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2013

Why the New Mac Pro will Rock for ArchiCAD But Not for Revit - Revit doesn't utilize multi-cores, super powerful workstation graphics cards, while ArchiCAD 17 has multi-core, oriented background processing performance algorithms to make better use of Mac Pro, Anthony Frausto-Robledo, Architosh, Oct 24, 2013

The Evolution of CAD on the Macintosh - early versions were based on Apple's MacDraw vector drawing app, first architecture program was Radar CH, Sauro Agostini, Architosh, Jan 28, 2013

2011

Interview: AMD Mac Graphics Division Talks Apple and Graphics Progress - state of hardware graphics in Apple products, pro apps, OpenGL performance, CPU-bound performance, driver tuning, Anthony Frausto-Robledo, Architosh, Oct 25, 2011

FileMaker Go and iPad Scores Big for AEC Industry - uses of FileMaker Go 1.2 on iPads in field-based industries, Anthony Frausto-Robledo, Architosh, May 26, 2011

Mac OS Lion to Feature Technologies Useful to Architects - versions feature records current document, saves, stores multiple versions of documents, Anthony Frausto-Robledo, architosh, May 6, 2011

Why Didn't the Mac Make It as the Standard Engineering PC - Apple followed focus-group route, neglecting engineering, Joel Orr, Machine Design, Mar 15, 2011

iPad 2: Impact on Enterprise, Engineering & CAD - iPad's increasing popularity among larger enterprises making vendors like Autodesk, SolidWorks adopt it, Anthony Frausto-Robledo, Architosh, Mar 13, 2011

Building Engineering Office Around Mac? - while Mac easier to use and more apps becoming available, it will some time PLM can be managed on Mac platform, Oleg Shilovitsky, PLM Think Tank, Feb 15, 2011

SolidWorks:Heard!, Episode 318, Tablet Engineering Tools - engineering, design tools available for iPad include AutoCAD WS (free), iRhino 3D (viewer, $3.99), 3dvia Mobile HD, Inventor Publisher Mobile, vueCAD ($9.99 + translation), Lou Gallo, SolidWorks:HEARD, Feb 13, 2011

3D/PLM, iPad, Future or Baloney? -  'gold rush' to iPad has resulted in AutoCAD WS, 3DVIA Mobile, Inventor Publisher mobile viewer, n!Fuse, CADFaster, more, Oleg Shilovitsky, PLM Think Tank, Jan 29, 2011

Mac 3D Graphics Performance Comparison - engine model rotation for Rhino, NX, AutoCAD for Mac, Deelip Menezes, Jan 1, 2011

2010

Blogosphere Embraces Caedium on the Mac - affordable CFD learning tool being appreciated by media, Symscape, Mar 22, 2010

Caedium Brings CAE to Mac - Caedium 2.1 has improved 3D selection, shortcut key conveniences, expandable properties panel, Anthony Frausto-Robledo, architosh, Mar 24, 2010

2009

Apple, Psystar File Motions for Summary Judgment - Apple accuses Psystar of violating copyright, making illegal copies, a parallel to the Autodesk/Vernor case, Thom Holwerda, OSnews, Oct 12, 2009

Interview with Lorenzo Puleo, CEO and Founder of Kinemac - talk about Mac platform, typical user of Kinemac, benefits of using Kinemac, Franco Folini, Novedge, Jun 16, 2009

Converting Windows CAD to OS Independence - Bricsys, Graebert follow almost similar process to develop CAD programs for Linux, Macintosh, Ralph Grabowski, WorldCAD Access, Jun 23, 2009

Getting Some 3D CAD on Your Mac - design software includes Form Z, Shark LT, Rhino for OS X, Vectorworks, AliasStudio, Carl Alviani, Core77, Jan 5, 2009

Build a Mac Pro Equivalent Workstation for 1/3 the Cost - high-end 8-core 2P workstation with 5-drive hot-swap SATA back plane and NVIDIA Quadro NVS290 video card performs better than fastest Mac Pro, George Ou, ZDNet, Jan 3, 2008

2007

Best of Both Worlds: Running Windows on a Mac - how to set up Apple computer to run both Windows and Mac OS simultaneously using Parallels, Scott Onstott, AECbytes, Sep 25, 2007

2005

Blush: Moving Mac CAD To a Slower Platform - it must have been embarrassing for Apple to switch to Intel CPUs after test showed the G5 was faster, WorldCAD Access, June 12, 2005

