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Likelihood to Recommend

DraftSight

It is very useful for opening and working with DWG files created by others. It does a better job handling such files than some other programs I've used. Creating tabbed views with viewports takes some effort. This is as much a learning curve issue as it is a weakness in the program.
Scott Gold | TrustRadius Reviewer

TurboCAD

It is fully capable of all the design work you can give it. I have even designed houses with it. Turbo CAD Pro Platinum is all I have used for going on 3 years now. I don't know if other versions can do or can't do. If you are a graphic designer, you would need to port the files to a higher end program to manipulate the colors and renderings. For engineering and in-house work it is perfect.
James Arjuna | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

DraftSight

  • It allows me to quickly fit equipment into tight spaces because it is very flexible.
  • It is easy to learn and use, and its numerous features give me many options in the design phase.
  • It provides me with a single tool to design everything from layouts to instrumentation drawings.
  • It enables independent small users like me to wield the design capability of a large enterprise.
Uday Singh | TrustRadius Reviewer

TurboCAD

  • Good scale tools
  • Easy to pick up
  • The exporter
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

DraftSight

  • Changing the dimension styles is a pain.
  • Needs to have a drop down menu for multiple dimension styles.
  • If it has one it needs to be easier to find... because I can't find it.
  • User profiles or view profiles... so that you can switch back and forth between one UI layout and another.
wayne kiddle | TrustRadius Reviewer

TurboCAD

  • It would be good to have some standardized rendering, lighting and color schemes to make rendering faster. But once you learn how to place lights and adjust the shadows, it works fine. For some projects, I just want to send a color rendering faster.
  • Turbo CAD Pro Platinum is not for people who require an easy "intuitive" learning. You have to study the manual and the TC tutorials. There are plenty of free youtube videos to show how to do it, but it does take some learning.
  • This program has been around since the 1980s, as a good alternative to the high-end programs. Now it has expanded into a huge full-featured engineering program. Sometimes it has glitches with color rendering, and you have to work at it.
James Arjuna | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

DraftSight

DraftSight 7.6
Based on 6 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

TurboCAD

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Alternatives Considered

DraftSight

Draftsight is NOT my basic drafting program. It lacks the power tools that PowerCadd has. Vectorworks Architect is a complete BIM solution. Draft sight does not offer an object-based solution, so would not work for my basic CAD needs. Users considering Draftsight should use it for what it seems to do best - proof DWG documents.
John Cruet Jr., AIA | TrustRadius Reviewer

TurboCAD

3DS Max is the one I use the most, the other two are good choices also. They have more online tutorials for helping learn them.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

DraftSight

  • Cost of software. I have heard an architect state that his greatest business expense is his AutoCAD subscription.
  • The software becomes more effective as you use it and learn more about it.
  • There has been no negative effect on my business.
Gerard Duhon | TrustRadius Reviewer

TurboCAD

  • Having issues with new employees learning how to build our products. The images are extremely helpful, in terms of training and making sure the products are built to our high standards. Saves untold time, because our factory is in Holland and many employees speak different languages. The photo renderings, speak everyone's language.
  • Improved prototyping. We send parts out t0 be made by CNC and they come back nearly perfect for our needs. We have not used the 3D printing technology yet. Been waiting for that to develop better.
  • The only negative impact is that people are reluctant to learn it because it takes a certain degree of intelligence to understand it. But if you are an engineer, it is easy to understand.
James Arjuna | TrustRadius Reviewer

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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
  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.

TurboCAD

General

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

TurboCAD Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details

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