AutoCAD design software to again available on Apple’s Mac

Design software firm Autodesk Inc. has reportedly plans to again bring a version of its flagship AutoCAD software for Apple’s Macintosh computers.

Autodesk Inc. has decided to bring AutoCAD back for the Mc as it is again gaining momentum, owing to its use of Intel’s microprocessor technology.

In the early 1990s, Autodesk had started ignoring the Mac and concentrating on the PCs that run Microsoft’s Windows operating system, at a time when the Mac was losing ground due to rising popularity of windows. The last time AutoCAD was available on the Mac was in 1992.

The addition of Autodesk’s $4,000 program to the Mac software array could facilitate Apple in enjoying continued growth in Mac enterprise sales.

Speaking on Autodesk’s plans, Philip Schiller from Apple Inc said, “Apple is thrilled that Autodesk is bringing AutoCAD back to the Mac and we think it's the perfect combination for millions of design and engineering professionals.”

Autodesk senior vice-president Amar Hanspal said that the move to run directly on the Mac is a part of company’s strategy to end its dependence on Windows.

Autodesk will also launch a free app for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch that will allow users to view AutoCAD designs and make minor modifications.