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Likelihood to Recommend

AutoCAD LT

AutoCAD LT is suitable for engineers that uses DWG formats casually and don't rely on AutoCAD as the main tool to issue drawings in the workflow. AutoCAD LT is best suited for firms that do not use LISP functions in AutoCAD and do not care about 3D modeling. Although AutoCAD LT has other missing functions when compared to standard AutoCAD, these features are of less importance and can't be noticed.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

DraftSight

DraftSight is great for making corrections to existing drawings or starting from scratch to make a new set of drawings. I primarily use DraftSight for corrections but recently I have started to use it for creating drawings from scratch. DraftSight is very intuitive and the help feature has been great when I have questions.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

AutoCAD LT

  • The library feature for all areas is to me AutoCAD LT's extra strong point, it makes it easier to find information within the program itself.
  • The fast solutions and precise development of drawings and projects is also another strong point.
  • I use the floor plans, elevations, sections and the hydraulic designs to work with my students on physics projects.
  • The software allows you to scale model and remodel as many times as you need, from simple to more complex designs
  • Importing and exporting files is also very simple to perform making corrections and quick feedback to students easy.
Jaciara Fagundes | TrustRadius Reviewer

DraftSight

  • Simple and easy to use.
  • Delivers solid drafting capability to the 'new' or 'veteran' CAD user, no [matter] what your demand level is; beginner, intermediate, or advanced.
  • The thing I appreciate the most about DraftSight has to be its tremendous VALUE, when compared to pretty much every other CAD product out there, INCLUDING AUTOCAD. I'm Just Saying.
Marlin Alvis | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

AutoCAD LT

  • All LISP functions are missing on AutoCAD LT
  • Missing Architectural and Mechanical tool-sets
  • No 3D modeling of any kind
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

DraftSight

  • The layers palette icons are confusing and it requires too many steps to create a new layer. I shouldn't have to open the layer manager to create a layer.
  • Converting splines to polylines and arcs (quickly and easily) that can be cut on CNC equipment. This is a nut no CAD package I've come across has been able to crack to my expectations. I need less "workarounds" and a more straightforward workflow with tunable options for this very frequent process.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

AutoCAD LT

No score
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DraftSight

DraftSight 8.1
Based on 11 answers
I will definitely renew it in the future because it turns out to be the most convenient and economical cad software ever!
Massimiliano Mazzini | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

AutoCAD LT

No score
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DraftSight

DraftSight 7.6
Based on 7 answers
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.
Adrian Garnelo | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

AutoCAD LT

No score
No answers yet
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DraftSight

DraftSight 7.5
Based on 7 answers
add contact information like a technical phone number so we can reach a real person when issues arise
Jes Salmons | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

AutoCAD LT

AutoCAD LT can be used by non-engineers, but free programs are usually for professionals.And other software started to introduce some tools that only AutoCAD LT had, so why waste time looking for what is fully found in AutoCAD LT.
Jaciara Fagundes | TrustRadius Reviewer

DraftSight

I have only used AutoCAD (for 30 years) and had a bit of introduction into Inventor. AutoCAD did great - but was hugely expensive, and ultimately bloated for how we use it. My glimpse at Inventor showed a package that was amazingly complex. It felt like it needed the complexity in order to work - like all of the features were 'scabbed on' to the surface of traditional AutoCAD, or that I was looking under the hood while I was running it. SOLIDWORKS strips away the complexity for a very straightforward experience.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

AutoCAD LT

  • AutoCAD LT reduced the cost of design softwares in the firm
  • Has greater ROI
  • The missing features had no effect on the profits
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

DraftSight

  • It is hard to put an actual ROI on our use of DraftSight, when I came to this company 3 years ago we outsourced all of our CAD work even if it was just convert this ACAD drawing to PDF. DraftSight paid for itself the first time I performed such a conversion, especially since it was free back then. Even if we had the most expensive version, it still would have paid for itself in two such conversions.
  • When I arrived at my current position 3 years ago drawings for reports were being hand done or sent out to a CAD subcontractor. The time and money saved on the first report we did In house made the purchase of DraftSight worth while.
  • There has been no negative impact from the purchase and implementation of DraftSight only positive.
  • Several of our clients have commented that we do "large firm work" for such a small firm and I believe DraftSight is part of the reason for their perception of us.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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Pricing Details

AutoCAD LT

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

AutoCAD LT Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details

DraftSight

General

Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

DraftSight Editions & Modules

Edition
DraftSight Standard$991
DraftSight Professional$1991
DraftSight Premium (3D)$4991
DraftSight EnterpriseContact sales team
DraftSight Enterprise PlusContact sales team
  1. per year
Additional Pricing Details
DraftSight Standard, Professional, and Premium are available to purchase online directly. DraftSight Enterprise and Enterprise Plus are available to purchase through your local reseller.

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