Mac CAD and 3D News - Spotlight, Tiger, Maxon, BOA User Examples, etc - Spotlight with simulation capabilities, VectorWorks faster with Mac OS, 50 new features in MAXON's latest Cinema 4D R9.1 update, Architosh, April 29, 2005

Helsinki Architects Push BIM Agenda on Macs - a Finnish architect discusses the many aspects of building information modeling, the value of 3D models in practice and why his firm has chosen to practice on the Macintosh platform for over 15 years, Anthony Frausto-Robledo, Architosh, February 18, 2005

Apple's 'Xstation' - Market, Uses, Technology and Details - in the CAD and 3D multimedia fields, the Mac OS X platform has been booming in specific sectors, namely architecture and 3D modeling and rendering, Anthony Frausto-Robledo, Architosh, February 11, 2005

Mac CAD and 3D News Around the Web - Macintosh CAD news, Architosh, February 4, 2005

Two Online Stores Boast Macintosh Focus for CAD and 3D Users - a look at two U.S. Apple resellers who offer CAD support, Architosh, February 1, 2005

Apple Needs to Monitor CATIA Development in Architecture - CATIA does not run on Mac OS X, despite the fact that OS X is the most popular UNIX platform in the world and CATIA V5 does run on many other minority Unix operating systems, Anthony Frausto-Robledo, Architosh, January 21, 2005

Macworld 2005 - a report on what's new and noteworthy in the Macintosh AEC- and CAD-related industry, including a look at the new low-priced Mac Mini and news about form*Z, VectorWorks, SketchUp and Microspot, Lachmi Khemlani, AECbytes Newsletter, January 12, 2005

2004

Mac SIG Within AIA Organized - the lack of AutoCAD and DWG-centric AutoCAD-oriented tools has created a problem for architects and engineers who use Macintosh computers, Randall Newton, A-E-C Automation Newsletter, August 17, 2004

AIA National Convention Recap - a report on some of the Macintosh AEC software developers who exhibited at the recent convention, Architosh, June 22, 2004

Architects Respond Favorably to Apple's New Power Mac G5 Lineup - Apple's new dual processor Power Mac G5 workstations are attracting architects and others who work in 3D modeling and rendering, Architosh, June 10, 2004

Mac CAD: COFES Is Over, What Next? Tidbits and Hearsay - the announcement by UGS PLM Solutions that they are porting Parasolid to the Mac OS X platform is welcome news to Mac CAD users and shouldn't be a great surprise considering Apple's Unix-based OS and 64-bit hardware, Anthony Frausto-Robledo, Architosh, April 7, 2004

CADintosh - An Introduction - tutorial provides an overview of this 2D program for technical and architectural drawings, Lemke Software, March 19, 2004 (pdf)

Macworld 2004 - a report on the AEC products on display, including ArchiCAD, VectorWorks, form*Z, SketchUp, Piranesi, Art*lantis and PhotoCAD, Lachmi Khemlani, AECbytes Newsletter, January 22, 2004

Macworld Expo - CAD/3D/AEC - a report from the recent gathering on what's new and noteworthy in the Macintosh CAD-related industry, Anthony Frausto-Robledo, Architosh, January 15, 2004

2003

Joe Esch: SketchUp, Cocoa and Mac OS X - lead software developer with @Last Software discusses why his company decided to develop SketchUp for the Mac OS, and why he prefer the Mac's interface to the PC's, Anthony Frausto-Robledo, Architosh, 2003

Autodesk Working with Apple: Will it Lead to AutoCAD for Mac OS X? - does the recent announcement that Autodesk will make DWF 6 (Design Web Format) files available for Mac OS X signal the first step toward a Macintosh version of AutoCAD,  MacDailyNews, September 10, 2003

MacCAD: Autodesk Interested in Mac Feedback on CAD Products and More... - discusses a petition from Macintosh users for Autodesk to add Mac OS support for AutoCAD, Anthony Frausto-Robledo, Architosh, May 12, 2003

All Things Considered - The CAD Market Was Really Apple's to Lose...But It Doesn't Have To Be Permanent - Apple pretty much abandoned its CAD users long ago, but there are a few encouraging signs that the company may revive its participation in the CAD market, Anthony Frausto-Robledo, Architosh, May 7, 2003

