DraftSight: good at sharing with others
Updated November 22, 2023

DraftSight: good at sharing with others

Scott Gold | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Overall Satisfaction with DraftSight

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
  • Working directly with dwg files
  • A UI that is intuitive
  • Works well on average computers
  • 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.
I have used the following CAD programs: VisualCADD, AutoCAD, TurboCAD, SolidEdge 2D, and DesignCAD. I have tried a few others that I didn't like. For me, drawing from scratch, the most efficient program is VisualCADD. No other CAD program I've tried so far have matched it. DraftSight comes in second. In terms of performance versus cost.

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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.

Using DraftSight

1 - DraftSight is a CAD program I used to open and work with AutoCAD drawings provided to me by my clients. I also use it for day to day drafting work, especially drawing details.
The company I work for is very small, and as such we do not have dedicated support people for any software we use. To date, there has not been a need for such people to support DraftSight. It has been working well on the computers I use, and I haven't run into any major problems with it.
  • Importing DWG files given to us
  • Adding to and modifying background DWG files for use in our design work
  • Creating new details that can be sent to clients for them to open and use
  • Being able to afford enough copies to put on a laptop as well as desktops
  • Possible migration to 3D drawings
It is very useful and affordable

Evaluating DraftSight and Competitors

Yes - I use it now more than I use TurboCAD because it directly works with dwg files without conversion and it handles the files better.
  • Price
  • Product Features
I am happy with the process. I wouldn't change it.

DraftSight Implementation

Take time to get used to where commands are and how the interface can be customized to suit your needs and work style. The keyboard commands are very helpful and can make work more efficient if time is taken to learn them.
Change management was minimal - Change management was not a factor in implementing DraftSight with our workflow.
  • Just getting used to the difference in the interface compared to other programs

Using DraftSight

It is easy to use compared to most other CAD programs I've used, though not as usable as VisualCADD. I compare it to TurboCAD, DesignCAD, and SolidEdge 2D.
Like to use
Relatively simple
Easy to use
Technical support not required
Well integrated
Quick to learn
Feel confident using
  • Adding information to drawings
  • Controlling layer visibility and properties
  • Hatching

Integrating DraftSight

Very easy integration with DWG file programs
  • TurboCAD
  • VisualCADD
  • AutoCAD
Easy due to interoperability with DWG drawings.
  • File import/export
For AutoCAD users looking for economical alternatives, I recommend giving it a try.