Drafting Easy as Cake, and Great Pricing the Icing
November 05, 2020

Drafting Easy as Cake, and Great Pricing the Icing

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

I have used DraftSight to design layouts for commercial kitchens and to design layout of corporate events.
Currently, I'm using it to design and plan a residential subdivision and to draw plans for a new single family residence.
DraftSight is being used by an individual (me) who then shares DWG files with outside engineers who use AutoCAD.
  • DraftSight rivals the general functionality of AutoCAD. I am not a power user or a technically demanding user, so I cannot comment on the depth to which DraftSight's advanced functionality goes to rival that of AutoCAD.
  • The DraftSight price point for a budget-conscious entrepreneur like me is the AutoCAD killer. It made switching to DraftSight an easy decision.
  • Clicking to begin a movement mid-command did not work very well but seems to have been addressed and is functioning better in the latest update.
  • In the latest update I have found that if I am clicking or cycling through commands too fast, the cursor arrow disappears from the drawing window and only reappears when I drag it to the edges of the screen, outside of the drawing window. I then have to close and reopen DraftSight.
  • I would love to be able to tighten the amount of vertical space the toolbars across the top of the screen take up and the amount of vertical space the command lines at the bottom of the screen take up. I work on a laptop, so, with the toolbars at the top and the command lines at the bottom, my drawing window ends up being squat and wide, forcing me to use more zoom commands to navigate around the drawing. But maybe there is a way to limit the number of command lines showing and increase the height of the drawing window and I just haven't found it yet.
  • My work has me doing lots of different things in several different industries, from restaurant design and hospitality consulting to graphic design and Photoshop to tech startups and residential development. Because of this, I am not drafting all of the time. With DraftSight's reasonable pricing, I change professional gears as often as the project requires without feeling pressure to be using an expensive drafting program to get my money's worth. DraftSight has allowed me flexibility.
  • DraftSight has also allowed me to be speculative about the projects I can work on. I don't feel pressure to constantly be billing someone for my drafting time to cover the high software cost. So I can choose to work on more speculative projects if I am excited about them, not worried that the potential financial upside might be in later months. DraftSight has allowed me to be more entrepreneurial.
DraftSight was an easy jump for me from my years of AutoCAD use. It's similar look and functionality make it the obvious competitor. But DraftSight is the clear winner in pricing.
Photoshop is similar to AutoCAD in that it has been around for years and has been considered the gold standard in photo editing and graphic design. But Adobe has adapted to a web-based subscription model for use which has allowed me to continue using it instead of searching for an alternative. This was a very smart strategy by Adobe to keep its longtime users from drifting away.
As a small business owner, I have a limited budget for software, but the projects I work on involve outside architects, engineers, etc. who typically use AutoCAD. Compatibility with various collaborators is of the utmost importance, but AutoCAD's pricing is brutal. DraftSight's 'DWG' compatibility and lower pricing are a great solution.