Autodesk Launches Autocad For Mac

Graphic design software maker Autodesk has dished out the first ever Mac version of its popular AutoCAD 3D design and architecture software.

According to the company, AutoCAD for Mac will come with support for multitouch gestures made from the track pad and Apple's new Magic Mouse and will also come with a cover flow design browsing option similar to the iTunes album cover flow.

In a statement to CNET, Amar Hanspal, senior vice president of Autodesk Platform Solutions and Emerging Business, said that “The release of AutoCAD for Mac marks the return of professional design and engineering software to the Mac platform and an important convergence of power and design.”

Interestingly, Autodesk has also released an AutoCAD application, the Sketchbook, for Apple's iPad tablet PC device along with iPhone and iPod Touch for as little as $3.

Even though the iPad app won't offer the core functions available on the desktop versions, designers will be able to showcase their work, make minor design changes and share them with friends or business associates, on the go.