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AutoCAD

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Score 8 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.

Likelihood to Recommend

AutoCAD

AutoCAD is a great program to use to introduce real-life software that students could potentially use for jobs in the future. I used AutoCAD to design the house I am living in right now. If you aren't planning on doing anything in the future with 3D printing or drafting than the program is not something that I would recommend.
Mark Perry | TrustRadius Reviewer

DraftSight

DraftSight is well-suited to floorplans, equipment layouts, factory layouts, and electrical power drawings. Simple vector graphics and drawings for vector artwork is a snap in DraftSight. I find it very easy to sketch out a layout for clarification and project beginning.

DraftSight is not well-suited to three dimensional product or part models.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

AutoCAD

  • AutoCAD is perfect to use when the graphic representation of objects are shown in multiple drawing locations. Then this graphic can be changed once and all occurrences will be automatically updated.
  • Using AutoCAD to draw plans is so much more efficient than drawing by hand. This is especially true when it comes to having to make changes. Everything can be done on the computer. There's no need to redraw or retrace the plan because with one command it's so easy to just make a digital copy of it.
  • AutoCAD supports not only two-dimensional drawings but also three-dimensional drawings. With a three dimensional model, a user can actually create walkthrus and flybys of the project instead of having to create a physical model.
Paul Li | TrustRadius Reviewer

DraftSight

  • Repetition of items with great built in tools.
  • Does everything a “basic” user requires without the big price stamp.
  • Exports drawings in to other formats i.e PDF very easily with lots of options of making your exported document to look just how you would like it to look.
Daniel West | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

AutoCAD

  • The biggest downside of AutoCAD is absolutely the complexity of the product. Gaining proficiency (in my opinion) requires an in-person class with a skilled instructor that can guide a beginner.
  • You need a pretty beefy machine with a newer-generation processor and top-notch video card to really use AutoCAD. Don't assume you can run it on just anything, as it will take forever for files to load and rendering will mean a lot of waiting around otherwise. We use machines that are well suited for high-end gaming with 256GB of RAM and a multi-processor CPU motherboard, plus dual video cards, so it's not cheap, but time is money so its worth it.
  • You also need much larger than normal displays (like with any type of drawing work) and with a 4K/60hz resolution to reduce eye strain. Once again, not inexpensive but necessary.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

DraftSight

  • Customizing tool bars could do with a little improvement. e.g. the ability to drag a command out of a menu and drop it on the shortcut menus as a button, would be fabulous.
  • Moving objects to the OCS (e.g. 0, 0, 0) is not always straight forward, and the error command is not really helpful.
Philip Davies | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

AutoCAD

AutoCAD 8.9
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 8.0
Based on 10 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 8.1
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 7.7
Based on 6 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 7.3
Based on 24 answers
I give this rating to truly reflect the utility of this tool as a weapon in the armory of every engineer who is out there to create something for generations to wow at. Being a civil engineer by education, I can appreciate the tool's complexity and utility which cannot be provided by any other tool in the market.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

DraftSight

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Implementation Rating

AutoCAD

AutoCAD 8.0
Based on 2 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 7.6
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

I like AutoCAD for design purpose so, I would highly recommend this software to anyone in the designing field, especially signal designing, architectural, engineering or surveying field. AutoCAD is user-friendly software. AutoCAD allows you to be very detailed with your designs, and is very flexible in it's capabilities. AutoCAD has many straightforward tools such as line, polyline, arc and circle that make the whole experience a lot easier and simplifies things for the user. Also, the help boxes that appear on the screen when you put the cursor on a tool are really enlightening and convenient.
Neha Chopra | TrustRadius Reviewer

DraftSight

DraftSight is virtually comparable to other products like AutoCAD and CorelDraw but the lower cost makes DraftSight a no-brainer to pick over the others. At this point, we just renew year after year versus shopping for other products.
Tim Roberts | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

AutoCAD

  • AutoCAD is the function of our business. AutoCAD has made this company successful for over 30+ years. This company works, lives, and breathes AutoCAD.
  • AutoCAD also has returned a good amount of investment over the years. Since we surround ourselves with AutoCAD daily, I can happily say that it has made this company a huge profit.
  • One negative impact is the constant upgrades. Any time a new version comes out, we have to invest in the latest because let's face it, that's how business works! Which costs more money for the upgrade and the maintenance.
Samantha Dross | TrustRadius Reviewer

DraftSight

  • Has allowed us to create a better visual representation of our project/plant visions through developing tangible drawings. This makes it easier for Board members to understand our proposals and helps instill project confidence.
  • A great tool to review safety (egress; aisleways; etc)
Adam Ehresman | TrustRadius Reviewer

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Pricing Details

AutoCAD

General

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

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

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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