AutoCAD for Mac General Discussion

AutoCAD for Mac General Discussion

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What you don't get in ACAD for Mac

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10-19-2010 01:37 PM

It looks like there is some confusion when it comes to just what doesn't come in ACAD for Mac 2011 (AKA ACAD 2002).  Here is a link to the TS doc right from Autodesk:


Here is the text from that page:


2011: What AutoCAD features are not available in AutoCAD for Mac


Published date: 2010-Oct-14 
ID: TS15833488

Applies to:
AutoCAD® for Mac® 2011


You are familiar with AutoCAD 2011 (for Windows) and you want to know what features are not available in the first release of AutoCAD 2011 for Mac.


Although AutoCAD 2011 for Mac is based on AutoCAD 2011, it was written to be a native Mac application.  As such, it is a new and separate product and not simply a port from the Windows version.  In the first release of this new product, there are some features and functionality that exist in AutoCAD 2011 that are not yet available in AutoCAD 2011 for Mac, including (but not limited to):

  • 3DWalk, 3DFly, and animation support
  • Action Recorder and playback of Action Macros
  • Autopublish
  • Batch Standards Checker and the ability to use cad standards [STANDARDS, CHECKSTANDARDS]
  • CAD Manager Tools
  • ‘Classic’ dialogs for image, xref, and layers
  • Custom dictionaries
  • Data Extraction Wizard [EATTEXT] (Attribute extraction can still be done using –ATTEXT)
  • dBConnect and Datalink support
  • DesignCenter
  • DGN support
  • Digitally signing drawings or notification when opening digital signed drawings
  • Digitizer support
  • Drawing Recovery Manager
  • DWF support
  • Dynamic block authoring
  • Editable drawing properties [DWGPROPS]
  • eTransmit and Archive
  • Express Tools
  • Extended tooltips
  • FBX import/export
  • Filter and Quick Select
  • Geographic location support
  • Hyperlink
  • In-place editing of blocks or xrefs [REFEDIT]
  • Layer filters
  • Layer notification
  • Layer State Manager (fundamental layer state operations can still be performed using the stAte option in the -LAYER command or using the (layerstate-xxx) AutoLISP functions)
  • Layer Translator
  • Layer Walk
  • Layout wizard
  • Markup Set Manager
  • Navigation bar and SteeringWheels
  • OLE objects
  • Password protecting a drawing or opening password protected drawings
  • PDF underlay
  • Plot style configuration
  • Plotting to file
  • Point Clouds
  • Purge dialog (all purge options are still available from the command line)
  • Quick Properties palette
  • Reference Manager (the external reference repathing utility)
  • Share with Autodesk Seek
  • Sheet Set Manager
  • ShowMotion
  • Slide creation or viewing
  • Table style setup
  • Tool palettes
  • User Profiles
  • VBA (Visual Basic for Applications)
  • Visual LISP editor
  • WMF import/export
  • Xref notification

Other Functionality

  • Most AutoLISP will work unless it includes Windows calls (using .NET) or uses DCL dialogs
  • Most ARX applications will work unless it includes MFC or .NET calls
  • No import or export of CUI customization
  • There is only one workspace
  • Visual styles must be created at the command line
  • Sun Properties palette and Visual Styles managers are merged with the Properties Inspector
  • Camera objects cannot be created
  • Materials cannot be edited or created and you can not adjust the way a material maps on an object [MATERIALMAP]
  • Tessellation for new 3D mesh objects must be set via the command line(MESHOPTIONS and MESHPRIMITIVEOPTIONS are not available)
  • Rendering options are limited (no Advanced Render Settings palette or Rendercrop)
  • Limited editing and style support for Multilines
  • PC3 plot files may work but will depend on whether or not it uses proprietary drivers
  • Page sizes are referenced differently between AutoCAD 2011 and AutoCAD for Mac 2011
  • CUI editor may include commands that are not actually available
  • Command auto-completion may offer commands that are not actually available
  • System variables for missing features may still exist and be editable but will have no affect if the accompanying feature is not included.  They have been kept to help preserve scripting compatibility.
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Re: What you don't get in ACAD for Mac

10-19-2010 02:28 PM in reply to: jaich

Hi, I am just getting to grips with autocad mac 2011. I just wanted to know if the list of things that autocad mac 2011 doesn't have covers not being able to edit ctb or stb files. Seeing as I am unable to edit them as i would normally in autocad 2011 for windows adding line weights to match different colours. Have i missed something?




