Draftsight is a great and low cost CAD editing software.
January 13, 2021

Draftsight is a great and low cost CAD editing software.

Dylan Cramer | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Software Version

Paid

Overall Satisfaction with DraftSight

We use DraftSight for many areas ranging from viewing customer/vendor files to creating electrical designs. We are an OEM of automated equipment. Some of our equipment allows for CAD file importing, and we'll use DraftSight to edit/create the files to be imported. DraftSight is used within our design group, our sales group for providing drawings to customers, and our service group for viewing files in the field. As far as business problems, it addresses the high cost of the alternative that is available out there. We don't scratch the surface of the tools available within the software, so our needs are easily met.
  • Commands are very similar to other brands of this type of software. Easy to transition into.
  • Supports all necessary file types.
  • Allows for easy importing of Excel spreadsheets, etc.
  • One item that got me in a bit of trouble at a previous employer is that there is some way to determine if a file was last saved by DraftSight or it was last saved by AutoDesk. That employer's customer was of the mind that DraftSight was bad, AutoDesk was good. Not sure of the reasoning, but there is a software flag somewhere that could be modified possibly to help with this.
  • We use some programming software here, and if you have DraftSight open while you have the programming software open, DraftSight takes over use of the ESC key. The ESC key will no longer function within the other software.
  • We saved on the cost of AutoDesk licenses.
  • We have multiple single user licenses now, which makes it difficult to track who has what.
I don't want to sound like a broken record, but we used to use AutoDesk. DraftSight is nearly identical to AutoDesk but at a fraction of the cost. DraftSight accomplishes everything that we need it to do, and we've never had any problems with it.
If anybody needs a cost-effective way to open a CAD file, then this is what I always recommend. With the cost tied to it now, it makes it a bit more difficult for me to have a customer download and pay for it, so we tend to convert to PDF for those guys now.