If you're a designer, architect, or construction contractor (or know someone who is) then there's a good chance that you've heard of AutoCAD. For those that haven't - AutoCAD is software made for 2D/3D design and drafting - and now it's coming to Android. There has been a version available for iOS under the name AutoCAD WS for some time now, and with the increasing number of requests for an Android version, AutoDesk decided that it was time to oblige.

The mobile versions of the AutoCAD software is not meant for exclusive use, though - it's more of a  "lite" version. You will be able to open CAD files, make basic edits, and send the changes back to the original file.

One of the big things that AutoDesk incorporated into the Android version of AutoCAD was tablet support, which wasn't an easy task according to SVP Amar Hanspal. "We've had to test it across something like 15 different devices and tweak it a little to run on then all" he said, noting that they had hoped to get it out the door sooner, but "the complicated part of developing for Android is not developing itself. It's the testing."

AutoDesk is expected to make the official announcement today and the app should hit the Market (for Android 2.2+ devices only) on April 20th for the low price of free.

Source: All Things D

Cameron Summerson
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  • http://androidized.com Lucian Armasu

    Google needs to standardize the platform more for developers. What are they going to do when there will be 1000 devices out there? Google needs to make sure an app made for Android works out of the box for all those devices without further testing on each device...

    • Dave

      And how do they do that exactly? I just don't think it can work that way with all the range of devices that run android. It's obvious that consumers like the range of processing power, screen size, etc

    • Andreas

      Thats exactly what Google has already done. In order to have access to the android market your device needs to be compatible with a set of API's

      You don't really have to test every single device that is out there, you might want to test a set of different screen sizes, resolutions and versions that you are supporting and thats it.

  • Troculus

    "the complicated part of developing for Android is not developing itself. It’s the testing."

    The developers are going to have to adjust to the fact that android is vastly more used and complex than iOs and use crowd sourcing trough a beta-testing for their applications

  • http://stuarthalliday.com Stuart Halliday

    Oh this'll sell a few Android 10" tablets! Nice.

    Now, if we can only get the same for psd,raw and half a dozen other professional standard files then we'd be laughing...

  • tarman

    ANDCad has been doing this for over a year now and to me, seems like has more features than what they are stating. It's $20 in the market but the Devs update quite a bit and are quick to respond.

    • JW

      AndCAD has been working on tablets with no change in development. It was apparently developed correctly in the first place.

      • JW

        Tried to edit the post - but my timeframe elapsed...

        The only downfall to AndCAD is the lack of DWG support. But it supports a limited, but constantly growing DXF format, which is a good substitute.

        The difference between AutoCAD WS and AndCAD is that AndCAD is a full featured drafting package. Where WS is simply a viewer with a few notation tools. It will be nice as a viewer though.

  • Andrew

    Good to see Autodesk embracing Android. What is really needed is an Inventor viewer. Inventor is the 3D Autodesk knock-off of SolidWorks that unfortunate engineers such as myself are forced to work with.

  • Dan

    I actually prefer inventor to solidworks but thats a different argument, but what I am wanting is an autoCad Electrical viewer which AutoCAD WS cannot do. It opens the files fine but cannot annotate or work with any of the additional layers. I work with ACADE every day and having it in my pocket would be great!

  • lokinder

    I want to install Autocadws on my xperia x10i