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After a more than 15-year absence from the Mac, Autodesk released AutoCAD for Mac last year. Today, Autodesk released AutoCAD LT 2012, the "lite" version of AutoCAD, on the Mac App Store for $899.99. The company also announced a new version of its flagship AutoCAD for Mac software, and AutoCAD WS mobile product.

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Autodesk is the first third-party developer to launch a high-end product on the Mac App Store, and hand over 30 percent of its software revenue to Apple -- a controversial move to some, but Autodesk isn't concerned. Amar Hanspal, Autodesk's senior vice president for platform solutions and emerging business, told the Wall Street Journal that Apple is "acting as an agent for us" and is "commercially rewarded for doing that."

Autodesk's full-featured flagship AutoCAD for Mac product, which retails for $3,995, will not be sold through the Mac App Store. Hanspal noted "there is a price level you cannot exceed" at the online store -- Apple's maximum price for any App Store application is $999.99.
"Since the release of AutoCAD for Mac last year, customer feedback has been overwhelmingly positive, further validating the need for professional design and engineering software on the Mac platform," said Amar Hanspal, senior vice president, Autodesk Platform Solutions and Emerging Business. "Bringing AutoCAD LT and AutoCAD WS to the Mac shows our continued commitment to making design more accessible for an ever-greater number of people to shape the world around them."

AutoCAD for Mac 2012 software includes familiar AutoCAD capabilities, such as 2D and 3D design tools, and includes 3D free-form modeling capabilities; 3D visualization and rendering; network licensing; advanced customization of the menus; support for LISP and ObjectARX and ObjectDBX applications; and more. AutoCAD LT for Mac follows common native Mac application user interface guidelines, with a familiar Apple menu bar together with a number of workflow-based palettes. AutoCAD LT for Mac also supports native Mac OS X behavior, including Cover Flow navigation and Multi-Touch gestures.

AutoCAD LT for Mac is perfectly suited for designers, architects and engineers who prefer to work in a native Mac environment and need to create, edit or review designs, technical drawings and documentation.
AutoCAD LT 2012 is available for $899.99 on the Mac App Store. AutoCAD for Mac 2012 is $3,995 and purchasing options are available through Autodesk.

Article Link: Autodesk Releases AutoCAD LT on Mac App Store
 

Navdakilla

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Talk about a dent in the wallet.

I'm in mechanical engineering (going to senoir year) and have only had one class where we learned basics of autocad.
Any one have any idea if they teach more intense classes in my last year (I'm talking 3D modeling etc)? I would love to learn more advanced autocad.
 

soloer

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I'm a bit stunned at the price. I don't use AutoCAD, and am feeling too lazy to google it, but does the Windows version cost that much?
 

aprilfools

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This is probably not the correct forum to address this irritation of mine, but what's with the line "available on the mac app store"? "On" does not make any sense to me and not sure why Apple uses the same line. Just plan dumb. It should be "in the mac app store. "In" Who decided "On" and thought it was good idea?
 
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TheSideshow

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Talk about a dent in the wallet.

I'm in mechanical engineering (going to senoir year) and have only had one class where we learned basics of autocad.
Any one have any idea if they teach more intense classes in my last year (I'm talking 3D modeling etc)? I would love to learn more advanced autocad.

At my university we use mostly Solidworks for 3D modeling in the ME Dept. AutoCAD, so far, has only been used very quickly in one of my MATE classes.
 

Crzyrio

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Apple is "acting as an agent for us" and is "commercially rewarded for doing that."

It is funny how a company selling a 900$ product is completely Cool about this but people selling 0.99$ and 10$ books/apps make such a big deal about that fact.


On Topic : Its awesome that these High Profile Programs are finally making its way to Mac, soon I wont need bootcamp :)
 

dona83

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I'm a bit stunned at the price. I don't use AutoCAD, and am feeling too lazy to google it, but does the Windows version cost that much?

The Windows version costs the same for the both the LT and full versions. AutoCAD MEP/Architectural costs $5,000, and Revit even more. Businesses typically buy these full versions up to Revit while a self employed designer may opt to go with LT, although the 3D capabilities in MEP/Revit/Architectural is amazing, not only can it design amazing 3D models that is also easy to print in 2D drawings required by the builders, it is also quicker to draft in 3D than in 2D.

AutoDesk probably doesn't mind the 30% cut since this is probably the same cut they give to their AutoDesk authorized resellers per license sold. These Autodesk resellers are relentless vultures like car salesmen but worse.
 

enklined

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I'm a bit stunned at the price. I don't use AutoCAD, and am feeling too lazy to google it, but does the Windows version cost that much?

I use Autocad Civil 3D on a daily basis at work - $5,000 (ish) price tag.

They need to release Civil 3D on Mac so I can justify switching my company over ;) Until then, these Mac releases are (unfortunately) useless to me.
 

bdkennedy1

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OF course Autodesk isn't concerned about Apple's 30%. The price is so outrageous they have nothing to worry about.
 

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aprilfools said:
This is probably not the correct forum to address this irritation of mine, but what's with the line "available on the mac app store"? "On" does not make any sense to me and not sure why Apple uses the same line. Just plan dumb. It should be "in the mac app store. "In" Who decided "On" and thought it was good idea? Hello? anybody home?

Thank you for posting your comment in MacRumors.

Many people enjoy posting things in the Internet, and you're one of them. Whenever I write in my blog or post in Facebook, I like to think of all the other people out there putting their deepest thoughts in the web.

So...that all sounds correct to you??
 

Crzyrio

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OF course Autodesk isn't concerned about Apple's 30%. The price is so outrageous they have nothing to worry about.

If anything they should be more worried, they are giving apple 250+$ instead of keeping it to themselves.
 

aprilfools

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Thank you for posting your comment in MacRumors.

Many people enjoy posting things in the Internet, and you're one of them. Whenever I write in my blog or post in Facebook, I like to think of all the other people out there putting their deepest thoughts in the web.

So...that all sounds correct to you??

sorry but, you can not compare in/on the internet with in/on mac app store.
 

brdeveloper

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It is funny how a company selling a 900$ product is completely Cool about this but people selling 0.99$ and 10$ books/apps make such a big deal about that fact.


On Topic : Its awesome that these High Profile Programs are finally making its way to Mac, soon I wont need bootcamp :)

Maybe these high profile software manufacturers get better commission fees like 25%. We don't know nothing about what happens in the background. Certainly they didn't submit their software through an automatized channel like most toy-app makers.
 

Crzyrio

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Maybe these high profile software manufacturers get better commission fees like 25%. We don't know nothing about what happens in the background...

Even if they were, although I doubt it. I am sure all the other developers would still complain about a 25% cut.
 

Small White Car

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sorry but, you can not compare in/on the internet with in/on mac app store.

Well, I did and Apple did and pretty much everyone else I know does.

Since you're in the minority here, you need to tell me why you think the Mac app store is closer to a physical building than it is to a website.

'Cause, to me, it looks a LOT more like a website than a building.
 
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