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https://media.trustradius.com/product-logos/H4/dx/IMMSXO48PVE7.JPEGUsing DraftSight in chemical engineeringI use DraftSight extensively in designing the entire emission control system for customer manufacturing processes. The design includes a General Arrangement (GA) plan and elevation layouts, details of components, sectional views of process equipment, and Piping and Instrumentation Diagrams (P&ID). I export the detailed design drawings, typically as .dwg files, to customers and construction contractors for installation of equipment. It would be a challenge to work with both customer engineers and their construction crews without DraftSight, which greatly facilitates my work.,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.,It would be more efficient to have direct access to Help Support, although the Help feature and Forum can often answer questions. For instrumentation, an embedded symbol library would be valuable. I currently have to create my own library. For layouts, an embedded equipment symbol library (for example, pumps, motors) would be helpful.,8,Now that I use DraftSight, I can parlay a small investment in the software to a consulting rate of $300 per hour, thereby paying for it in 30 minutes. Using DraftSight, I can easily compete with larger enterprises and be more nimble. The use of DraftSight has actually extended my skill set, allowing me to add new features to my designs. My work is now presented in a more professional manner, and has gained me more respect.,6,In my business, I am required to develop a conceptual design for a system to control emissions from industrial processes. Following this, I next have to make the transition to a detailed design ready for fabrication of equipment and also complete enough for field installation. During this period, my drawings are imported by customer engineers, integrated into their CAD system, and returned for further details. Using this interactive sequence, I am able to be very responsive to the tight schedules in such projects.,DraftSight has given me the ability to transition from relying on external CAD designers to develop my complex designs by myself. My expertise is in chemical engineering, enabling me to understand the nature of an emission problem and then craft a process to control the source emission. Now that I can use DraftSight, I can make the transition from a chemical engineering solution to a professional design without using an external CAD designer, significantly reducing both the time and cost of the design.,It is true that such products are intended to increase productivity. Most CAD software, however, is expensive, and the learning curve can be steep, requiring too much time to be worthwhile. Other drawing programs are less expensive but are simply not professional. After much trial and error, I decided to use DraftSight, and the resulting time and cost savings in producing professional work product have been significant.,Microsoft 365 Business, Wix, BoxDraftSight: good at sharing with othersI use the 2D version of DraftSight to open and work with building drawings in DWG format. It is very helpful in working with drawings sent to me by others. Our company consists of only two people and I am the only one currently using DaftSight, so you could say 50% of our company uses the product.,Handles DWG files very well. It is a robust program and handles large files better than some other similar programs I've used. It is more responsive than other similar programs I've used. I like the two-key and multilple-key command structure. It is intuitive. It has some great tools for drawing bolts and other types of fasteners. Recognizes and uses 3D Connexion controller.,Interface could be optimized to provide more screen space for drawings. Zooming in and out using the mouse wheel could be improved. Inserting viewports and setting them up could be made easier and more intuitive,8,The price for the 2D version is very competitive with other low-cost CAD programs. The 2D version is more robust than other low-cost CAD programs. DraftSight has made it easier for me to work with clients who use AutoCAD, which in my industry is the standard in CAD software.,8,DraftSight works with the 3DConnexion mouse (though it really isn't a mouse; it is a three dimensional controller that some refer to as a puck), which helps with navigating around a drawing once you get used to how it works. Working with CAD files (in DWG format) from other clients (mostly using AutoCAD) has helped speed up my design process.,I feel like this is a repeat of what I've said in response to other questions, but the ability to successfully open and work with DWG files is very valuable to my company. We typically receive drawings from architects in DWG format. Some CAD programs we've used import the files, and sometimes it works and other times it does not. DraftSight works with DWG files without having to convert them to another format. This has made is much easier to share drawing files back and forth with our clients.,We haven't measured the improvement in turning around design projects, but DraftSight has definitely helped.,TurboCAD, AutoCAD and Siemens Solid Edge,TurboCAD, Siemens Solid Edge, QuickBooks Online, LibreOfficeAn Amazing Productivity Product for Our BusinessWe use DraftSight to drawing diagrams, make model markups, made model drawings & models are then turned into production drawings. Also used for tracing images for our CNC machines and Laser cutting machines.,Very accurate Modelling Drawings Very accurate Production Drawings Very accurate Tracing and G-Code Generation for CNC Machines Very accurate Tracing and G-Code Generation for Laser Cutters,DraftSight how to videos for 2019 product are really needed!,10,DraftSight has increased our productivity by 150% over the previous products we were using!,7,Have not had a need to compare DraftSight to other products, the features it provides satisfies all our needs.,Modelling, production, tracing and G-Code!,Our productivity has gone up 150% over our previous products.,AutoCAD mobile (formerly AutoCAD 360),AutoCAD mobile (formerly AutoCAD 360), FivetranGreat price point with features that enhance productivity. Takes a bit of time to master all the benefits.We use DraftSight to map out the rooms with dimensions for our clients so that we are able to decide what pieces will work best and create ultimate flow and functionality. Previously we used AutoCAD and find that DraftSight is just as easy to use, but more affordable. We do not offer 3-D renderings but our 2-D drawings in DraftSight are clear and easy to read by our clients.,The shortcuts are easy to learn and help with efficiency. We like switching between colors to highlight the various components of each drawing. The snap feature is helpful to create exact joints.,We have not been able to find out how to rotate the elevations in view ports. Setting dimension and text preferences is somewhat cumbersome.,9,Because of the favorable price point we feel that DraftSight has been a great investment for our small company and it delivers for our clients.,8,N/A.,The clear drawing style that is easy to read and understand by our clients.,The shortcuts really help with our overall productivity. We spend time to really evaluate all options to give our clients our very best design.,AutoCAD,Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator CC, Adobe InDesign, Microsoft Office 365Gets the job doneAllied Stainless mostly uses DraftSight to edit DXF files for clean up before sending to CNC laser software for cutting. We also use it for viewing floorplans, and equipment schedules for food service designs. We like it because it gets the job done and costs much less than the competitor's equivalent product. We would recommend it to anyone who needs to edit or view DWG or DXF files.,Quick trim is great Layers is easier to use than autocad Pretty stable, have had very few crashes,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.,9,It has saved us a lot of money over any other DXF editors. Since it's cheaper we can afford additional licenses so general workstations that are not using it all the time can have it available. Ease of install.,7,DXF files must be cleaned up prior to sending to our CNC laser software. so we have to have a DXF editor and DraftSight is the most economical solution I know of.,We do not