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AutoCAD LT 2012 arrives on Mac App Store

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.

by MacNN Staff



  1. prl99

    Joined: Dec 1969


    too expensive

    When Apple first dropped the cost of Final Cut, it forced other vendors to rethink their overly expensive software. AutoCAD refuses to sell their software at a reasonable cost, even their lite version. I would like to know if Autodesk made use of any Core api's or simply translated their Windows coding again.

  1. chucker

    Joined: Dec 1969



    at least they produce a mac version,

    and anyway, if you have any competency with autocad, then $4K is chump change

  1. Hibernian56

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Try Draftsight

    Why would you pay $900 for ACAD LT, its old hat. Dessault produce the excellent Draftsight, its free.

    I know ACAD is powerful, but its also bloated and clunky.

    Most CAD work is done today in tailored apps. Vecktorwork / Archicad for Architecture etc. I use Solidworks for CAM. I think ACAD, only for the DWG file format is irrelevant these days.

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