When I first discovered that Autodesk was working on AutoCAD for MAC I was a bit disappointed. I didn't want Autodesk to be distracted from their work on AutoCAD. I'm not sure that's a valid argument considering how many products Autodesk currently produces and maintains. What's one more right?
I completely understand why Autodesk chose to start this new product. Their clients that use Apple computers want it. Once that user base is large enough to support their own product why not? Autodesk already has several products that can be used on a MAC. That also means that Autodesk has the experience needed to get into a new market.
So, I have to admit that I have changed my mind about AutoCAD on MAC. I'm ok with it now. I'm not going to run out and get a MAC or AutoCAD for MAC just because it's there. Nope, not me. There are a few reasons for this. As I stated earlier, MACs cost too much for too little hardware that I can get in a PC for less cost. Also, AutoCAD for MAC cost about the same as AutoCAD for PC, but there is less there.
Autodesk recently released a list of features that re in AutoCAD for PC that are not in AutoCAD for MAC.
This is a great thing for Autodesk to do. I really appreciate it. How many companies release a brand new product and list its shortcomings? Not many. Doing this could keep some users form purchasing their new product. However, I feel that those that were considering buying AutoCAD for MAC are still going to purchase it, regardless of this list.
Many of the times on the "what's missing" list are not that big of a deal, but, for me, there are enough key features missing that I would not purchase it, even if I already had a MAC. In all fairness, if I had a MAC I might buy it even with these features missing. I don't know.
Here is my "short list" of key features that I would miss in production: