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Autodesk: AutoCAD WS a surprise hit, more integration coming

updated 08:15 pm EDT, Fri April 29, 2011

ObjectARX for AutoCAD Mac encouraging plug-ins

During a live event hosted on Facebook, members of Autodesk's Mac team responsible for both AutoCAD for Mac and the online web- and mobile-based app AutoCAD WS took questions from attendees and provided answers and insight, according to a report from Architosh. Questions ranged from the availability of third-party plug-ins to whether Autodesk would be willing to sell AutoCAD on the Mac App Store.

Users could participate in the live "Facechat" by using a Facebook app called Livestream, and around 50 users did so, peppering representatives with more questions than they could answer in the time allotted. The impression of attendees was that the company was just as interested in feedback from users as the participants were finding out more about future developments.

Third-party developer support was a topic of part of the discussion, with the company noting that it recently released a version of AutoCAD's programming tool ObjectARX for AutoCAD Mac, though it acknowledged that not all APIs were yet available to Mac developers. AutoCAD for the Mac can also customized and extended directly using LISP or C languages, but ObjectARX uses an easier object-oriented set of APIs.

In response to a question about AutoCAD WS, a mobile and online viewer for AutoCAD files, the company announced plans for deeper integration between it and the two desktop OS versions of AutoCAD, calling the app "a surprise hit" for the company. The development team also opened to the door to the possibility of selling AutoCAD on the Mac App Store, saying that they would consider it if they get enough support for the idea. If this happened, AutoCAD would be one of the most expensive apps on the store, as the full version sells for around $4,000. The team referred to the store's app-installation process as "slick."

Other questions included asking about Revit for Mac (which the team didn't answer) and the possibility of supporting Adobe Illustrator import and export, to which the answer was that if the AutoCAD team were going to do that, it would offer it to both PC and Mac platforms. The AutoDesk team also reiterated their support for upgrading and improving future versions of AutoCAD for Mac, including plans to incorporate more Mac-only features, without specifying any dates. [via Architosh]

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