DraftSight is an economical AutoCAD alternative
June 29, 2020

DraftSight is an economical AutoCAD alternative

Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with DraftSight

We use DraftSight for 2D drawings to design and build products. We use the drawings for assemblies, as well as breaking out individual parts for machining and laser cutting.
  • 2D drawings saved in .dwg and .dxf format
  • Opening .dwg and .dxf files, even from competing programs like AutoCAD
  • Copies most of the features from AutoCAD so moving from one to another is easy.
  • Files sometimes become corrupt while open, so you cannot save your drawing.
  • The Home panel pops up every single time you open the program. It provides you with details on how to purchase DraftSight, even if you already have.
  • Little quirks seem to come and go randomly. For example, panning using the scroll wheel sometimes locks, so releasing the scroll wheel does not end the pan function.
  • For $100 for a year of the standard license, it's very economical.
  • A 2D drawing program is required for our manufacturing shop.
DraftSight is very similar to AutoCAD, so any knowledge or experience will easily transfer between the two. Free programs like FreeCAD are very different from DraftSight and AutoCAD, so any experience you have with those two will not be easily applied to the free software.
DraftSight is a great alternative to Autodesk AutoCAD, especially when you consider the price difference. It offers most, if not everything you need for 2D drawings.