use most of what it can do, but having it available over lesser systems is well worth the minimal cost.,Does what we need it to do and we can have more seats so others can work on the projects that they normally would not when they have time without people moving from one work station to another. ie we have more seats than we would have with more expensive solutions.,AutoCAD,Siemens Solid Edge, SOLIDWORKSThe best CAD software on the market. A must have!I design conveyor systems for customers. Build in 5 year growth for future needs. Customer needs and ease of maintenance is a major focal point. Reliable systems and similar drive units always the facilities department to have spare parts for all conveyor unitswith limited inventory. Off the shelf are chose without specialized parts.,DraftSight is easy to use. Able to import AutoCAD files Save as .dwg files Send files to others using different AutoCAD formats,I am very happy with the present functionality of the software.,10,Inexpensive alternative to AutoCAD.,10,Imports and exports files with ease. Have saved as dwg as far back as 2004 format as some laser cutting companies have not upgraded their AutoCAD software. Doing so with no issues at all. Great software for a small company as mine. Highly recommend DraftSight to anyone with AutoCAD or other similar software.,DraftSight Professional is perfect for any size company and very reasonably priced.,Ease of use and files can be shared without any issues.,AutoCADDraftsight fits small companies design needsBeing a one-man design service, I use DraftSight to design Low Voltage to the architect's plans for installation. I also use DraftSight to design special fixtures that may be required to hold a touch screen panel or a box to protect some special electronic application.,I am able to take any DWG file and add another layer which comprises all of the Low Voltage requirements. Very easy to use Excellent Support Much less expensive than other CAD Softwares.,Possibly a better layout for layers, so you can change the colors for clarity on the plans.,10,No Negative impact, all positive.,10,I have not. I use it as a stand alone design tool.,Primarily cost for the same results.,I always achieve the benefit. As an example other CAD software requires additional desk licenses for others in my small company.,DraftSight rocks!I and my employees use DraftSight. It is able to save .dwg files in several AutoCAD versions, which if you are an older AutoCAD user, you cannot save to more current versions or have modern AutoCAD files read by older AutoCAD programs. It allows a very reasonable cost for very effective software, without AutoDesk getting all in my business.,Very dependable, stable Patterns work very well Many ways to copy and move, very quickly Improvements in software over time,I do not think all of the functionality is covered in the Help menu The terms used in the Help menu and options menu are overwhelming, some hyperlinked explanation would be helpful The options menu is very difficult, finding a control of a particular aspect of the program is looking for a needle in a haystack, I have worked with this for ten years and still don't know the logic and hierarchy. The text editors have been changed over the years and I still don't like the setup. Currently, when I edit, it blows up so I cannot see the entire stream of text.,10,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.,4,No,Printing to pdf.Full control of entity properties, making changes to entities in properties pane.Mouse gestures.Move by dragging, copy by dragging plus Ctrl,We can send .dwg files back and forth easily within email size limits.,,Adobe Acrobat DC, Microsoft 365 BusinessFits my business perfectly.I use DraftSight primarily to make manufacturing drawings of spare parts, layouts, and other design assignments as well.,Drawing of spare parts. Easy to design an ideal production drawing. Drawing of layouts. Rarely requested in solid modeled version (3D). Drawings can be customized for the customer and designed to be read by a human eye. Dimensions and positions of dimensions in different views can be divided according to how the (paper) drawing is supposed to be read.,I would like to define its own paper sizes permanently in PDF-EXPORT - PAPER SIZE to grind typing in Custom format when using e.g. A01 format (landscape 1189x594 mm). Save as PDF feature. Every time I use the feature, I have to choose the paper size from a long list, many of which are completely irrelevant. In addition, "Margins" are always checked, and must be ticked off each time. Similarly, "Use print style table" must be checked in each time. This is time-consuming and I would like to set default settings in these menus for my respective drawing template. 2D G-code Generator - In the CAM function, it should be possible to convert text to outline. Delivering ISO code for simpler text engraving should work well with the built-in CAM feature. But for this to be smoother, it should be possible to convert pre-written text to outline. This feature is available in AlphaCam, among others. It should be possible to set the tolerance position "middle" as the default setting. Dimensioning, degrees. Trailing zeros should also apply to deg / min / sec. The parenting function is only in the dialog, not among the properties. Parameter definition for threaded holes would be useful. Screws and nuts should be created using parameter control (key width & height), and the current selection is somewhat limited. The selection of screws and washers is also somewhat limited today. For example, spring washers (FBB) are completely missing. Lockable function for "Snap-To". As it is now, you have to activate it every time. This is usually good, but sometimes you want to be able to lock the function. Measuring function & measuring angle. As it is today, only length measurements and area can be measured with the help of "tape measures". Angle measurements can only be measured by setting a dimension. The ortho function does not work as consistently as would be desirable. If you activate ortho, you want the system to consistently move unobstructed, and draw lines in a straight X / Y plane. This does not happen because of the attachment-to-function functions. This makes the ortho function useless. HATCH - If you are moving lines, you would like the cut mark to follow, for example, by activating the update/rewrite function. It should be possible to import .stp files into DraftSight,10,Very positive impact. DraftSight is one of the most important tools in my business.,10,I use Draft Sight in combination with calculation clusters from Hexagon.de.Notes from an AutoCAD convertIt is used by an individual to open, view and edit .dwg files. We also use AutoCAD, and we find that the two products work well together.,Editing CAD drawings in .dwg format Attaching reference files, such as PDF's, as background, and drawing over them Printing in a variety of formats Easy-to-use, intuitive interface,I use DraftSight at work and at home, on different computers. I find that somehow the editor settings are different, and I haven't been able to determine what settings I need to change. For example, on one machine, I am able to select multiple drawing objects by clicking on them. On the other machine, I have to use shift-click or else it just selects the last one. Scaling drawings into standard hard-copy formats, such as A, B, C, D size paper, and inserting a border with title block, could be made easier. I find myself resizing the dimension text, spacing, arrowhead size, etc. each time I start a new drawing so that the dimensions are appropriately sized for that drawing. I go into the drafting properties and individually edit each parameter. I'd like an easier way to do this.,10,All of our mechanical engineers use SolidWorks. As that product is fairly costly, it is not economical to buy a seat for everyone that needs to generate or view 2D CAD drawings in our organization. So DraftSight fills a gap, allowing 2D drafting of engineering and manufacturing drawings. DraftSight can be used by older engineers that are familiar with AutoCAD, from prior positions. The younger engineers all want to use SolidWorks because that's what they learned in college.,10,We don't use this feature. We are a small organization.,.dwg format compatibility.,My productivity is similar using either DraftSight or AutoCAD. In fact, I switch back and