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Registered: ‎10-28-2010
Message 3 of 30 (12,928 Views)

Re: What you don't get in ACAD for Mac

10-28-2010 02:11 PM in reply to: jaich

Sam, I agree -- I've been using AutoCAD for mac and the only big glitch I can find is editing plot styles.  I click the format dragdown menu, then click on "plot style..."  I then get this dialog box:


plot style mode.  Change the color to change the plot style, or use the plot
style editor to change the properties of color dependent plot styles in the
plot style table attached to your drawing.


...But I can't for the life of me figure out where to go from there.  I'm primarily trying to assign weights to standard colors but print them in black and white, but I'm stumped.  If you figure anything out please let me know!

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Message 4 of 30 (12,646 Views)

Re: What you don't get in ACAD for Mac

11-05-2010 05:03 AM in reply to: jaich

good to know, thanks for the list!


so i guess/ hope that those features will be implemented by and by???

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Message 5 of 30 (12,227 Views)

Re: What you don't get in ACAD for Mac

11-15-2010 06:34 AM in reply to: jaich

Hi, i wait for the german-version,

and i hope that some of these missing features are in

or implemented step by step.

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Message 6 of 30 (12,025 Views)

Re: What you don't get in ACAD for Mac

11-19-2010 09:49 AM in reply to: jaich

Thanks for the long list.

I have been using AutoCAD full time for well over 15 years and downloaded the Trial Mac Version excited at the possibility of not having to lug a Window Laptop around as well as my MacBook.


The only word for it is disappointed.


This Mac version is simply 'LT' but at the full price and unless this long list of serious shortcomings is going to be addressed at no extra cost, I for one will not be investing. I will however, keep watching, waiting, and hoping that one day is will.


No dynamic block authoring? No tool palettes? User profiles? Plot style configuration? Not even Design Centre?


All these thing and many more on the list have been around since 2009 and before. Needless to say, I have since dumped the Trial Mac version. 

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Message 7 of 30 (12,022 Views)

Re: What you don't get in ACAD for Mac

11-19-2010 10:13 AM in reply to: nickers831

Well, I agree with your disappointment with the Mac version. However, I would recommend running the Autocad 2011 PC version on Bootcamp, Parallels or Fusion on your Macbook instead of hauling around a PC laptop. Autocad runs very well on the Mac platform using any of those solutions.

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Message 8 of 30 (11,986 Views)

Re: What you don't get in ACAD for Mac

11-19-2010 04:38 PM in reply to: jaich

I have been trying to determine why I cannot expand the properties inspector.  For some reason I can still display the single line but it will not expand to show the specific properties.  I must have changed some setting by accident but for the life of me I do not what I changed.

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Message 9 of 30 (11,863 Views)

Re: What you don't get in ACAD for Mac

11-22-2010 03:13 PM in reply to: nickers831

Even though AutoCAD has a long history under Windows its important to remember the Mac version isn't simply a "ported" application - its a whole new program, so its better to think of it as first-release software.  V1.0 rarely has all the tricks, toys, or features that are used in a production environment.

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Registered: ‎11-28-2010
Message 10 of 30 (11,665 Views)

Re: What you don't get in ACAD for Mac

11-28-2010 02:22 PM in reply to: dgorsman

I understand the Mac product being it's a whole new package, except not all of the menu information is updated...



Before realizing Materials editor was not supported, I went through customizing the tool palettes and found "Materials Editor" as an option. I added it to the tool palette and was confused when it didn't load. Half and hour of work time wasted later I found this forum...


disappointing indeed. 

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