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Autodesk 'working round the clock' on AutoCAD for Lion

updated 10:50 am EDT, Tue July 12, 2011

Warns current software not compatible

Autodesk engineers are "working round the clock" on OS X Lion support for AutoCAD 2011 for Mac, according to a notice on the company's support pages. The developer in fact warns of "undesirable side effects" when trying to use the design suite in Lion. These include "issues with printing/plotting, Customer Error Reporting (CER), and more."

An official upgrade for AutoCAD may still be some time away. Even a planned beta has yet to be detailed in a formal announcement. When the beta does begin, participants will have to install a service pack to enable Lion compatibility.

AutoCAD 2011 for Mac debuted in October 2010. At the time it was the first Mac version of AutoCAD to ship in over 18 years, despite the software's status as an industry-standard tool. Some Mac-specific touches include support for multi-touch gestures.

by MacNN Staff



  1. prl99

    Joined: Dec 1969


    not surprising

    Autodesk probably coded AutoCAD 2011 the same way they coded their last version, putting in all kinds of system hooks they shouldn't have. Printing errors should not have been a problem between 10.6 and 10.7 if they had coded properly. They also should already have been testing their software using the Lion and Xcode betas but it's obvious they didn't. Sounds like Adobe.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Don't they know Apple is the only company allowed to put in system hooks they shouldn't be using? And don't they know the customers do not care if the software is as good as the Windows version or does everything they need it to do, and do that well. They care more that the software follows the programming rules laid out by apple.

    That's why we use the prl99 CAD program. It's great!

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: not surprising

    They also should already have been testing their software using the Lion and Xcode betas but it's obvious they didn't. Sounds like Adobe.

    Yeah, because we know Apple never makes big course corrections mid-stream. And companies have nothing better to do than just keep upgrading their software tools every time Apple decides a new version of xcode needs to be released.

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