Tuesday, August 31, 2010

AutoCAD for Mac reappears after 18 year hiatus; along with it comes apps for the iPad and iPhone, as well

The announcement from Autodesk that it will once again offer its AutoCAD design software for Apple's Mac platform begs a chicken or egg type of question: is Autodesk returning to the Mac platform because they can also offer applications for Apple's iOS mobile platform, or are they offering the mobile applications because they are returning to Mac?
For Apple, this is a return to the good old days of early computing. “Apple is thrilled that Autodesk is bringing AutoCAD back to the Mac and we think it's the perfect combination for millions of design and engineering professionals,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing in the Autodesk release.

The new AutoCAD for Mac will be available in the fall, around the same time, I suppose, that the first applications for the iPhone and iPad will appear. Autodesk promises that the new mobile products will allow users to edit and share AutoCAD files in order to facilitate real-time collaboration.

Although developments like this one have little to do with media directly, it is another sign of the growth of the iPad, and reinforces the notion that the device will be used for functions besides just games and videos.