After many years of absence from the platform, AutoCAD is returning to MS-DOS. This is great news for our DOS-based user community, who have been struggling along with R13 for the last decade and a half.
Enabled by the application re-architecture performed for AutoCAD for Mac (codenamed “Sledgehammer”), the new AutoCAD for DOS (codenamed “Screwdriver”) will deliver compelling performance with a streamlined user interface experience.
AutoCAD for DOS will automatically import any CUI-based customizations, replacing ribbons and other Windows-centric UI elements with equivalent pull-down, screen and icon menus.
For those of you wanting to hook up a digitizing tablet to complete the “retro” experience, be sure to look out for our “AutoCAD Tablet” app on the Apple AppStore, which will turn your iPad into a wireless graphics tablet for AutoCAD for DOS.
And thanks to this new, flexible core architecture, I have every confidence that it won’t belong before we see AutoCAD for OS/2, AutoCAD for WFW 3.11 and even AutoCAD for CP/M. Watch this space. Probably around the same time next year. Actually quite probably this very day, next year. ;-)