Autocad for mac, any of you guys use it? Impresions?

Discussion in 'Design and Graphics' started by bouncer1, Oct 30, 2010.

  1. bouncer1 macrumors 6502

    Oct 6, 2010
    I would particularly like to hear from people how they feel the transition from the windows version is in terms of interface and capabilities.
  2. jahala macrumors regular


    Feb 7, 2008
    I have been using it for the last two weeks or so on my Unibody Macbook with 8GB of RAM. I can't really do a direct comparison since I use Autocad 2008 on Windows and this is 2011, but from having tried ACAD 2011 on Windows a couple times I can say that all the major stuff is there. ACAD 2011 for Mac does take advantage of the multi-touch gestures on the trackpads so that is nice.

    I have crashed it a couple times and it occasionally is slow to respond to my commands, but it works pretty well overall. I am excited to be able to do my drawing from my macbook now.

    I feel like they made an effort to make this a Mac Application. It does not feel like a port from Windows. The only real gripe I have about the interface is that it does not handle two screens very well. The palettes seem to be constrained to the main screen.
  3. bouncer1 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Oct 6, 2010
  4. LERsince1991, Nov 3, 2010
    Last edited: Nov 3, 2010

    LERsince1991 macrumors 65816

    Jul 24, 2008
    I've used all versions of autocad, the windows one does seem to be more responsive and use less resources but it has been around for years. The mac version is sometimes slow - mostly just when loading up and when no document is open as it fades out the tool palettes.

    Overall it's such a good program to eventually have on the mac and means no more windows partition for me! YES!

    However, some features are a little too simplified, but it does boast a few more cool features and easy to navigate then the windows version.

    running on a 4gb ram 13" uni macbook, 2.4ghz, 500gb HD. paired with a 22" monitor dual desktop. - Works well :)
    The latest drawing I'm working on took up 2.5gb ram when open - however this had like 421,000 lines in though so fair enough! (some drawn, some exported from google sketchup pro 8)

    I would get it if I were you, the updates that will start coming soon (I guess) will only improve the program.


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