MacBook Pro (15-inch, 2016) and later and MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2016, Four Thunderbolt 3 Ports) and later feature the Touch Bar, which changes automatically based on the application that you're using to show you relevant, familiar tools and controls. On some models, the Esc button appears on the left side of the Touch Bar, in the same place the physical Esc key appears on traditional keyboards.
Sometimes tools in the Touch Bar temporarily cover the Esc button:
After you tap or the Done button, Esc reappears.
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You can choose a physical key to act as Esc, temporarily or permanently:
For example, if you choose Escape to the right of the Control (^) Key label, pressing Control has the same results as pressing Esc: it closes menus that are open, and pressing Control-Option-Command makes the Force Quit Applications window appear.
You can return your keyboard to its original behavior by clicking Restore Defaults.
You might not be able to use the Esc button in the Touch Bar if the app you're using becomes unresponsive.
If you need to use Esc to force an app to close, you can switch to another app and try Option-Command-Escape. You can also choose Apple menu > Force Quit.
If that doesn't work, or if your Touch Bar doesn't respond in any app, restart your Mac. Choose Apple menu > Restart or, if your Mac isn't responding, press and hold Touch ID (power button) until your Mac turns off.
When you use Boot Camp to run Windows 10 on your Mac, Esc is in the same place on the Touch Bar as it is when you're using macOS.
You can also access Esc through the Windows on-screen keyboard. From the Windows menu, select the Windows Ease of Access menu item. Then select On-Screen Keyboard.
The 15' MacBook Pro is the one you want. The graphics cards on the 13' MBP and MacBook Air will struggle with AutoCAD.
I'm currently using the 15' MBP with Windows 7 (BootCamp) and running AutoCAD 2012. This is a far better option than running AutoCAD for Mac as I, like you, have a requirement for 3rd party plug-ins.
In addition to the plug-in requirements I also have the need for AutoCAD software that actually works! The AutoCAD for Mac is a half baked idea and really needs a lot of development. I tried to use it for a while but switch to the BootCamp solution as soon as I discovered that AutoCAD for Mac has no function to export to DWF.
But back to the point. 15' MacBook Pro minimum for smooth effortless performance.
I had a brief similar discussion a few months back that you may find interesting.
Let me know how you get on
Aug 3, 2011 4:39 PM