Home > Workstations > The CAD World Thanks You, Steve Jobs

The CAD World Thanks You, Steve Jobs

Thank You Steve JobsCADspeed editors would like to pay tribute to Apple cofounder and former CEO Steve Jobs, who passed away on Wednesday. Although PC users outnumber Mac users in our field, often it was technology conceived by Jobs and developed by Apple that influenced and even transformed the CAD world over the years.

Under Jobs, Apple released the first Macintosh 128 in 1984, according to Wikipedia. Just a year later, Diehl Graphsoft was founded and released MiniCAD, which became the best-selling CAD software on the Mac. Alongside MiniCAD, Diehl Graphsoft also released Blueprint, a 2D CAD program for the Mac targeted at architects. Now MiniCAD is known as Vectorworks and Diehl Graphsoft is Nemetschek Vectorworks, still major players in the CAD world.

In those early years, Apple made forays into several technical, architectural, and engineering markets. Over the years, the company lost ground to PCs in some industries, but Apple stood strong among its dedicated users in 2D design and video markets. Some major CAD software developers, including ArchiCAD and Vectorworks, have supported Mac users for decades.

Jobs stood fast in his belief that hardware and software created by the same company was the way to develop the best products. Apple’s rise in the past decade, with the introductions of the iMac, iPod, iPhone, and iPad, is a testament to his vision.  “If the hardware is the brain and the sinew of our products, the software is their soul,” was one of the last things he said publicly, at an Apple event on June 6.

Today, Jobs’ legacy lives on in the recent re-release of AutoCAD for Mac and the growing number of CAD-related apps built on Apple’s iOS platform. Because of Jobs, somewhere right now a CAD designer is sitting on a bench in a park, eating lunch and using an iPad to view and mark up a CAD drawing. One man’s vision changed our world. From all of us, thank you, Steve Jobs.

  1. October 11, 2011 at 6:41 pm

    I agree with you, Jobs ideas where the keystone for many technologies we use today.

  2. Michael
    November 21, 2011 at 3:25 pm

    I am all for giving credit when credit is due and while Steve Jobs was brilliant, he really doesn’t deserve credit in the CAD world. Intergraph was the pioneer in this world. They created CAD on a main frame VAX in the early 70’s containing many of the features that are still the bed rock of CAD technology. Things like levels, reference files, line styles and weights where all in IGDS. Intergraph created many of the patents for the video graphics which are still used today. Also, Intergraph created the first BIM called Project Architect. It was a 3D intelligent model with parts and families back in the early 90’s. Not to say that Jobs did not do amazing things, he made a huge impact in the entertainment, computer and software world but CAD is not one of them.

  3. February 18, 2013 at 12:47 am

    The article doesn’t says Jobs invented CAD, just says without him investing in Archicad, the world of CAD would be diferent now. 🙂

  1. October 11, 2011 at 1:52 pm

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: