AutoCAD is BY FAR the best drafting/design software there is. I may be biased because I have been using AutoCAD since 1995, but even still, I would put it up against any other drafting software (I’m looking at you MicroStation).
AutoCAD on a PC is a BEAST. AutoCAD on a Mac…notsomuch. So to commemorate AutoDesk‘s (the parent company of AutoCAD) grand entrance back to Apple computers, AutoDesk is also bringing an “AutoCAD Lite” version to the iPhone, iPod Touch, and the iPad.
I can remember when architects and drafters marveled at the old school tablets that were supposed to eliminate the need for us to carry around large printouts of floor plans to sites or meetings. Of course, those tablets, with their rotating screens and stylus pens, didn’t take off quite like the world wanted.
Enter the iPad, with its touch screen and all-about-mobility attitude, not to mention a mobile OS versus full-blown computer guts, that should bring Architects and drafters back to the table when it comes to using mobile devices to view, annotate, and maybe even edit drawings.
I am definitely interested in seeing how AutoCAD looks and feels on my iPad. I’m just hoping that it doesn’t cost the same as the full desktop version for PC and Mac to find out ($4 grand).
Can someone say “Student and Teacher edition?”