Mac users don't have to miss out on the best of 2D CAD

Mac users don't need miss out on certain features of AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT. The Mac-native versions of these programs provide the ultimate creative platform. 

AutoCAD for Mac

The debate between Mac and PC computer systems has been raging for what feels like forever. Each comes with its own set of unique features and some great selling points, and both are immensely popular for CAD.

However, the huge popularity of PCs in commercial environments has traditionally meant that most software tends to skew towards it. That's starting to change though, especially with the proliferation of powerful Mac laptops that are becoming very common in the design industry. To cater to this previously-overlooked operating system, Autodesk has rolled out the latest iteration of AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT with an exclusive version just for Macs. Here's what sets it apart.

The ultimate Mac-native CAD platform

Both versions of AutoCAD are optimised to run on a Mac, so regardless of whether you're interested in the fully-featured program or the leaner 2D-focused LT edition, you'll be getting software that is perfectly integrated with your operating system. 

In more practical terms, this means that the Autodesk team has removed issues that Mac users would previously have to deal with, making it far easier to get on with designing. One of the most important changes in the 2017 version of the software is a completely redesigned user interface.

Aside from a modern aesthetic, the UI has new tool sets, updated tabs and a streamlined layout perfect for working on a laptop. Tool sets are now divided into two categories for drafting and modelling, depending on what you want to do, and it's possible to completely customise the UI to suit whatever type of work you're doing, and clear away any of the unnecessary features cluttering the screen. 

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New features from PC, and a few unique ones too

In previous versions of AutoCAD for Mac, a very popular feature was always missing. This was the ability to import a PDF file and extract data such as geometry, TrueType text and images. PDF files can also be attached to drawings and exported as references, which is ideal when collaborating with other designer on the same project. It's also worth noting that files can easily be bounced from a Mac version of AutoCAD to a PC, so there are no limitations on different operating systems within the same company. 

Finally, there are a few bells and whistles with AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT for Mac that take advantage of the operating system's unique features. One of the most exciting of these is the ability to work in native Full Screen Mode, allowing for a greater working area and more precise drawings. 

Contact Redstack for more information and pricing on a Mac-based CAD solution to meet your needs.

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