- Architosh Staff ([email protected])
- 6 Dec 2004 [Ed. 7 Dec 04]
Microspot Addresses Autocad Compatibility with new Microspot DWG Viewer for Mac OS X
United Kingdom-based Microspot Limited, has introduced today Microspot DWG Viewer for Mac OS X, the first product on the Mac platform to specifically address the need for viewing native Autocad (.dwg) files,
Microspot DWG Viewer
Microspot DWG Viewer allows users to view and print native Autocad (DWG) files in 2D on the Macintosh (OS X 10.2.8 or higher) platform. Each layer of the drawing may be shown, grayed or hidden, depending on the needs of the user. Additionally, each layer may be shown at various zoom levels. Using Microspot DWG Viewer Macintosh users can print native Autocad files to any connected printer as well as produce PDF versions of those files using Apple's native PDF format technology in Mac OS X.
Focused on the Viewer Market
Microspot DWG Viewer will not allow editing of the drawing information, nor will it allow market-up capability without the additional use of Adobe Acrobat Professional for Mac OS X. However, used together this new product allows for the first time a concentrated solution for viewing and markup of Autocad files on the Mac platform -- something Architosh has been monitoring as a need for years.
Microspot DWG Viewer is available at the Microspot web store (www.microspot.com) for US customers and at the UK web store (www.microspot.co.uk) for UK customers. DWG Viewer is $49US and 42.50euro.
To learn more visit: www.microspot.com
Architosh Analysis: Well...it's about time somebody actually took up the challenge to produce a simple viewer for Mac users that didn't cost a lot. While Mac users persistently wait for Autodesk to finish producing a native (DWF) viewer -- something the company has committed to doing -- Microspot's DWG Viewer will suffice for most people's viewing needs. The company admits it's a work in progress and will be improved upon. Coupled with Acrobat Professional it will allow folks like urban planners, real estate professionals and architects to view, print and pass around native Autocad files with markups (when used with Acrobat).
It should be pointed out that Autodesk first announced Autodesk DWF 6 for Mac OS X more than a year ago and yet the product is nowhere in site.
[Ed. 7 Dec 04: Minor rewriting and additions.]
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