AEC Tech News (#304)

18 Aug, 2011 By: Cadalyst Staff

Autodesk releases two new products for infrastructure professionals and three Mac-specific versions of AutoCAD.

Autodesk Unveils Three AutoCAD Offerings Made for Mac

Expanding on last year's reintroduction of AutoCAD to the Mac platform, the company releases full, LT, and WS versions.

By Cadalyst Staff and Curt Moreno

AutoCAD 2012 for Mac

Early this month, Autodesk began to promote a mystery announcement to come on August 16, dubbed "Design 8.16." The company hinted at impending drama via Twitter, revealed details to CAD bloggers under a non-disclosure agreement, and offered the news for pre-launch publication by the Wall Street Journal before getting down to business with a live webcast and Q&A on Facebook.

The clandestine news was finally revealed to be three new releases for Mac users: AutoCAD 2012 for Mac, AutoCAD LT 2012 for Mac, and AutoCAD WS for Mac. Although Autodesk reintroduced native AutoCAD for the OS X platform last year, this is the first time the company has offered AutoCAD LT or AutoCAD WS for the Mac.

AutoCAD 2012 for Mac

The fullest native Mac version, AutoCAD 2012 for Mac ($3,995) was built specifically for Mac OS X Lion. The software provides 3D solid, surface, and mesh modeling capabilities, as well as 3D visualization and rendering. It includes AutoLISP functionality and can support existing LISP programs (as long as they don't have Microsoft or DCL dependencies).

AutoCAD 2012 for Mac also supports:

  • ObjectARX and ObjectDBX applications
  • Exporting to PDF with TrueType fonts
  • All Apple-approved graphics cards and other hardware
  • Native Mac OS X behavior, including Cover Flow navigation and Multi-Touch gestures.


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Curt Moreno is a Houston, Texas–based CAD manager, writer, and wannabe speaker who has been using AutoCAD since 1990.

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Autodesk Expands Scope of BIM for Infrastructure Solutions

Two new software releases support conceptual design and electric utility management.

By Cadalyst Staff

"Imagine if you could create a 3D model of an entire city in less than an hour." Paul McRoberts, vice-president of Autodesk's infrastructure product line group, presented that enticing scenario to the media this week when introducing two additions to the company's BIM for Infrastructure portfolio: Autodesk Infrastructure Modeler 2012 and AutoCAD Utility Design 2012. The conceptual design and electrical distribution network design programs joined Autodesk's collection of software intended to help infrastructure professionals increase efficiency and remove waste from their processes.

McRoberts sketched a daunting picture of the challenges facing professionals who design and manage infrastructure. In addition to completing more work with fewer employees (by, say, modeling Boston in record time), industry professionals need to replace old, crumbling systems; build out new infrastructure to support growing populations and green energy production; and communicate the details of these projects to a variety of stakeholders. Autodesk seeks to ease all these burdens with its two newest releases.

Autodesk Infrastructure Modeler 2012

McRoberts introduced Autodesk Infrastructure Modeler as "a great product for getting the public and corporate stakeholders involved in the early stages of the project." In this case, "the public" includes city councils and NIMBY ("Not in my backyard!") activists who require project information to alleviate their concerns. As McRoberts explained, that requires "relating [project] information to someone who's a librarian or an accountant, someone who's not from this industry ... people who aren't all that familiar with the design and construction world." In addition to communicating project proposals, the conceptual design software enables GIS, planning, and civil engineering professionals to model existing infrastructure, import detailed models, and create 3D thematic maps. Read more »

Paul Aubin


Mark Your Calendar: AEC Events


Design Master User Conference 2011
September 15–16, 2011
Cincinnati, Ohio
At this event, attendees can learn about using BIM (building information modeling) software for the MEP (mechanical, electrical, and plumbing) industry. Read more »

CADWorx & Analysis University 2011
September 19–21, 2011
Houston, Texas
CAU2011 is a global user-oriented plant design and engineering conference that includes classes, hands-on labs, and user presentations covering the CADWorx Plant Design Suite; CAESAR II for pipe stress analysis; and PV Elite for vessel and exchanger analysis. Read more »

Bentley Plant User Group Conference
October 5–7, 2011
Biloxi, Mississippi
This annual user conference is in its 13th year. Attendees can learn about upcoming Bentley product releases and how other companies have utilized the software, and discuss customization and problem-solving issues by participating in a group breakout session. Read more »

For a complete list of CAD meetings, conferences, training sessions, and more, check out our calendar of events on Are you hosting an event that you would like to include in our calendar? Submit details at least two weeks in advance to


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