forth. I'd say I like the DraftSight environment a bit better.,,Microsoft Visual Studio CodeNo RegretsWe use DraftSight in conjunction with our Cad Cam Program for work on a CNC machining center, design and creation of new products, and it is used by our sales personnel for verification of dimensions of different products in order to get the proper items to the customer. Great program, I like it better than the competition. Been working with CAD programs since Auto CAD came out with Version 12 for DOS and I find DraftSight more user-friendly with more features.,Universal compatibility with other programs Ability to insert parts from individual manufactures The tool box feature is a definite plus,It has minor problems when saving drawings - Crashes if you initiate certain commands while program is saving a drawing,10,Well worth the investment,10,We transfer DXF and DWG drawings to our BobCad Cam software and to our Hypertherm Nesting program seamlessly. We have two Hypertherm High Definition Plasma Cutting machines that read the DXF files produced by DraftSight.,Too many to name,Easy operation and less errors,The best way for my organization.This software is used across the whole organization only as a viewer except in my department in which it is used by design for mechanical and electrical drawings. The only problem is people are afraid to use it because it is a new method in front of AutoCAD.,Fast Friendly Little memory Versatility in any version of CAD drawings Easy to use an learn It is excellent,I have no found room for improvement.,10,Positive impact because it improves our operations. Positive impact because it saves money in our operations.,10,No, in any form.,Little memory on our laptops because our equipment is not for engineering applications.,We Works in activities for maintaining the operations of our companies in front of the Audit process of our infrastructure. One of the requisites is the electrical drawings and the disposition of the HVAC system in the facility and have only a few hours to complete and deliver. Draftsight is fast and versatile for this.,AutoCAD and Revit,Revit, AutoCAD,6,Love the return on investment very powerful tool suiteWe utilize this in our digital crowd suite. It is one of over 50 applicant offers. This helps digital engineering teams with all 2D drafting need. Also, reproducing, reverse engineering historical technical data package artifacts.,Architectural and site layouts 2D dimensional mechanical, electrical Faster to DXF, DWG manual conversion Reverse engineering or reproduction of historical technical drawings AutoCAD replacement Layering 2D/3D drawings,Rastar to dxf automated conversion. Bill of material creation. Better unit conversion scale should have an inch to millimeter, feet to metric, mile to kilometer, inch to centimeter converters and all need to go both ways. Better file management capabilities. Locking file, making read-only. Audit logging. Digital signing. Intelligent property, Copyright and patenting statements/protection for illustration. Org file storage. Microfiche export.,10,The low upfront cost is great ROI for small to large project Easy and low training costs 3D production of data is more difficult,1,I have written macro, programs and created specific templates to improve the experience for our user. And collaborated with more then 20 to improve experience,Scaling unitless drawings to 1 to 1 scale. Layering, dimensioning, attributes, titleblock creation,It greatly increased thru put in most areas. Limited it in parametric modeling or 3D modeling,AutoCAD,PTC Creo, Siemens Solid EdgeWorks Perfect for Our UseIt's a CAD program we use when we are not linked to our network. It easily opens other consultants drawings for us to view without going into a different program.,Conversion from other disciplines drawings. Ease of use. Compatibility with other programs.,Lags/slow. Outdated, but familiar. No smart objects.,9,Worth the price. Easy to manage. Easy to distribute to users.,10,We use cloud-based organizing programs that help us manage projects.,Ease of conversions.,It's easier for us to use this instead of opening our BIM modeling program to see a consultant's drawings.,DraftSight Converts Files for Cad CamCreating and converting 2D into symbols for Solidworks Electrical and cad files for precreation of 3D Models. I use it extensively for creating cad files for cad Cam also. I Use it for cad /cam training and part creation for Mentoring Students for the First.org Robotics team.,Simple to use Easy basic tools Converting Fonts to Vectors Good integration into SolidWorks,Being free makes it easy to obtain and install, when it becomes a paid for product, it will be difficult to obtain CNC Gcode generation does not work well More file formats for import and export,10,Saves time because of quick learning curve Easy to start and get out of saving more time Great for basic layouts and diagrams for concepts from floor plans to complicated manufacturing processes,8,Use it with Solidworks electrical and other cad systems for a quicker easier way to generate 2D samples and part models. Use it with SolidWorks and other cad cam systems to do pre-design work to speed up process development.,Vector conversion of Fonts. Importing and exporting in a variety of file formats.,Simple basic tools don't get in the way of creating what you need. DraftSight has that figured out. Getting predesign concepts started in DraftSight makes things go quicker.,Fusion 360, TurboCAD and AutoCAD,Fusion 360, AutoCADDraftSight reviewWe use DraftSight for 2D drafting on most of our projects in conjunction with Solidworks. We use it to design our plasma cutting machines and document services schematics etc. Draftsight give us access to all our legacy data. Thousands of drawings, from old design software, which we import in DXF and then manipulate as required. We often use Draftsight to assist with the basic layout of new projects, and then use Solidworks to create all the components and fine detail. We also recommend it to many of our customers for drawing 2D components to import into the CAM package for profile cutting. This software offers all the tools needed for us to design machinery and is relatively easy to use. We only have one issue that lets the system down. The file manager often fails to read the hard disc, and causes the software to crash. Other than this frustrating problem, it's all good.,Cost-effective. Simple to use.,We only have one issue that lets the system down. The file manager often fails to read the hard disc, and causes the software to crash. Other than this frustrating problem, it's all good.,9,Excellent return on investment.,10,We use it in conjunction with Solidworks.,DXF importing of old legacy drawings, and their manipulation.,,AutoCADDraftSight ReviewI use DraftSight on my desktop to open drawings that I download from various internet sites. Sometimes I print out the drawing, other times I copy it over to my AutoCAD PC which is not connected to the internet. I'm the only user. I don't want our drawings on an Internet PC due to hacking our valuable products. With DraftSight, I can open about any format drawing. It's just a friendly, useful tool.,Open up SOLIDWORKS and other formats. On my AutoCAD PC I use an older version. Getting dimensions out is easy.,I don't use it enough to critique it. Overall, my use has been a positive experience.,8,I can't identify any particular impact, but it does allow me more time to peruse other things.,5,Connecting it with SOLIDWORKS.,Opening a wide array of files.,Detailed drawings (mechanical) can be "picked" off of memory sticks or DVDs and printed out using DraftSight.,,AutoCADThe best dang drafting software available for the price!Hello! First off, I love the product. After nearly 30 years of CAD work, I feel it is the most complete package for the price. It has every function I have ever needed, and there was zero learning curve. I produced drawings the day I installed it. Currently, we are using 3 copies. All 3 are the Pro version. We operate from multiple locations and utilize a cloud base server for ease of access. I am able to produce drawings in Omaha, Nebraska, and our Fabrication guys are able to access the drawings in New Orleans, Louisiana. In addition, our Techs have access to the drawings when on site with a customer anywhere in the world. I've even convinced many customers and vendors to install the software to make communication with the drawings much easier.,An excellent, complete package 2D software, with 3D viewing capabilities. The extra tools included in the Pro Version make it well worth the cost! It's extremely easy to understand and utilize right away. Experienced CAD users will have no issues producing accurate drawings immediately. 