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This is our complete (WIP) listing of all Mac 3D apps, simply organized by alphabetical order. This is our master list and truncated lists are organized by industry categories.
The Mac platform has always been popular in architecture and it has featured some of the most innovative 3D applications ever developed, period. This list of 3D apps useful and commonly used in AEC is mostly focused on architects but all AEC pros may want to touch some of these. This list complements our other AEC app list coverage.
The Mac has surged in the CAID (computer-aided industrial design) market with many of the newer MCAD and product design tools being written natively for the macOS along with Windows. Additionally, general and powerful modelers have poured over to the platform as Apple has grown.
Due to its close relationship with film and broadcast TV industries, the animation, special effects, and compositing tools available for the Mac platform are quite extensive. Apple’s platform has full access to nearly all the largest tool families from the world’s leading software developers in these segments.
The Mac platform isn’t a minority player in an AEC industry moving to the cloud with the most important new digital platform to affect industry change—the new CDE (common data environment). This article introduces the reader to 18 different solutions and profiles 5 leaders against key CDE definition criteria.
The best Mac CAD applications offer more than just a great CAD solution. On the macOS platform they need to reach for their “mac-ness” and translate Apple’s ethos and user-interface design standards into a coherent CAD experience.
The MCAD market has traditionally ignored Apple, but things started changing in the late aughts. By 2010 – 2012 major new players like Siemens’ NX (Unigraphics) came to the platform. The strength of the MCAD platform for the macOS platform has grown a lot since, and there are now over 25 native macOS CAD apps meant to tackle MCAD industries.
Vectorworks is a globally leading BIM/CAD platform and the number one Mac CAD application with over half-million users worldwide. Over 30 plugin and add-on applications powerfully extend Vectorworks workflows.
ARCHICAD is the original BIM application and arguably the market leader for BIM innovation for the global architectural community. The veteran BIM application has more than 50 third-party Add-On applications that powerfully extend what ARCHICAD can do.
This is our complete (WIP) listing of all Mac CAD/CAM apps, simply organized in alphabetical order. This is our master list truncated lists are organized below for faster access to specific apps for different industries or CAD platforms.
Multi-disciplinary apps mean CAD apps of a generalist nature or apps broad enough to cover in detail two or more major industry sectors. Nearly all the macOS CAD apps here can address both MCAD sectors and AEC sectors but some less than others.
The Mac platform has always been popular in architecture circles in particular but increasingly within the overall AEC industry. This list of AEC CAD apps is just one component of what we will eventually have for AEC app list coverage.