I’ll leave covering the Apple announcement to the many iFan blogs other than to say it was more a story of refinement than surprise for iPad, nice for OS X Mavericks upgrade to be free on the desktop.
What I wasn’t expecting was a new AutoCAD for Mac 2014 and AutoCAD LT 2014 for Mac to match the OS X update. This is the first AutoCAD optimised for the Retina display and from the screen shots I’ve seen it benefits both UI and document display fidelity.
In addition to the display and OS X compatibility changes AutoCAD For Mac has some new features:
- Drawing Sync (using the Autodesk 360 cloud service)
- Package Drawing: Similar to AutoCAD Windows Etransmit it packages a drawing and dependent resources (linked files/images, fonts etc) for archive or transmittal
- Revised Startup Screen and new Help System
It’s not the same, feature wise, as AutoCAD Windows but getting closer. For more detail on that check out this feature comparison: