AutoCAD 2017 for Mac and AutoCAD LT 2017 for Mac have been released. Here’s a video highlighting exciting and innovative new features such as drawing and layout tabs. Despite such stellar advances, it’s safe to say that AutoCAD for Mac remains half-baked, even after all these years. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.
According to Autodesk, these are the features missing from AutoCAD 2017 for Mac:
LAYDEL, LAYMRG, LAYWALK and LAYVPI
New layer notification
Sheet Set Manager***
Feature finder for help
Model documentation tools
Dynamic block lookup parameter creation/editing
Table style editing
Multiline style creation
Simplified, powerful rendering
Material creation, editing, and mapping
Advanced rendering settings
A couple of years ago, I reported on the missing features in AutoCAD 2011 for Mac. While some generous souls were prepared to accept something half-baked as a first attempt, even that excuse doesn’t wash when it comes to a third iteration. So how well is Autodesk doing at filling those holes? Decide for yourself. Here’s an updated list of missing features in AutoCAD 2013 for Mac:
- Quick Properties Palette
- Layer State Manager
- New Layer Notification
- Various layer commands including LAYCUR, LAYDEL, LAYMRG, LAYWALK, and LAYVPI
- Autocomplete doesn’t work entirely properly, including offering commands that don’t exist
- Quick Select
- Tool Palettes
- Navigation Bar
- Sheet Set Manager (but there is Project Manager)
- Model Documentation Tools (but at least now there are object enablers)
- Geographic Location
- Table Style Editing
- Hatch Creation Preview
- Multiline Style Creation
- Digitizer Integration
- Change Space
- Express Tools
- Material Creation, Editing, and Mapping
I have been somewhat neglectful of this blog lately, including a failure to mention that my ClassicArray™ plug-in for AutoCAD 2012 has been shipping since 1 May 2011. Thank you to those people from various places around the world who have been prepared to go to the effort of registering and paying for the product.
Here are some details of the product taken from the ClassicArray page:
ClassicArray is a simple-to use but powerful tool for creating arrays in AutoCAD.
- Provides a dialog box interface to AutoCAD 2012’s Array command. The familiar interface method provides continuity with earlier releases.
- Supports the creation of both associative and traditional non-associative arrays.
- Provides an in-dialog preview panel to give you a quick idea of what your array will look like before any objects are created.
- Allows creation of a preview array which can be accepted, rejected …
You may remember my pre-release speculation about what was likely to be missing from the Mac version of AutoCAD 2011. It turns out that my list was pretty accurate as far as it went, but very incomplete.
In a move that I can only applaud, Autodesk has now published its own list of missing Mac features. It includes this statement:
Although AutoCAD 2011 for Mac is based on AutoCAD 2011, it was written to be a native Mac application. As such, it is a new and separate product and not simply a port from the Windows version. In the first release of this new product, there are some features and functionality that exist in AutoCAD 2011 that are not yet available in AutoCAD 2011 for Mac, including (but not limited to):
This is followed by a list of over 80 holes in the product. Many of them are …
This year, the Autodesk University people are allowing you to vote on the various sessions (classes). Here’s the link:
AU 2008: Help Us Select the Sessions
If I can sort out a few practical details, I am hoping to attend this year as a speaker. I have submitted four session proposals. These are:
Customization and Programming
Be unfashionable in style with LISP and DCL – Introduction
Be unfashionable in style with LISP and DCL – Intermediate
Be unfashionable in style with LISP and DCL – Advanced
How to make a great CAD blog for next to nothing
If you intend attending AU this year, I encourage you to vote for the sessions you would like to see presented.