AutoCAD on the Mac

Autodesk recently announced they will be shipping AutoCAD 2011 for the Mac (and iOS) sometime in the next couple of months. I think this is great move for them. Perhaps this relys a bit much on some old stereotypes of Mac vs Windows users, but I see this is Autodesk’s greater push beyond their traditional users into the more “creative” roles (the implication being that artsy-fartsy types use Macs). With their establishment of their Media & Entertainment vertical in 1999 and subsequent acquisitions, particularly that of the animation platform Maya in 2005, they have become a major player in visual creative services. While AutoCAD (or any 3D CAD platform for that matter) isn’t a traditional tool of many creative types, that doesn’t mean that it won’t find some interesting applications.