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Mac architecture market consolidates

updated 07:35 pm EDT, Mon June 30, 2008

Autodesk acquires GBS

Autodesk has acquired the assets of Green Building Studio (GBS), further consolidating the market for Mac-based architecture software. GBS' web service will soon join the Autodesk product family, while the GBS team will continue selling, training, and supporting architects as they use the GBS web service to design carbon neutral buildings today and in the future. Autodesk also plans to continue support for the Green Building Studio web service and carbon neutral building design training. The gbXML schema will remain an open industry standard, and the GBS web service will continue to be available to any other BIM software.

by MacNN Staff



  1. boulder1259

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Mac support to cease?

    Given that Autodesk doesn't support Macs, does anyone know if Autodesk has announced their future plans for Green Building Studio with respect to Mac support?

    My guess, and it is only a guess, is that they will drop support for Graphisoft's ArchiCAD (and Mac support along with that...) as the first opportunity.

  1. bobolicious

    Joined: Dec 1969


    A dubious day...

    ...for the architectural community... This effort was originally I believe funded by pubic (government) monies...

  1. RonMan

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Not a good day

    I heard about this last week and was saddened. The Mac will loose another architecture tool shortly. Autodesk has little interest in the Mac market and only continues to support those products that had a strong Mac presence BEFORE their purchase. Even then we are living on borrowed time.

    Sad day.


  1. bobolicious

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Acquiring talent...

    ...and attracting / motivating talent seem historically mutually exclusive pursuits - the transition may be inevitable however history has a habit of repeating itself...

  1. JeffHarris

    Joined: Dec 1969


    ArchiCAD is Safe

    ArchiCAD was acquired by Nemetschek AG, NOT mediocre AutoDesk! Thankfully!

    Nemetschek is also the parent company of VectorWorks, so ArchiCAD is in pretty good hands. Nemetschek assured users that VectorWorks and ArchiCAD are very different products and will both continue to be developed.

    I remember trying a copy of AutoCAD 12 for Mac years ago. It was such a dismal piece of trash, that word got around and nobody bought it, much less used it. AutoDesk stopped developing for the Mac in a huff.

    Obviously they were used to an undiscerning, captive user base, so the outright rejection by the Mac CAD using community was a big shock... "We do NOT write c*** software! How dare anyone criticize!"

    It's a shame to se them get their claws into a "rival" developer.

  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969


    MS-ACAD Monopoly

    When Autodesk's AutoCAD was in DOS format, it was also available for MAC

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