Autodesk made good on its promise this summer to bring AutoCAD back to the Mac, launching the commercial release of the new platform along with a free educational license available to students and educators.
AutoCAD for the Mac, now available for download as a free trial offer, will feel familiar to Mac users with its interface that takes full advantage of Mac OS X, including the ability to graphically browse design files via the Cover Flow option as well as support for Multi-Touch gestures for panning and zooming on Mac notebooks. The new release, which supports Magic Mouse and Magic Trackpad, enables users to natively create and edit DWG files.
The software is also integrated with AutoCAD WS, a new Autodesk offering that lets users upload and manage designs in an online workspace directly from their desktops while easily sharing those files with suppliers or customers through a Web browser without having to own a full-blown version of the software. AutoCAD for Mac can also be used to share designs with Apple iOS devices like the iPad and iPhone for users equipped with the free AutoCAD WS mobile application.
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Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.