After weeks of waiting, August 16th finally arrived. What was so special about today? Well Autodesk had a publicity event scheduled for 6:00pm Irish time. For 2 weeks CAD users around the world speculated just what this event might be about. Ideas ranged from AutoCAD LT going free to AutoCAD being released on Linux. In the end, neither of those ideas were even close to the mark.
What happened today was based all around OS X Lion and the Mac. AutoCAD 2012 for the Mac, AutoCAD LT 2012 for the Mac and a standalone AutoCAD WS app for the Mac. Since AutoCAD launched on the Mac last year and AutoCAD WS has been available through the browser since it launched, the biggest news of the day was that Autodesk have finally released AutoCAD LT for OS X. LT is available only through the Mac App Store for the princely sum of $899.99. Oh and it is only available in the US & Canada and according to the Q&A, there are no plans as of yet to release it to the rest of the world. I would imagine that will change sometime soon.
So, did all that rock your world?? It didn’t do much for me to be honest. I’m not sure what I was expecting, but I certainly didn’t think all the hype would be for the Mac based AutoCAD products. On the plus side, I found the facecast on Facebook to be quite interesting and the Q&A afterwards was quite informative.
Still though, I can’t help but feel that Autodesk tried to pull an “Apple” on this and hype the event beyond its worth. Reading posts on Facebook, Twitter and other blogs, I know a lot of users were very disappointed with today's event.
For more information, Shaan Hurleys blog “Between the Lines” has more information on the three products above or you can watch the Facecast below.