Altium Designer vs. DraftSight

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Altium Designer
Score 9.1 out of 10
N/A
Altium Designer is PCB design software for a variety of industries.
$358
per month per seat
DraftSight
Score 7.5 out of 10
N/A
DraftSight is a feature-rich 2D and 3D CAD solution for architects, engineers and construction service providers, as well as professional CAD users, designers, educators and hobbyists. DraftSight lets users create, edit, view, and markup any kind of 2D and 3D DWG file with greater ease, speed, and efficiency. According to the vendor, its familiar user interface facilitates a quick transition from other CAD applications. DraftSight Offerings: DraftSight Standard :…
$99
per year
Pricing
Altium DesignerDraftSight
Editions & Modules
Monthly
$358
per month per seat
Single Payment
$4,235
one-time fee per seat
DraftSight Standard
$99
per year
DraftSight Professional
$199
per year
DraftSight Premium (3D)
$499
per year
DraftSight Enterprise
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DraftSight Enterprise Plus
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Altium DesignerDraftSight
Free Trial
YesYes
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
More Pricing Information
Community Pulse
Altium DesignerDraftSight
Considered Both Products
Altium Designer

No answer on this topic

DraftSight
Chose DraftSight
I don't like the aggressive policy of Autodesk.
Top Pros

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Top Cons
User Ratings
Altium DesignerDraftSight
Likelihood to Recommend
9.0
(1 ratings)
7.2
(412 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
-
(0 ratings)
8.4
(18 ratings)
Usability
-
(0 ratings)
7.9
(15 ratings)
Availability
-
(0 ratings)
8.7
(5 ratings)
Performance
-
(0 ratings)
8.2
(4 ratings)
Support Rating
-
(0 ratings)
4.6
(11 ratings)
Implementation Rating
-
(0 ratings)
7.8
(13 ratings)
Configurability
-
(0 ratings)
6.8
(4 ratings)
Ease of integration
-
(0 ratings)
8.5
(3 ratings)
Product Scalability
-
(0 ratings)
6.9
(5 ratings)
Vendor post-sale
-
(0 ratings)
5.2
(3 ratings)
Vendor pre-sale
-
(0 ratings)
7.0
(3 ratings)
User Testimonials
Altium DesignerDraftSight
Likelihood to Recommend
Altium
In a professional environment of design and manufacture of electronic equipment, without a doubt, ALTIUM DESIGNER turns out to be the best option! However, the high cost of its license makes us consider the option of using lower-cost alternatives. In the case of small companies or independent developers, free options turn out to be more appropriate, although some functions are not implemented and require more work from the designer.
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Dassault Systemes
We put it through its paces with our drawings and it works fine. We do a lot of wiring diagrams and industrial control panel layout drawings, so we use a lot of its 2D capabilities. I would not use it in a multi-user environment where you have multiple designers working on one project at a time. This software makes no provisions for allowing multiple users to work at the same time on the same drawing and has no native version control. And because of their poor software control, DraftSight many times put out versions that are "crashy", which would make a lot of people very unproductive very quickly. I would look at other products for larger projects like that.
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Pros
Altium
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Dassault Systemes
  • You can easily bring in a dwg format drawing into the programme and it will display the information just as well as AutoCAD.
  • The programme supports shortcut features or one-click buttons for the most commonly used operations.
  • Script files can be used which is a bonus.
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Cons
Altium
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Dassault Systemes
  • Draftsight could run better on lower performace machines, even on high performance machines there can be some lag now and again.
  • There used to be a more basic subscription version which was perfect for our needs, now lowest subscription is more expensive. Bringing back the standard version would be great.
  • Including hash pattern files would be very useful.
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Likelihood to Renew
Altium
No answers on this topic
Dassault Systemes
It has given us, a small startup, the ability to compete effectively with far larger competitors by evening the playing field at a low cost.
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Usability
Altium
No answers on this topic
Dassault Systemes
Easy if you know how to use CAD software. But is not very difficult to learn using DraftSight if this is your first CAD software. As soon as you get in to it the work flow will save you a lot of time and its simple interface is very nice.
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Reliability and Availability
Altium
No answers on this topic
Dassault Systemes
Other than a bug created by a VAR tech support that didn't get resolved until I installed the next version, DraftSight has worked fine.
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Performance
Altium
No answers on this topic
Dassault Systemes
We have never experienced any such problem. Pages load quickly, and this may partly be an artifact of using top- end hardware. And we have never had customers complain of issues with opening and using our exported files.
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Support Rating
Altium
No answers on this topic
Dassault Systemes
Technical support seems to be overseas with broken English and difficulty to read English. I asked for a trial license to try the fix but it was declined. Ask pratiksha.dahotre and gayatri.keskar for details. In summary, they released a broken version, I helped to fix by providing feedback and error logs. They claimed it is fixed but I can't test it.
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Implementation Rating
Altium
No answers on this topic
Dassault Systemes
An easy to use User Guide would help new and inexperienced designers get up and running even quicker. Ideally, intelligent prompts in pop ups would be wonderful, but at this cost it is a lot to ask.
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Alternatives Considered
Altium
My relationship with ALTIUM DESIGNER is from the time I was a student of the Electronic Engineering career, at the university, it was the official tool to carry out the electronic practices and simulations of the circuits studied in class. Then I used ALTIUM DESIGNER as an independent consultant, however, at present I am using KiCad EDA as a design tool since it is free and open-source, although I have a high rating for KiCad EDA, it's a choice over ALTIUM DESIGNER is only because of its economic aspect.
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Dassault Systemes
While SketchUp is free, DraftSights cost is minimal and its abilities are much greater. It is so much easier to layout and modifies a system design. Since DraftSight is compatible with all versions of CAD, it makes it easy to collaborate with customers on their specific system design. We spend less time and see greater sales on our projects.
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Scalability
Altium
No answers on this topic
Dassault Systemes
As a startup, we really appreciate scalable software or tools, and because we use it for diverse types of projects, flexibility is key.
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Return on Investment
Altium
  • Although I am not currently using ALTIUM DESIGNER, it is only for the price of its license. However, the use of the platform reduces work times, generating a positive impact on the associated costs.
  • When working with colleagues in other countries, ALTIUM DESIGNER is the tool taken as a reference, its use is very useful when exchanging information and files.
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Dassault Systemes
  • I have been able to save countless hours by making drawing corrections myself. Previously, I would have had to wait hours or days to get drawings back from our customers.
  • In the past year I would say that DraftSight has saved roughly 200 hours. That time would have been spent waiting for our customers to make corrections and then send them back to us.
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