder's language while the applications being installed themselves will load only the language they support.

Thus, the English and Italian language issue is resolved. This just goes further to my point that I made in my article that Autodesk is likely using Apple's Xcode tools by Apple and they completely rewrote Autodesk for Mac OS X.

As for the multi-touch gestures being different than what Apple would do? I'll have to review that issue as well. But this does appear to be a legit build.

elldove

AutoCAD for OS X beta is real. I have it open on my Mac right now.

Any skeptic can find a torrent (since this is a beta, the legality of downloading it is unclear. But for no reason that to see how real it is, download it, install it, open it, and then uninstall).

It's real.

daniel

Ralph. I work on this version of Autocad for MAC. This is surely not a fake.

Norm C.

Well, I'll be...
I wouldn't have thought that Autodesk would do it. After all, they had a Mac version years ago.

Mac users are going to get some choice too, with Graebert and Bricsys coming up with their own Mac versions possibly by the end of the year...

Paul

If it works on Mac OSX how far away can a Linux version be?

Norm C.

Paul, don't hold your breath. I would be surprised to see AutoCAD on Linux. There is nothing to gain for Autodesk. It may be interesting for small companies like Graebert and Bricsys, but for Autodesk, the potential Linux market is not worth the effort IMHO.

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