100% compatible with industry standard drawing file types. We've had no issues at all with interpreting drawings produced by other well-known software platforms.,I haven't found any shortcomings, to be honest. The BOM auto-generation function works well, but cannot be customized, so I don't use it. I have had some issues when inserting a PDF file or image into a drawing that shows on the print preview, but doesn't actually print on paper. When inserting a PDF file into a drawing, if you zoom in, you can't zoom in on the PDF image itself...it remains the same size at all times.,10,For $300 annually, it's easily the most effective yearly purchase we make! By having access to free downloads and demos, it allows us to offer Customers an option to try the software with the intent to buy at some point to review our drawings more easily. This is a much more efficient and accurate solution than simply sending PDF files to Customers!,10,No, at this time, we are using it as a stand-alone product, other than email, PDF file generation, and direct links to our cloud server for storage/retrieval purposes.,I like the bubbles included in the Pro version! For the first few days, I was using the free demo version and had to draw my own bubbles lol. I like the tools that come with the Pro version, including auto-generated hardware details! It's a very nice feature loaded with lots of great tools!,Drawing production has been seamless since the day we installed the software. It's easy to use for all Engineering functions, and drafting design definitely has never been a bottleneck for us!,,Microsoft Office 365, QuickBooks Enterprise SolutionsGood 2D Drafting CapabilitiesWe currently use SOLIDWORKS as our main CAD platform. Draftsight is a valuable addition as it works seamlessly in the 2D world complimenting the 3D capabilities of our base cad software. Draftsight is a fully functional 2D cad program. Price point is a great for a software program with this much usability. I highly recommend Draftsight.,Dwg editing Colored layers Emulates Autocad,Text editing,8,Draftsight is a great place to start for employees wanting to learn CAD. The ability to directly open dwg or dxf files sent in by customers reduces time required when converting to other formats. Direct viewing of dwg and dxf files allows discussion with customers without this conversion.,6,I have not tried this.,Direct opening of dwg and dxf files.,Again, direct opening of dwg and dxf files.,SOLIDWORKSTheory of a casual user!We use Draftsight for basic tasks like to draw a light drawing or just for consultations.,It is very simple to understand and use. The display can be easily customized.,For me, it is very well complete.,10,Overall it has been positive.,10,No,Nothing very special, just the software itself.,In our case, it is not very useful because it never slows down the project's process.,Amazing easy CAD both for the novice and proI use DraftSight to create component and assembly drawings for new products. I am currently the only user but will soon be adding a couple more engineering staff. The best thing about DraftSight is that it reduces initial company start up costs. Not all startups can afford to pay top dollar for full capability CAD software.,2 D drafting is amazing because it is simple to use The graphics are as good as full CAD software with less complications The program starts and runs faster that traditional CAD software,Resolution on large drawings is just acceptable Inserting external images is a little vague,10,Got us going on making components for the new products Saved us money from having to buy full version of CAD Helped us make quick mods in response to vendor requests,10,No,2D drafting,yes.,,AutoCADAn economical alternate to AutocaddI use Draftsight to design equipment that is used by the company that I do consulting with. These are mechanical parts and assemblies.,DraftSight is easy to use if you are familiar with Autocad but a lot less expensive. If you are using DraftSight professional the hardware catalog and other drawings are easy to insert in the drawing you are working on. It is easy to create a bill of materials once an assembly is created. Drawings are easy to create with dimensions in standard form.,An easier startup menu for set up drawing defaults would be nice.,9,The cost of DraftSight is significantly less that Autocad and has most of that software functionality.,7,No,The catalog of hardware is a great aid for putting together an assembly drawing.,By allowing easier development of assembly drawings and bill of materials, a shorter time is required to produce production drawings.,,TurboCADDraftSight, hey it's free.Free and worth the price. I've used DraftSight for side work on and off, and on occasions where AutoCAD was needed and not available. It's close enough and does basic editing of 2D dwg files in model space or paper space. It'll take some time to poke around and find what you're looking for. It's good that many AutoCAD commands are aliased at the command line so you don't have to find the button or remember what the DraftSight name for the command is, you can just type 'stretch' and you'll get what you need.,When you don't have autocad and you need it, DraftSight is free and you can download it. One time a guy at work asked me for a basic .dwg editor and I was like, no problem guy, download DraftSight and you're good! One time we brought a temp on at work and didn't have another copy of AutoCAD, so we set him up with DraftSight and it worked out.,Adding text to dimensions could be better. Stability could be better.,7,It's free, so the investment is pretty minimal if you're not paying the drafters. If you're paying AutoCAD drafters to figure it out and scratch their heads, just pay for AutoCAD LT instead.,5,I haven't had the need to. I'll use it to generate 2D vector drawings, which are useful to other programs. The legacy product that we are working with can save to the industry standard .dwg format, which will allow migration to DraftSight or other drafting programs that support the format.,It's free, and useful on occasions where you need something adequate and don't want to or aren't able to convince someone to buy something. DraftSight pro does include CAD libraries, PDF underlay, macro recording and automation features, but I haven't used them. If an organization were to use the pro it is $149/seat, so it's cheap and adequate.,As mentioned, in a pinch you can add a seat of CAD capability without having to convince someone to buy something. This has been the primary benefit.,,SOLIDWORKS, Autodesk InventorDraftSight loads SLOWUsed to draw 2D aircraft instrument panels and sheet metal parts,I do not believe that DraftSight does anything particularly well,We do not do subscriptions! We produce a product with which we supply a CAD product. We recommended DraftSight as an option. We actively discourage DraftSight now that you have gone to subscription only,1,none,3,no,no increase in productivity,Great value, even with few bugsI am the sole user in our company. I am using DraftSight for design-build drawing where I show the locations of lighting and electrical components for projects. I also use it to design underground conduit and electrical panel locations for projects.,Very similar to AutoCAD Professional is a very powerful program Power trim is great for cleaning up drawings,There should be technical support for all users. It is very frustrating to have failures occur over and over with no help. Training videos could be more detailed. Image Tracer is a nice addition, but I have not been able to figure it out.,8,For the price, DraftSight is every bit as powerful as AutoCAD,8,N/A,Image Tracer is the best advancement I've seen since using DraftSight. I have several projects I can't get CAD drawings for, so I am stuck with using a PDF editor.,As I have said before, Image Tracer is a great time saver over PDF editing, if I could only figure out how to use it.,AutoCAD,Adobe Acrobat DC
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Using DraftSight in chemical engineering

