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AutoCAD

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Score 8.3 out of 100

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Highlights

AutoCAD and DraftSight are both extremely popular Computer Aided Design (CAD) programs. They both lead the category in ratings and reviews, both having over 250 each. Compared to most SaaS platforms, CAD software has been around for several decades. And while CAD software is most commonly used for engineering and architectural purposes, it has a growing variety of applications.

AutoCAD is a CAD product from Autodesk, a major software company specializing in design tools for various industries. On TrustRadius, most of its users are from mid-sized construction companies. This is in contrast to DraftSight which represents mostly small businesses and/or engineering firms.

Features

In addition to running as desktop software, AutoCAD also has a mobile and web-based version for both Mac and Windows OS. Its major selling points are its pre-built architecture, electrical, and mechanical toolsets. AutoCAD’s key features set support 2D drafting, drawing, and annotation; 3D modeling and visualization; online collaboration; and issue tracking. AutoCAD allows users to access their drawing history, compare Xrefs, and remove and edit multiple objects at once as well.

Draftsight has 5 different tiers of pricing: Standard, Professional, Premium, Enterprise Plus. The key difference between the different tiers is whether or not they support 3D design. While Standard and Professional do not, Premium, Enterprise, and Enterprise Plus do.

Standard is best for non-professional use cases, whereas the other three tiers. The more advanced tiers feature APIs for integrating your ERP, PDM, and LISP tools. as well as complete tools for drafting, modeling, prototyping, manufacturing, laser cutting, and 3D printing. The Enterprise offers are best for organizations with many users across multiple sites.

Limitations

While AutoCAD is extremely popular, no software is perfect. AutoCAD excels at 2D design, but reviewers on TrustRadius frequently call out that its 3D design tools require some improvements to be on the same level as its 2D features. AutoCAD in general seems to have a steep learning curve, so may be best for more experienced users. Reviewers also mention that AutoCAD is a bit slower than comparable programs.

With DraftSight, reviewers mention that it is not as customizable as they would like, and that often updates will add new features that make using the tool more difficult to use. When reviewers have ran into issues, they report that customer service with DraftSight leaves much to be desired and that online support is not useful for troubleshooting.

Pricing

While AutoCAD is free for students and educators, its pricing starts at $1,690/year or $210/month. Buyers also have the option of committing to 3-year licenses at $4,565 total. AutoCAD can be installed on multiple computers, but can only be used on one station at a time.

DraftSight is marketed as being a cheaper alternative to AutoCAD. Its cheapest tier (Standard) starts at $99/year per user. Professional is $199/yr, Premium $499/yr, and Enterprise or Enterprise Plus tiers have customized pricing depending on the size your business and number of users. Expect to pay more than $500/yr at this tier.

Attribute Ratings

  • AutoCAD is rated higher in 5 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Likelihood to Renew, Usability, Support Rating, Implementation Rating

Likelihood to Recommend

8.7

AutoCAD

87%
78 Ratings
8.0

DraftSight

80%
407 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

8.2

AutoCAD

82%
3 Ratings
8.1

DraftSight

81%
14 Ratings

Usability

8.0

AutoCAD

80%
3 Ratings
7.3

DraftSight

73%
10 Ratings

Support Rating

7.1

AutoCAD

71%
27 Ratings
4.8

DraftSight

48%
4 Ratings

Implementation Rating

8.0

AutoCAD

80%
3 Ratings
7.5

DraftSight

75%
9 Ratings

Likelihood to Recommend

AutoCAD

I have used a large number of CAD and other drawing packages like TurboCAD, CorelCAD, Draftsight, Inkscape and CorelDRAW to name a few. Although there are a number of free and cheaper options, AutoCAD is the industry standard or benchmark, user friendly GUI (Graphical User Interface), online help is usually easy to get.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

DraftSight

Draftsight is perfect for converting Solidworks outputted .dxf files into the industry-standard .dwg format. We're able to use Solidworks and Draftsight together to produce drawings that 99.9% of the world can use. Draftsight could be better at automating some tasks, that'd be swell. Other than that, we're happy with how Draftsight incorporates into our drafting environment.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

AutoCAD

  • The tools are easy to use and the learning curve is fairly minimal to be able to create blueprints.
  • The 3D application is very fun to use and it is nice to be able to see your product instead of having to imagine what it will look like.
  • The speed and accuracy in which students can create plans is a huge bonus. Students can plan their industrial art projects out and use their own set of plans to build them.
Mark Perry | TrustRadius Reviewer

DraftSight

  • 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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

AutoCAD

  • It needs more help in 3D world, eventually some parametric support
  • Better connection with Revit or Inventor
  • Dynamic blocks could get some updates
  • Parameters can be more developed; excel capabilities could be added
  • Sheet set could be more evolved to support a workflow involving data management
radu stancescu | TrustRadius Reviewer

DraftSight

  • 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.
Shaun Phillips | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

AutoCAD

General

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

Starting Price

$210 per month

AutoCAD Editions & Modules

Edition
Single-User License$210.001
  1. per month
Additional Pricing Details

DraftSight

General

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

Starting Price

$0

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
  2. none
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.

Likelihood to Renew

AutoCAD

AutoCAD 8.2
Based on 3 answers
Because rarely we [would] rather wait for a whole year to update, sometimes the new updates don't bring many new features and we are still ok with the current version. Also the change of interface is always something that takes time for every partner in the company to get comfortable with. So those are the main reasons we may want to keep the same version.
Nelson David Sanchez Villasmil | TrustRadius Reviewer

DraftSight

DraftSight 8.1
Based on 14 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

AutoCAD 8.0
Based on 3 answers
Is an extremely usefull and accurate software , yo certainly can do almost every task requiered to document a project drawings and specifications , the only is that to be confortable with it you need a little of practice and to be familiarized with the commands and the core functioning to get expected results.
Nelson David Sanchez Villasmil | TrustRadius Reviewer

DraftSight

DraftSight 7.3
Based on 10 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

Support Rating

AutoCAD

AutoCAD 7.1
Based on 27 answers
AutoCAD has the issue of crashing or slowing down the design procedure once a heavy design that includes several disciplines or multiple families/blocks is involved. Customer services gets the feedback from the crash reports but this issue seems like it has never been addressed in the software updates past several years.
Brij Purohit | TrustRadius Reviewer

DraftSight

DraftSight 4.8
Based on 4 answers
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.
Ricardo Santos | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

AutoCAD

AutoCAD 8.0
Based on 3 answers
the implementation was realy easy , to set up our workstation we pay for the licenses we are about to use , there was a little bit of delay to get the payment processed to receive the serial but after that the install runs without any problem , so you can fell secure there will be not issue with the implementation.
Nelson David Sanchez Villasmil | TrustRadius Reviewer

DraftSight

DraftSight 7.5
Based on 9 answers
Easy to use, great user support forums, LOTS of tutorials available.
David Yerks | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

AutoCAD

AutoCAD & Revit are both sold from the same company Autodesk. Revit comes from the point of view of providing powerful tools to create a three-dimensional model where you can extract two-dimensional drawings. AutoCAD, on the other hand, focuses more on providing powerful tools to generate two-dimensional drawings and on the side also offers tools to create a three-dimensional model.
Paul Li | TrustRadius Reviewer

DraftSight

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.
James Bryan Palmer | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

AutoCAD

  • AutoCAD is generally a "good ROI" for us and others in our field as it lets us interact cleanly.
  • AutoCAD is expensive, and the hardware requirements make it more so. As a result, we have had to limit our users of the product.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

DraftSight

  • 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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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