cad programs similar to autocad

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  1. ThomasM macrumors regular

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    anything out there that is equally good or better than autocad ?
    i will be using autocad next year at school, so i cant purchase the macbook if i cant use a similar program on it
     
  2. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

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    Dual-boot (once it's proven to work) into Windows and use Autocad?

    Edit:sue->use
     
  3. ThomasM thread starter macrumors regular

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    im not american, wich means i cant sue companies based on own stupidity.
    i would love a macbook, but im scared of ordering it when i dont know if i can use it on school.
     
  4. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

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    I'm not American either and I can't sue myself for my own spelling mistakes :D

    I meant use.

    What I meant you to do is:
    1) Wait to see if dual-booting OSX and Windows works on these machines
    2) If it does buy one and use Autocad on Windows.
     
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  6. Annon macrumors member

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    SketchUp works pretty good, they've got a demo on their site I'm pretty sure. It may not fit your needs, but it doesn't hurt to try the demo.
     
  7. Baldanzi macrumors member

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    +1

    Sketchup is excellent and written natively on a Mac (I use the PC version at work:( ). What are you going to school for? Sketchup is an excellent 3d DESIGN/Visualization tool...but it it not for fully rendered models (no ray tracing or no light sources other than the "sun") or for detailed working drawings for architects or engineers. However, for quickly building a model there is nothing better out there right now from a speed, simplicity, and preice point of view.

    Plus it workg great on a Mac!! BTW you can export/import with Autocad pretty well.
     
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  10. giffut macrumors 6502

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    You ...

    ... surely want to try "VectorWorks" for OSX: http://www.nemetschek.net/

    Like I understand it´s as close as you can get to AutoCad.
     
  11. theBB macrumors 68020

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    I remember seeing a very similar question in a thread from a few weeks ago. There were a few more suggestions there as well.
     
  12. jbob macrumors newbie

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    www.csi-concepts.com

    Concepts 2D, 3D & Unlimited, Version 3 - very impressive! Not only work with Acad, but also with Solidworks, Catia and ProE. Makes Acad seem like 80's technology. Oh that's right, it is 80's technology!
     

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