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I use DraftSight extensively in designing the entire emission control system for customer manufacturing processes. The design includes a General Arrangement (GA) plan and elevation layouts, details of components, sectional views of process equipment, and Piping and Instrumentation Diagrams (P&ID). I export the detailed design drawings, typically as .dwg files, to customers and construction contractors for installation of equipment. It would be a challenge to work with both customer engineers and their construction crews without DraftSight, which greatly facilitates my work.
  • 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.
  • It would be more efficient to have direct access to Help Support, although the Help feature and Forum can often answer questions.
  • For instrumentation, an embedded symbol library would be valuable. I currently have to create my own library.
  • For layouts, an embedded equipment symbol library (for example, pumps, motors) would be helpful.
The program is well suited to quickly creating detailed design drawings to scale. Because of its functionality, a smaller entity or individual designer can start with a clean slate and develop numerous arrangement and associated design drawings, export them to colleagues, receive revision requests, and implement revisions for additional review. It is less well suited, however, to provide accessible symbols and block components which can be scaled.
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July 10, 2019

DraftSight: good at sharing with others

Score 8 out of 10
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I use the 2D version of DraftSight to open and work with building drawings in DWG format. It is very helpful in working with drawings sent to me by others. Our company consists of only two people and I am the only one currently using DaftSight, so you could say 50% of our company uses the product.
  • Handles DWG files very well.
  • It is a robust program and handles large files better than some other similar programs I've used.
  • It is more responsive than other similar programs I've used.
  • I like the two-key and multilple-key command structure. It is intuitive.
  • It has some great tools for drawing bolts and other types of fasteners.
  • Recognizes and uses 3D Connexion controller.
  • Interface could be optimized to provide more screen space for drawings.
  • Zooming in and out using the mouse wheel could be improved.
  • Inserting viewports and setting them up could be made easier and more intuitive
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.
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July 09, 2019

An Amazing Productivity Product for Our Business

Score 10 out of 10
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We use DraftSight to drawing diagrams, make model markups, made model drawings & models are then turned into production drawings. Also used for tracing images for our CNC machines and Laser cutting machines.
  • Very accurate Modelling Drawings
  • Very accurate Production Drawings
  • Very accurate Tracing and G-Code Generation for CNC Machines
  • Very accurate Tracing and G-Code Generation for Laser Cutters
  • DraftSight how to videos for 2019 product are really needed!
Extremely well suited and extremely easy to use for modelling, production , tracing drawings as well as highly accurate CNC and Laser Cutter G-Code.
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July 09, 2019

Great price point with features that enhance productivity. Takes a bit of time to master all the benefits.

Score 9 out of 10
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We use DraftSight to map out the rooms with dimensions for our clients so that we are able to decide what pieces will work best and create ultimate flow and functionality. Previously we used AutoCAD and find that DraftSight is just as easy to use, but more affordable. We do not offer 3-D renderings but our 2-D drawings in DraftSight are clear and easy to read by our clients.
  • The shortcuts are easy to learn and help with efficiency.
  • We like switching between colors to highlight the various components of each drawing.
  • The snap feature is helpful to create exact joints.
  • We have not been able to find out how to rotate the elevations in view ports.
  • Setting dimension and text preferences is somewhat cumbersome.
We love the ease of creating a drawing. We have a bit more difficulty with rotating the elevations to read right-side-up.
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July 09, 2019

Gets the job done

Score 9 out of 10
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Allied Stainless mostly uses DraftSight to edit DXF files for clean up before sending to CNC laser software for cutting. We also use it for viewing floorplans, and equipment schedules for food service designs. We like it because it gets the job done and costs much less than the competitor's equivalent product. We would recommend it to anyone who needs to edit or view DWG or DXF files.
  • Quick trim is great
  • Layers is easier to use than AutoCAD
  • Pretty stable, have had very few crashes
  • 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.
There doesn't seem to be any time that it would not do you just fine. Unless you needed 3D.
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July 09, 2019

The best CAD software on the market. A must have!

