Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 31st Aug 2010 22:26 UTC
Apple "When it comes to Apple products, the iPad and the iPhone get all the headlines. But in recent years, the company's Macintosh line of computers has enjoyed a remarkable revival that has been vital to Apple's emergence as the most valued technology company on Wall Street. In the latest sign of that comeback, Autodesk plans to announce on Tuesday that it is bringing its flagship AutoCAD design and engineering software to the Mac for the first time in nearly two decades."
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RE[2]: Where is version for Linux?
by hussam on Wed 1st Sep 2010 12:03 UTC in reply to "RE: Where is version for Linux?"
hussam
Member since:
2006-08-17

I don't know if this is a general trend, but I gather that there are a lot of people out there that use AutoCAD because they just "have to" and not because of its strengths, much less because it's "high performance, scalable, network transparent".

Here's the thing..no architect cares about performance, network transparency, etc..
All they need is a tool that they can use to draw their plans. How everything operates on the inside doesn't concern then and isn't really their business.

I'm a civil engineer (structural) and I work with a lot of architects. Rarely will you ever find an architect who is also a computer geek who cares about the level of technology used in his products or if it has collaboration tools or not.

The reason why autocad is so expensive is that it is meant for professionals and people who use it make a lot of money out of it. My company has done projects worth 50 million dollars before (with over 10 million in pure profit).

PS. Maya is a 3d modeling too, not a tool for drawing layouts of buildings, etc..
Varicad is too cheap for a big company to use it. I haven't tried it myself. It could be equal to AutoCAD but still too cheap for a big company to trust in it's quality.

Edited 2010-09-01 12:12 UTC

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lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

The reason why autocad is so expensive is that it is meant for professionals and people who use it make a lot of money out of it. My company has done projects worth 50 million dollars before (with over 10 million in pure profit).


The reason why autocad is so expensive is that autodesk believed they had an effective lock-in (via engineering firms having a huge library of existing DWG-format drawings), and that the "market" would therefore pay whatever price autodesk asked.

Autodesk no longer has that DWG-format lock-in. Some engineering firms are too risk-averse to try to replace autocad, but many are not. It may come to pass that the market may no longer be willing to pay autodesk ransomware prices.

Edited 2010-09-01 12:12 UTC

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tylerdurden Member since:
2009-03-17

The actual cost of AutoCAD is really not that much of a deal considering other business expenses associated with the type of business which use that product, and the return of investment is rather obvious.

There are actually competing CAD packages which are even more expensive than AutoCAD, if anything AutoCAD was viewed as the cheaper alternative during most of the 80s and early 90s.

Oh, and there is also another thing that most companies need when purchasing these type of packages: support.

You'll find out that the reality of how business operates may be in stark contrast from the perspective of an individual who is not in the position of purchasing such products.

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Panajev Member since:
2008-01-09

What do you think about their purchase of Robobat and Robot (given your field of work)?

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kaiwai Member since:
2005-07-06

Here's the thing..no architect cares about performance, network transparency, etc..
All they need is a tool that they can use to draw their plans. How everything operates on the inside doesn't concern then and isn't really their business.

I'm a civil engineer (structural) and I work with a lot of architects. Rarely will you ever find an architect who is also a computer geek who cares about the level of technology used in his products or if it has collaboration tools or not.

The reason why autocad is so expensive is that it is meant for professionals and people who use it make a lot of money out of it. My company has done projects worth 50 million dollars before (with over 10 million in pure profit).

PS. Maya is a 3d modeling too, not a tool for drawing layouts of buildings, etc..
Varicad is too cheap for a big company to use it. I haven't tried it myself. It could be equal to AutoCAD but still too cheap for a big company to trust in it's quality.


How about ArchiCAD? ( http://www.graphisoft.com/ ) I've seen it being used in the past by students - is it used much in industry besides the few examples that the organisation provide on their website? it seems like a fairly good package from my limited usage of it.

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