Apple is different. Also the release dates for the Mac version of AutoCAD have always been different from the usual spring release dates for new Autodesk product families. The FCS dates for Mac are driven by new releases of the Apple Mac OS. So this year's "AutoCAD for Mac 2015" and "AutoCAD LT for Mac 2015" had to wait until today while other Autodesk "2015" family products are already available for a long time.
AutoCAD for Mac 2015 (codename "Lightsaber") is compatible with Mac computers with the latest Mac OS X 10.10.0 Yosemite. Same as previous versions for Mac, it is fully compatible with DWG files from the better known Windows version of AutoCAD. Function set of the Mac version was substantially enhanced. Older Mac versions were missing some functions compared to Windows. AutoCAD for Mac now contains extended tools for 2D and 3D design, including dynamic block editor, quick selection of drawing objects by their properties, layer states and data links to Excel.
Besides other new features of the version 2015, AutoCAD for Mac 2015 allows to:
- create intelligent and flexible dynamic blocks and libraries
- embed live links to Excel spreadsheets in drawings
- create and manage layer states (Layer State Manager)
- locate and select drawing objects by properties with Quick Select
- preview commands and automatically fix typos or synonyms
- benefit from increased performance of the application
Videos - DataLink and Quick Select:
Price of the version 2015 remains unchanged, English and French localizations are available. AutoCAD LT for Mac can be obtained also as Desktop Subscription (time-limited rental).