Score 10 out of 10
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I design conveyor systems for customers. Build in 5 year growth for future needs. Customer needs and ease of maintenance is a major focal point. Reliable systems and similar drive units always the facilities department to have spare parts for all conveyor unitswith limited inventory. Off the shelf are chose without specialized parts.
  • DraftSight is easy to use.
  • Able to import AutoCAD files
  • Save as .dwg files
  • Send files to others using different AutoCAD formats
  • I am very happy with the present functionality of the software.
I have been able to design, fabricate and install systems using 2D DraftSight.
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July 09, 2019

Draftsight fits small companies design needs

Score 10 out of 10
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Being a one-man design service, I use DraftSight to design Low Voltage to the architect's plans for installation. I also use DraftSight to design special fixtures that may be required to hold a touch screen panel or a box to protect some special electronic application.
  • I am able to take any DWG file and add another layer which comprises all of the Low Voltage requirements.
  • Very easy to use
  • Excellent Support
  • Much less expensive than other CAD Softwares.
  • Possibly a better layout for layers, so you can change the colors for clarity on the plans.
Aside from being a great program for my type of work, it is affordable and easy for me to produce professional results. All my CAD files are converted to PDF's for my clients. DraftSight does this very well.
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June 21, 2019

DraftSight rocks!

Score 10 out of 10
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I and my employees use DraftSight. It is able to save .dwg files in several AutoCAD versions, which if you are an older AutoCAD user, you cannot save to more current versions or have modern AutoCAD files read by older AutoCAD programs. It allows a very reasonable cost for very effective software, without AutoDesk getting all in my business.
  • Very dependable, stable
  • Patterns work very well
  • Many ways to copy and move, very quickly
  • Improvements in software over time
  • I do not think all of the functionality is covered in the Help menu
  • The terms used in the Help menu and options menu are overwhelming, some hyperlinked explanation would be helpful
  • The options menu is very difficult, finding a control of a particular aspect of the program is looking for a needle in a haystack, I have worked with this for ten years and still don't know the logic and hierarchy.
  • The text editors have been changed over the years and I still don't like the setup. Currently, when I edit, it blows up so I cannot see the entire stream of text.
DraftSight is the best for 2D drafting. It's not bloated, but not deficient in any way.
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August 16, 2019

Fits my business perfectly.

Score 10 out of 10
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I use DraftSight primarily to make manufacturing drawings of spare parts, layouts, and other design assignments as well.
  • Drawing of spare parts. Easy to design an ideal production drawing.
  • Drawing of layouts. Rarely requested in solid modeled version (3D).
  • Drawings can be customized for the customer and designed to be read by a human eye. Dimensions and positions of dimensions in different views can be divided according to how the (paper) drawing is supposed to be read.
  • I would like to define its own paper sizes permanently in PDF-EXPORT - PAPER SIZE to grind typing in Custom format when using e.g. A01 format (landscape 1189x594 mm).
  • Save as PDF feature. Every time I use the feature, I have to choose the paper size from a long list, many of which are completely irrelevant. In addition, "Margins" are always checked, and must be ticked off each time. Similarly, "Use print style table" must be checked in each time. This is time-consuming and I would like to set default settings in these menus for my respective drawing template.
  • 2D G-code Generator - In the CAM function, it should be possible to convert text to outline. Delivering ISO code for simpler text engraving should work well with the built-in CAM feature. But for this to be smoother, it should be possible to convert pre-written text to outline. This feature is available in AlphaCam, among others.
  • It should be possible to set the tolerance position "middle" as the default setting.
  • Dimensioning, degrees. Trailing zeros should also apply to deg / min / sec.
  • The parenting function is only in the dialog, not among the properties.
  • Parameter definition for threaded holes would be useful.
  • Screws and nuts should be created using parameter control (key width & height), and the current selection is somewhat limited. The selection of screws and washers is also somewhat limited today. For example, spring washers (FBB) are completely missing.
  • Lockable function for "Snap-To". As it is now, you have to activate it every time. This is usually good, but sometimes you want to be able to lock the function.
  • Measuring function & measuring angle. As it is today, only length measurements and area can be measured with the help of "tape measures". Angle measurements can only be measured by setting a dimension.
  • The ortho function does not work as consistently as would be desirable. If you activate ortho, you want the system to consistently move unobstructed, and draw lines in a straight X / Y plane. This does not happen because of the attachment-to-function functions. This makes the ortho function useless.
  • HATCH - If you are moving lines, you would like the cut mark to follow, for example, by activating the update/rewrite function.
  • It should be possible to import .stp files into DraftSight
DraftSight is good for layouts, workshop drawing for a human eye, and for archival proof drawings. It is also good for making manufacturing drawings for simpler components and spare parts for machines.

It is not good for simulations, 3D printing, or complex, double-curved geometries.
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July 17, 2019

Notes from an AutoCAD convert

Score 10 out of 10
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It is used by an individual to open, view and edit .dwg files. We also use AutoCAD, and we find that the two products work well together.
  • Editing CAD drawings in .dwg format
  • Attaching reference files, such as PDF's, as background, and drawing over them
  • Printing in a variety of formats
  • Easy-to-use, intuitive interface
  • I use DraftSight at work and at home, on different computers. I find that somehow the editor settings are different, and I haven't been able to determine what settings I need to change. For example, on one machine, I am able to select multiple drawing objects by clicking on them. On the other machine, I have to use shift-click or else it just selects the last one.
  • Scaling drawings into standard hard-copy formats, such as A, B, C, D size paper, and inserting a border with title block, could be made easier.
  • I find myself resizing the dimension text, spacing, arrowhead size, etc. each time I start a new drawing so that the dimensions are appropriately sized for that drawing. I go into the drafting properties and individually edit each parameter. I'd like an easier way to do this.
It is quite well suited for editing CAD drawings in .dwg format. Although there are some differences in the user interface, I find that I'm able to switch back and forth between the DraftSight and AutoCAD with ease.
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July 09, 2019

No Regrets

Score 10 out of 10
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We use DraftSight in conjunction with our Cad Cam Program for work on a CNC machining center, design and creation of new products, and it is used by our sales personnel for verification of dimensions of different products in order to get the proper items to the customer. Great program, I like it better than the competition. Been working with CAD programs since Auto CAD came out with Version 12 for DOS and I find DraftSight more user-friendly with more features.
  • Universal compatibility with other programs
  • Ability to insert parts from individual manufactures
  • The tool box feature is a definite plus
  • It has minor problems when saving drawings - Crashes if you initiate certain commands while program is saving a drawing
All 2D drawings in both DWF and DXF formats
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July 08, 2019

The best way for my organization.

