updated 03:50 pm EST, Wed February 17, 2010
Company also working on cloud-based utility
(Updated with SolidWorks' clarification) SolidWorks CEO Jeff Ray has announced that the company's 3D CAD software will be coming to the Mac platform as a native application. The executive, speaking at SolidWorks World 2010, revealed a newer version of SolidWorks running on a Mac, reportedly with an interface much different than current versions for Windows, according to Desktop Engineering.
It remains unclear if the demo featured a native Mac app, or if it was a special version hosted on a remote server. The company is also working on a cloud-based variant for cross-platform use.
"We're working on several concepts. One of the concepts is definitely running SolidWorks as a native Mac app, in addition to the no-install (browser-based) version," said SolidWorks' director of technical marketing Joe Dunne. "So you can run it on a Mac or run on a Mac machine using a browser -- take your pick."
SolidWorks has yet to announce a time-frame for its native Mac application. The cloud-based apps are expected to be ready later this year. [via Architosh]
Update: Despite the excitement surrounding SolidWorks' apparent projects on the Mac side, the company has cautioned against drawing early conclusions regarding a Mac version of the 3D CAD software. Although the company has stepped back from officially confirming a Mac release, the earlier reports from SolidWorks World 2010 have not been directly contradicted.