You’ve likely been gnawing the multi-touch off your Magic Mouse in anticipation of it, but no longer. Autodesk Inventor Fusion is now available for the Mac. You can download it from Autodesk Labs immediately and you don’t even need Autodesk Inventor installed to run it. If you’ve used Autodesk Inventor Fusion on Windows, you’ll notice some differences. And, if you’ve used the Autodesk 123D App, you’ll notice some similarities.

Autodesk Inventor Fusion for Mac

Now, I’m not a Mac fiend by any means, so I won’t be installing this right away. Loren Welch has the best Inventor Fusion write-up I’ve seen with plenty of screen shots and a video to satiate your curiosity.

Solids, Surfaces, Visualization, Parts and Assemblies…and, do you see the 360 integration? In case you missed it ‘Insert from Autodesk 360′ was on the Assemble menu. This is good stuff here folks…good stuff indeed. And here is some more Autodesk 360 you will see in IFM.

IFM is Inventor Fusion for Mac. Yes, unlike the Windows version of Inventor Fusion 2013, IFM hooks you into the new Autodesk 360 backbone. Very nice. However, you don’t have as many file import options. In fact, you’re pretty much at the bare minimum of import options with Inventor, AutoCAD, SAT and STEP. As you look at Inventor Fusion for Mac, you’ll notice it actually looks more like the 123D App interface than the Inventor Fusion (Windows) interface. Now, that’s not a bad thing, as the 123D interface is slick, easy to navigate and has tons of nice features for a free app. It does lacks the features you find in the original Inventor Fusion for Windows (and tends to lag on larger files), but even still, 123D is a delight to use.

Here’s an image of IFM, ganked from Loren’s post:

Also ganked, a video of IFM:

It’s great. When Autodesk users ask to have software available on the Mac, they’re listened to. But if you’re a PTC Pro/E user, Siemens Solid Edge user or a Dassault SolidWorks or CATIA user… forget about it, right? Oh wait, even Autodesk hasn’t put that same fervor for pleasing it’s users into the Inventor or Revit products… yet.

You can give Inventor Fusion on the Mac a try via Autodesk Labs and I suggest you do whether you’re on a PC or a Mac. You can keep up to speed with what’s happening with Inventor Fusion as well on the Facebook Inventor Fusion page.

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  • http://twitter.com/ScottMoyse Scott Moyse

    “It’s great. When Autodesk users ask to have software available on the Mac, they’re listened to ”

    To an extent, AutoCAD for Mac, Fusion for Mac, but no way of doing proper Design Review using Mac…. Autodesk 360 doesn’t count….Yet! Nice work though.

  • http://twitter.com/ScottMoyse Scott Moyse

    Oh btw Josh, this link doesn’t work  “Autodesk users ask to have software available on the Mac”

  • http://twitter.com/tonyisme Tony TM

    So what really separates Inventor Fusion and 123D as products? Future plans or current features?

  • Josh M

    Fixed. thanks.

  • Josh M

    yep, maybe I didn’t add enough sarcasm :) I do think the cad companies listen, it’s just selective :) like that one quote often attributed to Henry Ford,


    If I had asked my customers what they wanted they would have said a faster horse.” I think that’s the attitude, and substantiated to an extent.  

  • Alex F

    Does anybody else find 123D and now Fusion a bit … Choppy? I mean, I like the solids+surfacing, I like edge editing, all that is a great mishmash of function, but just doing anything past some simple block creations get’s feeling shaky. I’m on a workstation that is supposed to be a workhorse too, liquid cooling with a big radiator in the back etc. Is it just me?

  • Josh M

    Nope, there’s definitely a lag after more than a few features.