Score 10 out of 10
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This software is used across the whole organization only as a viewer except in my department in which it is used by design for mechanical and electrical drawings. The only problem is people are afraid to use it because it is a new method in front of AutoCAD.
  • Fast
  • Friendly
  • Little memory
  • Versatility in any version of CAD drawings
  • Easy to use an learn
  • It is excellent
  • I have no found room for improvement.
Probably it's connectivity with 3D drawings is its unique disadvantage compared with AutoCAD.
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July 08, 2019

Love the return on investment very powerful tool suite

Score 10 out of 10
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We utilize this in our digital crowd suite. It is one of over 50 applicant offers. This helps digital engineering teams with all 2D drafting need. Also, reproducing, reverse engineering historical technical data package artifacts.
  • Architectural and site layouts
  • 2D dimensional mechanical, electrical
  • Faster to DXF, DWG manual conversion
  • Reverse engineering or reproduction of historical technical drawings
  • AutoCAD replacement
  • Layering 2D/3D drawings
  • Rastar to dxf automated conversion.
  • Bill of material creation.
  • Better unit conversion scale should have an inch to millimeter, feet to metric, mile to kilometer, inch to centimeter converters and all need to go both ways.
  • Better file management capabilities.
  • Locking file, making read-only.
  • Audit logging.
  • Digital signing.
  • Intelligent property, Copyright and patenting statements/protection for illustration.
  • Org file storage.
  • Microfiche export.
It is suited for all 2D design, GIS, civil engineering, mechanical engineering, schematic work. Electrical layouts, hydraulic layouts.
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June 26, 2019

Works Perfect for Our Use

Score 9 out of 10
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It's a CAD program we use when we are not linked to our network. It easily opens other consultants drawings for us to view without going into a different program.
  • Conversion from other disciplines drawings.
  • Ease of use.
  • Compatibility with other programs.
  • Lags/slow.
  • Outdated, but familiar.
  • No smart objects.
For our use case, it is great. It is too simple for us to use for our actual work, we use a BIM program for that.
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June 21, 2019

DraftSight Converts Files for Cad Cam

Score 10 out of 10
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Creating and converting 2D into symbols for Solidworks Electrical and cad files for precreation of 3D Models. I use it extensively for creating cad files for cad Cam also. I Use it for cad /cam training and part creation for Mentoring Students for the First.org Robotics team.
  • Simple to use
  • Easy basic tools
  • Converting Fonts to Vectors
  • Good integration into SolidWorks
  • Being free makes it easy to obtain and install, when it becomes a paid for product, it will be difficult to obtain
  • CNC Gcode generation does not work well
  • More file formats for import and export
It is great for 2D generation of Symbols, part fabrication for 2D CNC machines such as plasma, waterjet, and laser cutters. It works great for floor plans and diagrams. I could be better for making signs and labels if it dealt with graphic images and filling objects and text. It lacks 3D tools that are easy to use.
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June 20, 2019

DraftSight review

Score 9 out of 10
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We use DraftSight for 2D drafting on most of our projects in conjunction with Solidworks. We use it to design our plasma cutting machines and document services schematics etc. Draftsight give us access to all our legacy data. Thousands of drawings, from old design software, which we import in DXF and then manipulate as required. We often use Draftsight to assist with the basic layout of new projects, and then use Solidworks to create all the components and fine detail. We also recommend it to many of our customers for drawing 2D components to import into the CAM package for profile cutting. This software offers all the tools needed for us to design machinery and is relatively easy to use. We only have one issue that lets the system down. The file manager often fails to read the hard disc, and causes the software to crash. Other than this frustrating problem, it's all good.
  • Cost-effective.
  • Simple to use.
  • We only have one issue that lets the system down. The file manager often fails to read the hard disc, and causes the software to crash. Other than this frustrating problem, it's all good.
DraftSight is great for schematics and all kinds of detail work, however, these days 3D drawings and renders are often required and not best suited to this software.
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June 20, 2019

DraftSight Review

Score 8 out of 10
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I use DraftSight on my desktop to open drawings that I download from various internet sites. Sometimes I print out the drawing, other times I copy it over to my AutoCAD PC which is not connected to the internet. I'm the only user. I don't want our drawings on an Internet PC due to hacking our valuable products. With DraftSight, I can open about any format drawing. It's just a friendly, useful tool.
  • Open up SOLIDWORKS and other formats. On my AutoCAD PC I use an older version.
  • Getting dimensions out is easy.
  • I don't use it enough to critique it.
  • Overall, my use has been a positive experience.
In my circumstance, where I have a special, non-internet PC for my new design, modifications or just printout, a CAD software like Draftsight is just right.
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June 19, 2019

The best dang drafting software available for the price!

Score 10 out of 10
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Hello! First off, I love the product. After nearly 30 years of CAD work, I feel it is the most complete package for the price. It has every function I have ever needed, and there was zero learning curve. I produced drawings the day I installed it.
Currently, we are using 3 copies. All 3 are the Pro version. We operate from multiple locations and utilize a cloud base server for ease of access. I am able to produce drawings in Omaha, Nebraska, and our Fabrication guys are able to access the drawings in New Orleans, Louisiana. In addition, our Techs have access to the drawings when on site with a customer anywhere in the world. I've even convinced many customers and vendors to install the software to make communication with the drawings much easier.
  • An excellent, complete package 2D software, with 3D viewing capabilities.
  • The extra tools included in the Pro Version make it well worth the cost!
  • It's extremely easy to understand and utilize right away. Experienced CAD users will have no issues producing accurate drawings immediately.
  • 100% compatible with industry standard drawing file types. We've had no issues at all with interpreting drawings produced by other well-known software platforms.
  • I haven't found any shortcomings, to be honest. The BOM auto-generation function works well, but cannot be customized, so I don't use it.
  • I have had some issues when inserting a PDF file or image into a drawing that shows on the print preview, but doesn't actually print on paper.
  • When inserting a PDF file into a drawing, if you zoom in, you can't zoom in on the PDF image itself...it remains the same size at all times.
It is perfectly suited for machine design, fabrication, and assembly functions within any company. I understand that it is limited when it comes to 3D modeling, but it's not intended to be used as a 3D software package. For every day, efficient, 2D drafting, this software works flawlessly!
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August 23, 2019

Good 2D Drafting Capabilities

Score 8 out of 10
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We currently use SOLIDWORKS as our main CAD platform. Draftsight is a valuable addition as it works seamlessly in the 2D world complimenting the 3D capabilities of our base cad software. Draftsight is a fully functional 2D cad program. Price point is a great for a software program with this much usability. I highly recommend Draftsight.
  • Dwg editing
  • Colored layers
  • Emulates Autocad
  • Text editing
Draftsight is well suited for modeling 2D parts for water jet, wire edm, etc. Fast and efficient in the 2D arena. A more robust cad program is required for 3D modeling.
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August 21, 2019

Theory of a casual user!

