updated 11:10 am EDT, Mon May 24, 2010
App should support 64-bit, Magic Mouse
AutoCAD is indeed coming to the Mac, a report says. In April, code comments in ObjectARX 2011 SDK files were noted to be pointing to a Mac port. These have been backed up with new screenshots of an early beta, codenamed Sledgehammer Beta 1. The release is said to be 64-bit native, and already supporting multi-touch gestures via a Magic Mouse.
AutoCAD is considered one of the most important computer-aided design programs, a standard platform for architects, product designers and engineers. It has been Windows-only for some time however, in spite of the Mac's popularity in graphics work. Part of the blame may attributable to the difficult of porting a complex rendering engine with sufficient speed.