If Autodesk PR thought that it could somehow reduce the punch of the SolidWorks 2011 launch by announcing the big news of AutoCAD for Mac the day earlier, then SolidWorks PR thought of something better. A day before the release of SolidWorks 2011, a bunch of SolidWorks bloggers were shown DraftSight for Mac, an AutoCAD clone running natively on the Mac.
According to this post by Ricky Jordan, DraftSight is expected to be made available as a free download within a couple of weeks. Whereas there is still a long way to go for AutoCAD for Mac to see the light of day. DraftSight for Mac is basically a stripped down version of ARES for Mac from Graebert. ARES for Mac is already out in the market and retails at €995. But as an introductory offer, you can get it at half price. And the best part, while AutoCAD for Mac will be priced at $4000, DraftSight for Mac will be ABSOLUTELY FREE!
So as I see things happening, on Windows, $0 DraftSight will need to try its best to dislodge the $4000 AutoCAD. Whereas on the Mac, the $4000 AutoCAD will need to do much more than its best to try and dislodge the $0 DraftSight.