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
Walkthroughs, flybys, and animations
Markup set manager
WMF import and export
FBX import and export
Import SketchUp files (SKP)
3D print studio
Reference Navisworks models
Right-click menus, keyboard shortcuts, and double-click customization
Action recorder and action macros
Reference manager (stand-alone application)
Autodesk desktop app
Migration tool enhancements
CAD standards tools
CUI import and export
BIM 360 add-in
* To be fair, AutoCAD 2017 for Mac does have a Ribbonesque feature, albeit one that that looks more like the pre-2009 Dashboard than the Windows-style Ribbon.
** Autodesk claims Content Palette to be roughly equivalent to DesignCenter, but it claimed that (wrongly) about the awful and short-lived Content Explorer. It’s wrong here too; Content Palette on Mac has nowhere near the functionality of DesignCenter on Windows.
*** Autodesk claims AutoCAD for Mac’s Project Manager is functionally equivalent to the missing Sheet Set Manager.
Also, some PDF export features don’t work when plotting, only when using Publish.
No workspaces? No model documentation? No hyperlinks? No table style editing? Various kinds of reference files unsupported? No Visual LISP or DCL? Still? Come on Autodesk, you’re not even trying.
That’s before we get on to the lack of third party applications, vertical variants and object enablers. Is Autodesk expecting full price for this thing? Really?
It’s not all bad news, though. Not having Autodesk desktop app is no handicap at all. Also, according to Autodesk the following features are unique to AutoCAD for Mac:
External reference path mapping
OpenGL Core Profile support
OS notification for updates
Language switching in product
Well that’s all right, then.