This past week Apple released OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion). The news that AutoCAD for Mac 2012 and 2013 are not yet supported came as a disappointment to me. Especially since when Apple had they’re last keynote and introduced the retina Macbook Pro, Autodesk was prominently mentioned. I would have figured they would be ready when Mountain Lion would be released but this is not the case.
I really would like to hear from people who have installed Mountain Lion and are running AutoCAD for Mac 2012 or 2013 to see what (if any) the problems are. (see Update further below)
Below is the full text of Autodesk’s knowledge base article:
AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT support on Mac OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion)
You want to know if AutoCAD for Mac and AutoCAD LT for Mac can be run on the new Mac OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion) operating system.
The following products are currently NOT supported on the Mac OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion) operating system:
- AutoCAD 2013 for Mac
- AutoCAD 2012 for Mac
- AutoCAD LT 2013 for Mac
- AutoCAD LT 2012 for Mac
If any of these products are installed on Mountain Lion, undesirable side effects can occur, including issues with Installer re-start, resetting applications, cursor missing when printing to PDF, and more. Our engineers are working round the clock to support Mountain Lion for these products, however no support is currently available.
Until such time as a service pack is available, we highly recommend NOT installing Mac OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion) on any machines where AutoCAD 2013 for Mac, AutoCAD 2012 for Mac, AutoCAD LT 2013 for Mac, or AutoCAD LT 2012 for Mac is required.
AutoCAD 2013 for Mac Beta Program
A beta program will be announced in the near future for a service pack that will add support for Mountain Lion to AutoCAD 2013 for Mac. This solution will be updated to include more information on that beta program when it becomes available.
AutoCAD 2012 for Mac Beta Program
A beta program will be announced in the near future for a service pack that will add support for Mountain Lion to AutoCAD 2012 for Mac. This solution will be updated to include more information on that beta program when it becomes available.
So I decided to go against Autodesk’s advice and install OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion) anyway. I performed a clean install, and after I put all my files back, and installed most of my applications I finally started installing AutoCAD for Mac 2013 again. It installed just fine, and afterwards the application opened and ran without a hitch. Had no problems printing to PDF (no missing cursor for instance) or any other problems… yet. I have an upcoming project where I will be able to really see if it works like it should. Should I run into any problems I will post them as soon as possible. But for now I am just happy it works and I can work with it!