updated 03:20 pm EDT, Tue August 16, 2011
LT released ahead of full software
Autodesk has announced that AutoCAD LT 2012 has been released on the Mac App Store. The LT release serves as a downsized edition of the full AutoCAD 2012 package, which is set to late in the week. Users can take advantage of 2D drafting and detailing tools for creating and editing technical drawings, saved in the popular DWG file format supported by the range of AutoCAD software for Mac and Windows machines.
The 2012 update brings several new features, adding associative and path arrays while enabling users to delete duplicate objects, blend objects and nudge objects. The UI has also been improved with auto-complete commands, a sheet set manager and UCS direct manipulation.
The full AutoCAD for Mac 2012 release will provide a wider range of features, including 3D design tools with support for free-form modeling, 3D visualization and 3D rendering.
AudoCAD LT 2012 is now available on the Mac App Store for $900. The company is also planning to offer a free AutoCAD WS 2012 app for collaboration using DWG files, while the full AutoCAD release will be available by August 19 directly from the company for $3995.