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One interesting question was about the Mac App store and if the company will sell AutoCAD for the Mac on it. The response was “it depends if people want to buy it that way.” Autodesk complimented the Mac App store by saying it had “one slick installation process” but the company questions if a $4 thousand application is appropriate on that store. Also, the Mac App store works with iTunes accounts linked to credit cards. Is an app that expensive going to want to be purchased that way?
Another question was about supporting Adobe Illustrator import/export functionality. It may be that because of the Mac market that Adobe Illustrator support is uniquely required by AutoCAD for Mac users? The short answer was that “if we go after Illustrator support we would do it across platforms.”
Earlier in the session someone posted a question about Revit for the Mac. However, we joined the talk a bit later so we may have either missed that answer or the company ignored that question. We gather that it was ignored, as there were more questions thrown at them than they had possible time to address.
Finally, the company did respond to questions about future versions and Autodesk noted it is fully committed to refining, extending and developing future versions of AutoCAD for the Mac. They are particularly interested in capturing unique Mac-only features on the platform and bringing them to shine within AutoCAD for Mac. Yet, the big point of this event seems to be that the company is reaching out to get feedback. Feedback that will help them orient development work in the most favorable direction for the success of the product.
To learn more about AutoCAD for Mac go here.