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https://dudodiprj2sv7.cloudfront.net/product-logos/H4/dx/IMMSXO48PVE7.JPEGDraftsight - reliable 2D Sketching software in oil & gas industryOnce the process team finalizes the design, we give a Draftsight sketch of the equipment design to estimate and to come up with a cost. Once our bid becomes a project, our electrical engineering will make the initial sketch more accurately with the right instrumentation and pass it to the design engineering for 3D modeling. It will also be sent to the Customer at both stages - once for understanding, and later for approval.,Draftsight is an easy to use 2D sketching software Well suited for Oil & Gas Industry - equipment design Faster to learn and is compatible with other software,Can be made more robust There can be detailed tutorial or library with the legend of the symbols,7,We have less than 5 personnel who use Draftsight on a regular basis, others mostly use it for read-only. The license is our only investment. Not much time is invested to train any personnel. As it is easy to use the tool, it saves time during the bidding phase.,AutoCAD and AutoCAD 360,AspenONE Engineering, Encompix ERP, InsightlyDraftsight - 2D Drawing softwareIn every project, we use DraftSight for piping and instrument drawing which will be used by our design team to prepare 3D models. Draftsight drawing is almost the first step in every project. Actually, most of the time, this step starts even before winning the project - at the bidding stage. These drawings help in understanding the scope of the project in the early stage of the project lifecycle.,Easy to use Industry standard practices Compatibility,More customization features Importing or exporting from or to other software programs,7,As it is a comparatively easy tool to use, we didn't invest much in time, and it is only for the software As it is quick to use or modify, it is widely used by engineers from pass to cost estimator Often sent to the customer to explain the scope graphically,AutoCAD and AutoCAD 360,AspenONE Engineering, Microsoft Access, Adobe Illustrator CC, Adobe Acrobat DC, Skype, Skype for BusinessNative DWG Program for Proofing TranslationsDraftsight is a program available on line from Dassault systems. it is a basic drafting program which utilizes OpenDWG, so it is fully compatible with AutoCad. All that being said, my main use of Draftsignt is to check translations from my main program, PowerCadd, to DWG. It is very helpful in that it allows one to view the document as it might be viewed by an AutoCad user. Also, another helpful feature of Draftsight is its ability to save a DWG document in an earlier format, say it would open an AutoCad 2016 document and allow me to save it as an AutoCad 2013 document. The program makes good use of the MacOS interface. Once the document is viewed in Draftsignt, the program has enough tools that allows the user to fully edit lines, blocks, text, etc. Or, as an option, simply return to the main program and edit the document there. For Mac users using PowerCadd or any other program that requires translation to DWG for AutoCad users, this program is recommended. And the price is very reasonable.,Saves in native DWG format Allows a document to be saved to be read by earlier versions of AutoCad Makes good use of MacOS interface Sufficient tools allow editing of the document within the program,Could use more extensive libraries. This is a basic drafting program, so for an additional cost, there are add-ons making the program more useful. Delete function doesn't work intuitively. Lacks "power tools" which would enable line cleanups, snap to objects, etc.,7,Draftsight gives me a tool which allows me to examine imported DWG documents. Draftsight allow proofing of translated documents- important in that the translated document has to be functional and useful to the end user. Sharing of documents with consultants who do not use my programs is crucial. Draftsight makes this process more viable.,PowerCadd, Vectorworks and SketchUp,Microsoft Office 2016, QuickBooks for MacGreatest bargain in the 2d drafting world.Draftsight is the software I have personally installed on my own computer. When I first started using Draftsight it was for freelance work. Now I use it for working at home and on the road because it is the best .dwg compatible software you can get for the price. On my recommendation a couple of my colleagues have installed it on their own computers to use when they are away from work but need to access drawings to deal with after hours emergency calls. If you are an Autocad LT user you can open Draftsight and be working productively in minutes, especially if you use keyboard shortcuts. If you're a Solidworks user it gives you a way to view and edit 2D .dwgs exported from Solidworks.,Full 2D .dwg compatibility. You can open and manipulate any drawing that you can with the leading brand's LT software. It has a small stable footprint on your computer that dosn't consume valuable resources like some other CAD programs. Draftsight is available for multiple operating systems, including Linux! Let's face it price matters, even enterprise installations of Draftsight are less than individual licenses of most software in its class. For the individual user for working at home or freelancing it is the deal of the century. Even the free version is great although you lose some of the functionality of the paid version. The best part of all is that you don't sacrifice quality and performance to get the low price. It's 99% as capable as software costing 10 times as much.,The hardest thing for me to get used to was setting up printing layouts because the menu & commands are just different enough that there's a little learning curve to that menu. This is not really a problem but it still trips me up when switching back & forth between software brands. Occasionally I try a .dwg keyboard command that does not match what I am expecting but the help menu always points me in the right direction. The most annoying thing is not caused by Draftsight, but when you open your saved drawing the next day at work with Autocad it will give you a warning that the .dwg is not a trusted .dwg this is not the fault of Draftsight but it is annoying.,10,It has allowed me to work after hours for a negligible cost. When free lancing if I had to pay leading national brand prices for CAD software I couldn't make enough money to justify doing it. Always remember that when you put the paper drawing in the end users hand, they don't care if the software that created it was $149 or $1499 dollars. The finished product is worth the same fee regardless.,Autocad LT,AutoCADDraftSight A OK!We used DraftSight to edit and review our database of old CAD files and update our current dwg. extension drawings for our CAM software. We also used this to edit old drawings in our instruction manuals. We found it easier to use DraftSight than trying to do these operations in Solidworks.,Excellent conversion between dwg. and other formats. Easy to use interface for creating 2D drawings. Great too for making quick sketches to show customers.,Sometimes it runs buggy or freezes up the screen. Would be nice to have more options with the color schemes/ contrast.,8,I believe that it has improved overall productivity, especially with management of old files and presentations in meetings. Helped increase accuracy giving us a tool to update drawings in old manuals. increased communication with customers as a tool for sketching up ideas quickly.,TurboCAD and AutoCAD,Agile CRM, PDF Xchange Viewer and Editor
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June 12, 2018

