✱ How to Print Large Format PDF Drawings to Scale on a Mac

With more and more of the world going paperless all the time, Adobe's Portable Document Format (PDF) has taken over much of the architecture and construction industry as the preferred file format for sharing drawings. In fact, many estimators and contractors that I work with don't have the ability to work with anything else. I'd love to just give them my BIM file but that's another rant for another time. For some of us, this could mean having to purchase (or subscribe to) the Adobe Creative Cloud to get Acrobat Pro or buy Bluebeam to be able to create PDF's. Granted, these professional programs allow you to do much more than simply create PDF's, but the cost of entry is fairly high.

There is an alternative. I've recently found a free open source PDF printer that solves a few problems called PDFwriter for Mac. Click through to see the tutorial.

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✱ It's Official - AutoCAD is Coming Back to the Mac

As a follow-up to my blog post back in May, Autodesk has finally announced that it is re-releasing Autocad for the Macintosh platform. It hasn't seen the inner workings of the Mac since 1996, when the last version to run on the Mac was release 12. That was before Apple even made the move to Power PC chips from Motorola and IBM (What? You didn't know Apple used processors from IBM? Yeah, those were the days) and strictly ran on the Motorola 68k-series processors. Now Apple has a new outlook, a new operating system, and an even bigger following than ever.

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Rhino3d on the Mac

In case you didn't know, you can run Rhino3d on the Mac. It's funny because, like Autodesk who is now in the process of developing AutoCAD for the Mac, they once said there was no chance in hell they were ever going to write their app for the Mac platform. Well things have certainly changed because the Mac platform (OS X) has the fastest growing operating system user base out there. 

I've been using the beta of Rhino for the Mac for about a year (but not enough to know it well at all), and it doesn't have all of the features that the PC side does (yet) but they are getting there. The good news is that you can use it for free until it's a fully released and supported product.

You can get it here. Once you fill out the form, you will get a download link.

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Rhino3d running on the Mac

AutoCAD spotted running on 64bit Mac OS X

"Back in April we reported that AutoCAD was probably coming soon to the Mac, considering all the OS X references that were spotted in the SDK," Federico Viticci reports for MacStories.

You can see the screenshots here.

I'm not sure what to think about this. I try (my hardest) not to use AutoCAD if I don't have to. I'd be much happier to hear that Revit was coming to the Mac. But I haven't looked too deep into Autocad 2011, so maybe there's something to it?

I know AutoCAD is necessary, and you can't do some things without it, so I do welcome the news that it's coming to the Mac. What do you think?