The Tides Favour the Mac?

By on November 2, 2010
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AutoCAD 3D engineering and design returns to the Apple platform

Not enough attention in our region was given to the announcement that came out few weeks ago- Autodesk, the maker of AutoCAD 3D engineering and design software, returning to develop for the Apple platform. Autodesk has actually started to ship its most famous application; AutoCAD, for the Apple Mac computers. The package includes a free mobile version called AutoCAD WS, specifically for iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch. The WS lets users edit and share their AutoCAD designs while on the move.

AutoCAD for Mac sports an intuitive interface that will feel familiar to Mac users. It also supports easy collaboration regardless of the platform in use, so users can upload and manage designs in their online workspace directly from the desktop and easily edit and share those designs through a web browser or Apple iOS devices.

Simply put, it’s a victorious moment for Apple which has been working hard to lure more enterprise applications to its platform. Autodesk applications are being used by 10 million professional engineers, architects, designers and artists in 185 countries.

“The release of AutoCAD for Mac marks the return of professional design and engineering software to the Mac platform,” said Amar Hanspal, senior vice president, Autodesk Platform Solutions and Emerging Business. “Both the Mac and mobile devices have become serious business platforms within the last few years.”

“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,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “The AutoCAD WS app is a bold new idea, a mobile version of industry-leading design software for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.”

The decision to buy a PC or a Mac used to rely heavily on software availability for every platform. Today, nearly everything is available on the Mac OS X. With the continuous success of the iOS based mobile devices, which basically requires a Mac OS X to develop for, the shift from using PCs to Macs seems to be gaining momentum.

No one wants to risk missing out on the rise of iPhone and iPad applications market. Those who provides applications on all these platform: PC, cloud and Mobile will reap the benefits. Those who don’t- better start packing.

You might see this as an incidental case- and it might be. It may also mark the start of a major move to Macs. According to, combined Apple devices have over 1% of global browsing share, which is now higher than Linux. Mac OS X had 5% of the global market share in last August 2010, while Windows remained dominant with 91.34% share. Microsoft might not need to worry, but they should keep a very open eye, the tides are slowly changing, against them.


Raouf Shabayek, an editor, blogger and writer residing in Dubai, UAE. He writes in his blog:

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