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Autodesk has announced a version of Autocad that runs natively on Mac OS X to increase the choice of hardware options for users of the professional design and engineering software.

Autodesk also announced the Autocad WS mobile application, an app for Ipad, Iphone and Ipod Touch that will allow users to edit and share Autocad designs in the field.

Autocad for Mac features graphical browsing of design files with Cover Flow and use of Multi-Touch gestures on Mac notebooks, Magic Mouse and Magic Trackpad for intuitive pan and zoom features.

User experience design patterns, such as the visual approach to drawing and layout management, have also been incorporated into Autocad for Mac.

With support for native creation and editing files in the DWG file format, Autocad for Mac also offers collaboration with suppliers, customers, clients and partners regardless of platform.

Files created in previous versions of Autocad will open in Autocad for Mac, reducing file translation time and cleanup of converted data.

Autocad for Mac also offers an extensive API (application programming interface) and flexible customisation options that allow for tailor-built workflows, simple application development and adaption, custom configurations for settings and screen real-estate options to suit individual workflows and project demands.

The Autocad WS mobile application will enable Autocad users to edit and share Autocad files on Ipad, Iphone and Ipod Touch so they can have real-time collaboration even while on the go.

Autocad for Mac will also be offered free to students and educators through the Autodesk Education Community, where more than 25 Autodesk software products are available for download.

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