Dear Santa…do I want AutoCAD for Windows or Mac?

Although there is an exhilarating surprise not knowing what’s inside the box… (as you tear into it!)  “Is it a TIE or SOCKS?”

But not so much with software! People don’t like surprises when it comes to their production tools. They want to know exactly what they are getting before they take it out of the box.  So in this Blog I want to compare Apples to Oranges (or in this case… Windows.) 

How is AutoCAD 2013 for Mac different from AutoCAD 2013?

AutoCAD for Mac does include a lot of same commonly used functionality of AutoCAD, for example 2D & 3D tools (like 3D free-form modeling and visualization). You can customize of the user interface, they both support LISP and ObjectARX/DBX applications, along with some others…And they both create files in the same native DWG™ file format and are based on a lot of the same source code.

However, AutoCAD for Mac is not completely the same as the Windows-based software. AutoCAD for Mac has a look and feel that is familiar to Mac users and a feature set most appropriate for the OS X environment. But the program was completely rewritten from the ground up and by doing this, also meant some features would not be applicable to Mac OS X.

But just like hanging stockings, The AutoCAD team also carefully evaluated the entire feature set, with help from user feedback and usage data, elves (not verified), and those commands that are most important to naughty and nice AutoCAD users everywhere.

Now, some features not currently included in AutoCAD for Mac may be under consideration for future releases, while others are not due to platform incompatibilities or lack of user interest, or just a rotten sugarplum. (You know; the kind that doesn’t dance.) So for now, let’s show you how it compares currently, that way you can choose your own preference…

Windows HAS & Mac DOESN’T… 



















Mac HAS & Windows DOESN’T…







Here is a link to the AutoCAD 2013 Platform Comparison Matrix

And as a added bonus here is a link to see how to can try both platforms

Windows and Mac Cross-Platform Licensing…

As you can see there is a lot more of the functionality in the Windows version; but it’s also decades older and has had a lot of time to grow. I’m sure in time AutoCAD for Mac will soon be comparable to it’s older Windows sibling. Have a Happy Holiday and whether you get Windows or Mac in your stocking… just be glad it’s not a lump of coal!

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5 thoughts on “Dear Santa…do I want AutoCAD for Windows or Mac?

  1. great straightforward article.. my cad drafting experience is only through the mac platform because of what my school provides. I think I may suggest moving onto pc…. lol

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