If MACs are really that expensive (and I am not sure they are), maybe Android can come to the rescue???
We all had to forgive Microsoft for Vista but now they did it again!!! This time they did worse - they matched their Windows Mobile failure. MS got nervous at the superior OS offered by Apple, then tried to match it but, instead of rewriting their inferior OS, they added a tile-based desktop to the old menu-based desktop and then moved some functionalities from the one to the other - EXACTLY what they did with Windows Mobile just before it disappeared from the mobile phone arena.
Now, what about Autodesk?
C3D sure was an ambitious project and what a commendable piece of software!! Problem is with the keeping up. Autodesk's reluctance to fix their products swiftly and efficiently, slow response to much needed additional functionalities and their unwillingness to remain relevant to the larger graphical design community (where MAC OS holds a significant share) is disturbing. They should be there with MAC OS and they should be there with whoever replaces Microsoft. That’s only if they are serious about their survival in a rapidly globalising market with competition on the way.
Autodesk's reluctance to fix their products swiftly and efficiently, slow response to much needed additional functionalities
I don't know if it's a "reluctance" but rather a decision to dedicate resources to other tasks. Like coming up with the next change to the GUI.
But this is exactly why you see so much reluctance in those responding to you posts. We don't want to see Autodesk divert resources to rewriting Civil 3D for the MAX OS. We want those resources focused on the repair and improvement of the software it's self.
We don't want to see Autodesk divert resources to rewriting Civil 3D for the MAX OS. We want those resources focused on the repair and improvement of the software it's self.
Exactly. IMO, if the MAC crowd get noisy enough to warrant development on this platform, then fine do it. But please hire a new team of programmers and pass on those development costs (time and money) to the MAC users.
Another thing to think about, how long will Civil 3D be around? Is it nearing the end of it's life cycle? Is there something coming down the pipe from Autodesk to replace Civil 3D? Or will it continue on for another decade or more? I honestly don't know. If Autodesk is actively working on a replacement for C3D, there is no chance it will go to the Mac. Even if they aren't working on a replacement for Civil 3D, the effort to port it over to a Mac would be extreme to say the least. Civil design software on the Mac will probably have to wait until the next family of software that will replace C3D.
Of course, I'm probably wrong about all of this and we'll find out tomorrow that they are releasing a Mac version and C3D will be around for the next 1/4 century.
Another thing to think about, how long will Civil 3D be around?
Good point. Will we all be on the cloud at that point in time? Then it won't matter what local O/S you are running. ;-)