When Autodesk rolled out a great app for the iPad, I was shocked. But I wasn’t prepared for this news:
In the latest sign of that comeback, Autodesk plans to announce on Tuesday that it is bringing its flagship AutoCAD design and engineering software to the Mac for the first time in nearly two decades.
The return of AutoCAD to the Mac could help Apple sustain its momentum in the competitive market for personal computers, especially with business customers, where Apple has made significant inroads recently. Autodesk estimates that 10 million people use the AutoCAD software around the world, and the company said that its customers had been asking for a Mac version with growing frequency.
?This is an endorsement from our side that design and engineering customers are taking the Macintosh seriously again,? said Amar Hanspal, senior vice president for platform solutions at Autodesk.
The Mac was once a popular platform for AutoCAD. But Apple?s share of the personal computer market dwindled in the early 1990s, so Autodesk made its last version of AutoCAD for the Mac in 1992, and stopped supporting it in 1994. The company continued to make other products for the Mac, including software used in the entertainment industry.
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