Review: "Draftsight - reliable 2D Sketching software in oil & gas industry"

Score 7 out of 10
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Once the process team finalizes the design, we give a Draftsight sketch of the equipment design to estimate and to come up with a cost. Once our bid becomes a project, our electrical engineering will make the initial sketch more accurately with the right instrumentation and pass it to the design engineering for 3D modeling. It will also be sent to the Customer at both stages - once for understanding, and later for approval.
  • Draftsight is an easy to use 2D sketching software
  • Well suited for Oil & Gas Industry - equipment design
  • Faster to learn and is compatible with other software
  • Can be made more robust
  • There can be detailed tutorial or library with the legend of the symbols
Draftsight suits well for oil & gas companies where the sketch needs to be made quickly at the bidding phase - which provides understanding to the customer about the project scope, and also makes the cost estimation of the project easier. It is an industry-wide standard software and is used very often by several companies.
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June 06, 2018

User Review: "Draftsight - 2D Drawing software"

Score 7 out of 10
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In every project, we use DraftSight for piping and instrument drawing which will be used by our design team to prepare 3D models. Draftsight drawing is almost the first step in every project. Actually, most of the time, this step starts even before winning the project - at the bidding stage. These drawings help in understanding the scope of the project in the early stage of the project lifecycle.
  • Easy to use
  • Industry standard practices
  • Compatibility
  • More customization features
  • Importing or exporting from or to other software programs
It is well suited in scenarios where you need a visual representation of actual project scope, this is because we can include electrical components and details in this drawing with different symbols that are used as standard across the industry. As this is done early in the project, can be a good start for cost estimating and also for 3d drawings.
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February 21, 2018

DraftSight Review: "Native DWG Program for Proofing Translations"

Score 7 out of 10
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Draftsight is a program available on line from Dassault systems. it is a basic drafting program which utilizes OpenDWG, so it is fully compatible with AutoCad. All that being said, my main use of Draftsignt is to check translations from my main program, PowerCadd, to DWG. It is very helpful in that it allows one to view the document as it might be viewed by an AutoCad user. Also, another helpful feature of Draftsight is its ability to save a DWG document in an earlier format, say it would open an AutoCad 2016 document and allow me to save it as an AutoCad 2013 document. The program makes good use of the MacOS interface. Once the document is viewed in Draftsignt, the program has enough tools that allows the user to fully edit lines, blocks, text, etc. Or, as an option, simply return to the main program and edit the document there. For Mac users using PowerCadd or any other program that requires translation to DWG for AutoCad users, this program is recommended. And the price is very reasonable.
  • Saves in native DWG format
  • Allows a document to be saved to be read by earlier versions of AutoCad
  • Makes good use of MacOS interface
  • Sufficient tools allow editing of the document within the program
  • Could use more extensive libraries. This is a basic drafting program, so for an additional cost, there are add-ons making the program more useful.
  • Delete function doesn't work intuitively.
  • Lacks "power tools" which would enable line cleanups, snap to objects, etc.
Draftsight is well-suited for proofing and editing documents translated to DWG from other programs. Draftsight has some value as a standalone 2D CAD program with a good array of tools. Opting for a version of Draftsight which is more professional grade and more useful doesn't carry with it a very heavy price tag. In basic use, Draftsight has many of the basic disadvantages of AutoCAD LT, with its limited "power tools" and libraries. Functions like dimensioning are tricky.
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February 16, 2018

DraftSight Review: "Greatest bargain in the 2d drafting world."

