I get tons of cards and letters from Mac users who love the fact that our G-Wizard software works on Mac OS X natively. But they want more. Yeah, sure you can run Parallels or do something similar to get Windows on the Mac and access your CNC software that way, but that’s not what they’re looking for. Robert G. is offering the world’s first Mac CAM software for those folks. I’ll let him tell the rest of the story:
Hi- Robert from GRZ Software here again. Bob was kind enough to invite me to make a big announcement. MeshCAM, the CAM software that I develop, is now up and running on the Mac.
As far as I know, this makes MeshCAM the first commercially-available CAM software for Mac/OS X.
Mac CNC software is something that users have been requesting in greater numbers for the past couple of years. Short of a few CAD programs, GWizard is about the only CNC-related software that runs natively on the Mac. (Good work Bob!)
Porting and supporting most CAM software from Windows to Mac would be an unprofitable endeavor. It’s only because MeshCAM was based on a cross-platform user interface library ( wxWidgets ) 10 years ago that porting it to Mac was even a consideration. Without that decision a long time ago, this port would not be possible without a significant rewrite. (Side note from Bob W.–same for G-Wizard software. We chose Adobe AIR because it lets us run on PC, Mac, and eventually iOS + Android mobile devices.)
The first beta was released to about a hundred users two weeks ago. So far, all bugs reported from those users have been fixed and it’s ready for a wider audience.
If you’re interested in learning more, a placeholder page is at MeshCAM for Mac. Signup there to get the latest download link and to be made aware of new releases.
If the current progress continues, you can expect a stable release in the next month. (And GWizard won’t be so lonely on the Mac)
In the mean time, if you buy a copy of MeshCAM from CNCCookbook while the current sale is running, the license code will activate both the Windows and Mac version.
As he says, we do have a sale running. Click through the “buy a copy” link to see what’s up with that. Choose one of those packages and type “15OFF” into the coupon code on the shopping cart and you’ll get another 15% off those already discounted prices. You’ll be able to run Meshcam (the easiest CAM package I ever tried) plus the G-Wizard Calculator and the G-Wizard G-Code Editor / Simulator all natively on your Mac under OS X.
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