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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Here's the 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? ( ) 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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