Autodesk has announced that, at the moment, there is no AutoCAD 2012, 2013 for Mac support for Mac OS X10.8 Mountain Lion, Apple’s latest update to their OS. There is also no support for AutoCAD LT 2012 or 2013. According to Autodesk’s Services and Support website covering this issue, “undesirable effects can occur” if you have any of the above listed products installed on Mountain Lion.
Some of those issues are:
- Issues with Installer re-start
- Resetting applications
- Cursor missing when printing to PDF
- And more
Autodesk says that “engineers are working round the clock to support Mountain Lion for these products” which is good news. Autodesk also says that until a service pack is available they highly recommend not installing Mac OS X 10.8 on any of your machines that are running AutoCAD or AutoCAD LT 2012 or 2013.
Autodesk is planning on announcing a beta program in the near future for a service pack that will remedy this situation. So keep your ears open.
I have to say that I am disappointed that Autodesk wasn’t ready for Mountain Lion. In Autodesk’s defense, the developers release was only made available in June. I mean it has only been a month and AutoCAD isn’t a small app to update for a new OS. But still, the update sounds as if it is months away.
What does this mean for Windows 8 which is due out October 26th? The developers release was out months ago and the consumer release has been out too. Autodesk has three more months to get AutoCAD ready for the new Windows. How ready will they be?