Score 10 out of 10
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Draftsight is the software I have personally installed on my own computer. When I first started using Draftsight it was for freelance work. Now I use it for working at home and on the road because it is the best .dwg compatible software you can get for the price. On my recommendation a couple of my colleagues have installed it on their own computers to use when they are away from work but need to access drawings to deal with after hours emergency calls. If you are an AutoCAD LT user you can open Draftsight and be working productively in minutes, especially if you use keyboard shortcuts. If you're a Solidworks user it gives you a way to view and edit 2D .dwgs exported from Solidworks.
  • Full 2D .dwg compatibility. You can open and manipulate any drawing that you can with the leading brand's LT software.
  • It has a small stable footprint on your computer that dosn't consume valuable resources like some other CAD programs.
  • Draftsight is available for multiple operating systems, including Linux!
  • Let's face it price matters, even enterprise installations of Draftsight are less than individual licenses of most software in its class. For the individual user for working at home or freelancing it is the deal of the century. Even the free version is great although you lose some of the functionality of the paid version.
  • The best part of all is that you don't sacrifice quality and performance to get the low price. It's 99% as capable as software costing 10 times as much.
  • The hardest thing for me to get used to was setting up printing layouts because the menu & commands are just different enough that there's a little learning curve to that menu. This is not really a problem but it still trips me up when switching back & forth between software brands.
  • Occasionally I try a .dwg keyboard command that does not match what I am expecting but the help menu always points me in the right direction.
  • The most annoying thing is not caused by Draftsight, but when you open your saved drawing the next day at work with AutoCAD it will give you a warning that the .dwg is not a trusted .dwg this is not the fault of Draftsight but it is annoying.
If all you need to draw is 2D layout and detail drawings with good .dwg interchangeability then you really just can't beat Draftsight for even 10 times the money. If you occasionally work from home, if you're a freelancer or a student I highly recommend that you use it. Same thing if you're an enterprise that deals in 2D drawings and schematics such as irrigation or home electrical.
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February 15, 2018

User Review: "DraftSight A OK!"

Score 8 out of 10
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We used DraftSight to edit and review our database of old CAD files and update our current dwg. extension drawings for our CAM software. We also used this to edit old drawings in our instruction manuals. We found it easier to use DraftSight than trying to do these operations in Solidworks.
  • Excellent conversion between dwg. and other formats.
  • Easy to use interface for creating 2D drawings.
  • Great too for making quick sketches to show customers.
  • Sometimes it runs buggy or freezes up the screen.
  • Would be nice to have more options with the color schemes/ contrast.
A good alternative to AutoCAD especially when working with dxf. or dwg. extensions. Used as a bridge between solidworks and our old database of AutoCAD drawings. Good file coversion to get old files into newer formats to aid in updated to 3D programs. Also works well for making quick sketches when conducting meetings with customers.
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About DraftSight

DraftSight® is a 2D design and drafting solution. According to the vendor, it offers a familiar user interface and a minimal learning curve that facilitates a quick transition from your current 2D CAD application at a low cost.

DraftSight Offerings:
  • DraftSight Download: for individuals who need a straightforward 2D design and drafting solution.
  • DraftSight Professional: professional-grade 2D design and drafting with productivity tools and an Application Programming Interface (API) for enhanced usability and customization. Includes industry-standard content that can be added to a document with ease; batch printing; DGN, PDF, and XLS file support; and more. Available to purchase online with flexible subscription and non-subscription purchasing options starting at just $149.
  • DraftSight Enterprise: for organizations that need the power of DraftSight Professional plus network licensing and technical support.

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DraftSight Integrations

GEOVIA Surpac, SOLIDWORKS PDM, SOLIDWORKS Electrical, 3DEXPERIENCE Platform

DraftSight Competitors

SketchUp, TurboCAD, AutoCAD LT

Pricing

Has featureFree Trial Available?Yes
Has featureFree or Freemium Version Available?Yes
Does not have featurePremium Consulting/Integration Services Available?No
Entry-level set up fee?No
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DraftSight Download$0
DraftSight Professional$149per license
DraftSight Enterprise$335per license

DraftSight Professional offers flexible subscription and non-subscription purchasing options: choose an annual subscription for just $149/year, or a one-time purchase for perpetual use for $299.

DraftSight Support Options

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DraftSight Technical Details

Deployment Types:On-premise
Operating Systems: Windows, Linux, Mac
Mobile Application:No
Supported Languages: English, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Czech, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese-Brazilian, Turkish, Russian