AutoCAD for Mac and Mac OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion)

Beta1 of SP1 for AutoCAD 2013 for Mac ready for testing. It resolves compatibility issues that have been reported while using the software on the latest versions of Mac OS X Lion (10.7.4) and Mac OS X Mountain Lion (10.8). It also resolves problems reported by the Customer Error Reporting (CER) utility and other general problems identified after AutoCAD 2013 for Mac was made available. The project can be accessed in the AutoCAD Futures project at (for for registered members) or you can join Autodesk Feedback community here: Look for AutoCAD 2013 for Mac SP1 Beta Opportunity link.

Beta1 of SP3 for AutoCAD 2012 for Mac ready for testing. It resolves the problems with running AutoCAD 2012 for Mac on OSX 10.8, plus it includes fixes for general problems identified after AutoCAD 2012 for Mac SP2 was made available. The project can be accessed in the AutoCAD Futures project at

Everyone knows that a new release of the operating system for Mac – Mac OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion) – expected in the near future.
And, of course, everyone wants to know: Will AutoCAD for Mac run on a Mac computer under this new operating system?

Autodesk has posted information about this in the Knowledge Base on the AutoCAD for Mac support site:

AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT support on Mac OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion)

The article says, that AutoCAD 2013 for Mac, AutoCAD 2012 for Mac, AutoCAD LT 2013 for Mac and AutoCAD LT 2012 for Mac are currently NOT supported on the Mac OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion) operating system. Until such time as a service pack is available, Autodesk 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.

The work on a Service Pack that will add the support for OS X 10.8 to AutoCAD 2013 and 2012 for Mac is in progress, and a beta program will be announced in the near future on the Autodesk Feedback Community site.

If you want to participate in the Beta testing of these Service Packs – don’t waste the time – join Autodesk Feedback Community, add AutoCAD for Mac as a point of your interest and wait for invitation to the Beta program.

But what about AutoCAD 2011 for Mac? Looks like the support for it on Mountain Lion will be dropped at all.


16 Responses to “AutoCAD for Mac and Mac OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion)”

  1. Rick Farkas Says:

    If I read your post correctly, do you mean that Autodesk hasn’t even reached a beta version of the service pack, at this point in time, for Mountain Lion? Do you have any ideas of time frames for the service pack?

    • maximka2010 Says:

      Don’t know about time frames, but I think Beta of SP will be released soon and, of course, after Mountain Lion release date.

  2. this is upsetting …

    (and a voice inside my head is telling me that maybe Autodesk is not seeing a strong interest to continue in the development of their products on this platform … nor even porting something like Revit to OS X)


  3. I am trying to figure out whether or not Mastering AutoCAD2013 for Mac is worth using if I have AuctoCad LT2013…would anyone be able to tell me?

    • maximka2010 Says:

      Hi Jan,
      If you mean a book “Mastering AutoCAD2013 for Mac”, so AFAIK there is no such book. There is “Mastering AutoCAD for Mac” book (2010), and it is about AutoCAD 2011 for Mac. You can use this book to learn the interface of AutoCAD for Mac (including LT version) and basic workflow in Mac version of AutoCAD, but keep in mind that 2013 version has some new features, not covered in this book, plus there is no 3D features and no support for AutoLISP in LT version of AutoCAD.

      • Thank you for your response. So I just got a new imac and I decided to switch my autocad lt (2002) to a new updated Mac version. I had no idea it would be such an issue. Maybe I should return the software and start over and just purchase 2013 LT for a pc and keep my old computer. I am an Interior Designer and I work part time from home. I don’t use it for major drawings…just floor plans and furniture layouts. Nevertheless I need to have it. The autocad 2013 Mac version is REALLY different and I’ve checked with Autodesk…there are no workshops or classes to take. I’m sort of in a bad place here. I really need to learn this program from the beginning…so you think I could use the “autcad for mac” and just try to apply it to the 2013 version? OR do you think I should just get the autocad lt 2013 for windows and call it a day. It’s a matter if Amazon will take my software back. It was $899!

      • maximka2010 Says:

        I think you can use “Mastering AutoCAD for Mac” book as an introduction to AutoCAD for Mac, then you can learn new features in 2013 version from another sources.
        If you already bought AutoCAD LT 2013 for Mac from Amazon (not from Mac App Store), you are entitled to cross-licensing options that allow you to activate either Windows or Mac OS X versions of your software. For more information look here:

  4. Help!
    I’ve been trying to change the layout background in my autocad lt for mac using the terminal commands you posted, but I am not seeing any changes!

    Thank you! Just subscribed to your blog- am a recent Mac convert and the adjustment from pc cad to mac cad has been tougher than I imagined

    • maximka2010 Says:

      Which version of AutoCAD LT do you use?
      2012 or 2013, if 2013 – is it from AppStore or from Autodesk (reseller)?
      Could you post string, that you see after you paste string to the Terminal and press Enter?


      • Hi,
        I am using Autocad LT 2013 which was downloaded from the Appstore.

        I don’t get anything after I paste- I also don’t have to hit enter, when I paste the string into Terminal, it resets it back, see below:

        Elises-MacBook-Pro:~ echasse$ defaults write “com.autodesk.AutoCAD LT.R19.0.ACADLT-B033.409” “HKEY_CURRENT_USER.SOFTWARE.AUTODESK.AUTOCAD LT.R19·0.PROFILES.<>.DRAWING WINDOW.SHOWPAPERBACKGROUND” -int 0
        Elises-MacBook-Pro:~ echasse$

        Appreciate the help!

      • maximka2010 Says:

        My Terminal command was tested in Autodesk version of AC LT (not AppStore). Actually I’m not sure about the name of the AC LT preferences file for AppStore version of LT. For Autodesk’s version it is “com.autodesk.AutoCAD LT.R19.0.ACADLT-B033.409.plist”
        You can try to search ~/Library/Preferences folder for this file, or maybe preferences file has another name. Try to search all files in ~/Library/Preferences folder, that begins with “com.autodesk.AutoCAD”


      • No luck. Can’t find com.autodesk.AutoCAD anywhere… Thanks for trying!
        Managed to change my crosshairs to black so I can see it in paper space.


  5. Many small companies ($10-$20 per app) were ready to work with ML even before its release. They were working on their updates/upgrades ahead of time.
    And we have to be patient with this gargantuan company Autodesk, which not even mention a due date to solve (their) problem. All the benefit of the doubt goes to them.

    New set of Macs is coming soon: “A few things we can count on in the new iMacs are new Ivy Bridge processors, improved graphics chips, USB 3.0, and expanded SSD capacities. Also look for a new slimmer design with Apple finally removing the optical drive from the side.”
    What are they going to say?
    “Do not upgrade your hardware until we have ready to go our software.
    It (maybe) will be ready by the time your new hardware is Vintage”

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