There’s been some buzz on the internet in the past week about SolidWorks running on Mac OS. Yes, indeed, a version of SolidWorks was demonstrated on a Mac during the Monday General Session of SolidWorks World 2010. However, this was part of a larger demonstration which showed SolidWorks running a variety of devices. SolidWorks will be moving to a cloud computing business model. As such, their software will be OS and platform independent. The big news was not that SolidWorks will run on a Mac. The big news was that SolidWorks would run on anything (maybe even the grocery list LCD screen on your high-end refrigerator).
However, this is not the end of the story. Though this was not talked about in the General Session, Jeff Ray, CEO of DS SolidWorks Corp., stated they have the ability to run SolidWorks on a Mac in both “light weight” or “heavy weight” mode. When asked if this meant remote (cloud) or local (installed), Ray hinted the distinction was a little more complex than that. The General Session demonstrated the light weight operation of their future SolidWorks. However, they already have the ability to run SolidWorks in a heavy weight mode (presumably with large portions of the application placed on the local computer and run natively on Mac OS, though maybe not “installed” in the traditional sense).
So, does SolidWorks have a Mac version coming? Ray would not say. It is possible? More so than ever before, I think the answer is yes.