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We use Draftsight for basic tasks like to draw a light drawing or just for consultations.
  • It is very simple to understand and use.
  • The display can be easily customized.
  • For me, it is very well complete.
Everything fills my needs! I have nothing to change in this software. It works just like I need it to.
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August 02, 2019

Amazing easy CAD both for the novice and pro

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I use DraftSight to create component and assembly drawings for new products. I am currently the only user but will soon be adding a couple more engineering staff. The best thing about DraftSight is that it reduces initial company start up costs. Not all startups can afford to pay top dollar for full capability CAD software.
  • 2 D drafting is amazing because it is simple to use
  • The graphics are as good as full CAD software with less complications
  • The program starts and runs faster that traditional CAD software
  • Resolution on large drawings is just acceptable
  • Inserting external images is a little vague
  • Excellent for small parts and assemblies
  • Difficult to import symbols
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July 01, 2019

An economical alternate to Autocadd

Score 9 out of 10
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I use Draftsight to design equipment that is used by the company that I do consulting with. These are mechanical parts and assemblies.
  • DraftSight is easy to use if you are familiar with Autocad but a lot less expensive.
  • If you are using DraftSight professional the hardware catalog and other drawings are easy to insert in the drawing you are working on.
  • It is easy to create a bill of materials once an assembly is created.
  • Drawings are easy to create with dimensions in standard form.
  • An easier startup menu for set up drawing defaults would be nice.
Once the drawing is created it is easy to create an assembly drawing and a BOM.
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March 02, 2019

DraftSight, hey it's free.

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Free and worth the price. I've used DraftSight for side work on and off, and on occasions where AutoCAD was needed and not available. It's close enough and does basic editing of 2D dwg files in model space or paper space. It'll take some time to poke around and find what you're looking for. It's good that many AutoCAD commands are aliased at the command line so you don't have to find the button or remember what the DraftSight name for the command is, you can just type 'stretch' and you'll get what you need.
  • When you don't have autocad and you need it, DraftSight is free and you can download it.
  • One time a guy at work asked me for a basic .dwg editor and I was like, no problem guy, download DraftSight and you're good!
  • One time we brought a temp on at work and didn't have another copy of AutoCAD, so we set him up with DraftSight and it worked out.
  • Adding text to dimensions could be better.
  • Stability could be better.
If you don't have $40 to spend for a 1-month license of AutoCAD LT or can't get the expense authorized, Draftsight will do fine. If you don't meet the system requirements for AutoCAD LT, it's great.
If you do have $40/month or $390/year for AutoCAD LT and meet system requirements for it, AutoCAD LT is the much better choice.
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June 21, 2019

DraftSight loads SLOW

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Used to draw 2D aircraft instrument panels and sheet metal parts
  • I do not believe that DraftSight does anything particularly well
  • We do not do subscriptions!
  • We produce a product with which we supply a CAD product. We recommended DraftSight as an option. We actively discourage DraftSight now that you have gone to subscription only
We dont do subscriptions! If I want to pay for a new version with new features then so be it, but I dont want to keep paying for something I have already payed for.
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June 20, 2019

Great value, even with few bugs

Score 8 out of 10
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I am the sole user in our company. I am using DraftSight for design-build drawing where I show the locations of lighting and electrical components for projects. I also use it to design underground conduit and electrical panel locations for projects.
  • Very similar to AutoCAD
  • Professional is a very powerful program
  • Power trim is great for cleaning up drawings
  • There should be technical support for all users. It is very frustrating to have failures occur over and over with no help.
  • Training videos could be more detailed.
  • Image Tracer is a nice addition, but I have not been able to figure it out.
It is well suited for any 2D drawing.
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DraftSight Scorecard Summary

About DraftSight

DraftSight is a feature-rich 2D and 3D CAD solution for architects, engineers and construction service providers, as well as professional CAD users, designers, educators and hobbyists. DraftSight lets users create, edit, view, and markup any kind of 2D and 3D DWG file with greater ease, speed, and efficiency. According to the vendor, its familiar user interface facilitates a quick transition from other CAD applications.

DraftSight Offerings:
  • DraftSight Standard: the essential 2D CAD drafting solution with a familiar user interface and fundamental 2D drawing tools. Ideal for individuals, students, educators and hobbyists.
  • DraftSight Professional: the advanced 2D CAD drafting solution with powerful, time-saving functionalities and an API to help bring designs to life quickly and easily. Ideal for companies, individuals and designers.
  • DraftSight Premium (3D): the robust 2D drafting and 3D design experience with full 3D capabilities and constraints features to help meet your drafting, modeling, prototyping, manufacturing, laser cutting and 3D printing needs. Created for individuals, designers, companies, manufacturers and makers.
  • DraftSight Enterprise and Enterprise Plus: the comprehensive 2D drafting and 3D design solution created to meet various drafting, modeling, prototyping, manufacturing, laser cutting, and 3D printing requirements. Designed for large organizations with many users or multiple sites.

DraftSight Features

Has featureImage Tracer
Has featureHomeByMe Integration
Has featurePower Trim

DraftSight Screenshots

DraftSight Videos (2)

DraftSight Downloadables

DraftSight Integrations

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

DraftSight Competitors

SketchUp, TurboCAD, AutoCAD LT

Pricing

Has featureFree Trial Available?Yes
Does not have featureFree or Freemium Version Available?No
Does not have featurePremium Consulting/Integration Services Available?No
Entry-level set up fee?No
EditionPricing DetailsTerms
DraftSight Standard$99per year
DraftSight Professional$199per year
DraftSight Premium (3D)$499per year

DraftSight Standard, Professional, and Premium are available to purchase online directly. DraftSight Enterprise and Enterprise Plus are available to purchase through your local reseller.

DraftSight Support Options

 Free VersionPaid Version
Forum/Community
FAQ/Knowledgebase
Social Media
Video Tutorials / Webinar
Phone
Email

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