DXF File Editor For Mac?

Discussion in 'Software' started by CatBuilder, May 5, 2011.

  1. ludesign
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    ludesign Senior Member

    I disagree. The best way is of course to use generic Mac programs. I do all my CAD work on Mac using generic Mac programs, and have done so for almost 25 years now.
     
  2. Brian@BNE
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    Brian@BNE Senior Member

    Claes
    I agree that if using a MAC then its best to use MAC programs - that's why I referred to 'castrated' above.

    But if you already have legacy Windows programs, or stuff that only exists for that platform, then BootCamp etc is a great solution.
     

  3. ludesign
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    ludesign Senior Member

    Yes, but you don't need an AutoCAD product to read and write DXF and DWG. Most major players outside the AutoCAD world use the OpenDWG library, which generally comes very close to generic AutoCAD file communication, and usually works very well.

    There are of course fewer CAD programs available for the Mac compared to Windows, but there are still plenty to choose from. For less than Autosketch money, you can for example try some of the TurboCAD versions, RealCADD, Vellum, etc. These programs all communicate with DXF/DWG and are usually a lot more user friendly than the AutoCAD products.

    Higher up in price, you will find some Vellum products, and of course the market leader on the Mac, Vectorworks, which offers full 2D/3D CAD and solid modeling based on Siemens Parasolids, for less than AutoCAD LT money.
     
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