DraftSight, a great lower cost alternative to AutoCAD.
Updated January 28, 2020

DraftSight, a great lower cost alternative to AutoCAD.

Sean Nutley | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with DraftSight

We use DraftSight as our primary 2D CAD system and we have 12 users.


  • The Toolbox feature is very useful. Adding in fasteners, weld symbols and machine finish symbols make things much easier.
  • The Annotative scale option is very helpful keeping track of things.
  • The fact that this is very similar to AutoCAD is very helpful. I was only trained in AutoCAD and was able to pickup DraftSight immediately.


  • I have unexpected crashes in many different situations.
  • Some of the program's behaviour is unexpected when a feature should be available.
  • The licensing system has been a problem.
  • It has given many users the ability to do drafting because of the low cost.
  • It keeps us up to date so we can open 2019 versions of drawings and be able to save them/have backwards compatibility.
  • The licencing has slowed us down when it comes time to renew.
DraftSight is a direct comparison with AutoCAD. The differences between the two are finite.
It is great for Mechanical Design/Engineering, heavy-duty equipment, and mill layout work. I can't see it being useful in interior design where finished rendered images are required.


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