Veteran CAD CEO Says Apple Is Going to Make Big Push into CAD Market - CEO Robert Bou of Ashlar-Vellum believes Apple is going to make a big effort to become competitive in the CAD market, Architosh, April 25, 2003

A PowerBook in a Windows/AutoCAD Architecture Firm - a senior project architect describes how he managed to introduce his Apple PowerBook G4/800 laptop into a Windows/Dell/AutoCAD-dominated architecture firm, MacDailyNews, April 2, 2003

Macworld 2003 in San Francisco - a report on some of the new CAD and 3D modeling software for the Macintosh platform featured at the recent Macworld, including ArchiCAD, form*Z, VectorWorks and SketchUp, Lachmi Khemlani, CADENCE AEC Tech News #91 (Feb. 13, 2003)

More for OS X: CAD, Anyone? - Apple sees new opportunities in the CAD marketplace with its move to Unix-based OS X, John H. Farr,  Applelinks, January 22, 2003

MWSF: Mac 3D/CAD Highlights - this week's Macworld Expo generated a number of new CAD-related product demos and announcements for the Macintosh OS, including ArchiCAD, Sketchup, MacDraft and form*Z, Architosh, January 10, 2003

2002

What is the Present State of AutoCAD on the Mac? - a discussion of the future between Autodesk and Apple and CAD alternatives for the Macintosh OS, Architosh, November 20, 2002

BOA In-Depth - Part 2 - explores the process of making cuts or slices through the building model which will become the basis of drawings in BOA, Architosh, September 15, 2002

Apple's Education Customers Deeply Unaware of Mac CAD Apps? - Architosh, August 6, 2002

MatLab 6.5 for Mac OS X, More MicroStation for OS X, Architosh, August 7, 2002

New Graphics Cards Coming to Mac Users  - Architosh, July 26, 2002

BOA In-Depth - Part 1 - examines modeling of walls, openings and the insertion of frames into openings in BOA, Architosh, July 16, 2002

Special Report: Architecture & 3D Resources at Apple.com - Architosh, May 30, 2002 

2001

Flansburgh Associates - the largest all-Macintosh architectural firm uses Form-Z for 3D renderings, architosh, Dec 2001

ConceptDraw - technical drawing for the Mac, cheap, does everything, very customizable, Michael Burns, Macworld, Nov 2001

Mac-Based Land Surveying Software - a description of choices available, architosh, Oct 31, 2001

Working with the VectorWorks Program for Theatre LDs - lighting design used to be tough with CAD programs, but no more, Jason Livingston, Lighting Dimensions, Aug 1, 2001

Leading Mac CAD Program Finds Ways to Improve - VectorWorks adds parametrics, NURBS. Charles Seiter, Macworld, Sep 2001. 

Exclusive interview on VectorWorks for Mac OS X - what's in VectorWorks for Mac OS X - and why is it late to arrive?, Anthony Frausto- Robledo, August 8, 2001

MacDraft 5 by Microspot Ltd. - packs a lot of power for the price, but there is still room for improvement, Anthony Frausto-Robledo, Architosh, August 8, 2001. 

MacCAD: BOA to be OS X only in version 3.0 - the next version of BOA's Mac CAD application for architecture and design will only be available in OS X, Architosh, August 3, 2001

Microspot Ltd. Talks Technical CAD on the Mac – Microspot’s managing director Robert Coulling discusses the past, present and future of 3D CAD applications on the Mac, Anthony Frausto-Robledo, Architosh, July 12, 2001

Art•lantis Discovered - impressive rendering product, Martyn Day, CADserver, June 22, 2001 

Apple Not at AEC show, Inexplicable or Not? - even though more than a few CAD products are made for Apple, the company was a no-show (again) at the  biggest CAD exhibit in North America, architosh, June 20, 2001

VersaCAD and 3D - Mac-based drafting, reviewed by Tom Lazear, AECVision, May 2001

StudioDESK: Is Autodesk Looking at the Mac Again? - Autodesk has stated that its architectural design software is to run on multiple platforms, at least within a browser, architosh, May 2001

Mapping the City of Victory - Mac-based CAD used in reconstruction of medieval city of Vijayanagar, India, Apple Computers, May 2001

PowerCADD 2000 - Mac-based CAD by Engineered Software, MacWorld 

VersaCAD 2001 - 2D drafting tool comes back, Charles Seiter, MacWorld, May 2001