They know the strengths of 2D CAD and and focus on those aspects keeping it efficient and useful.
April 15, 2021

They know the strengths of 2D CAD and and focus on those aspects keeping it efficient and useful.

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

We mainly use DraftSight as a 2D CAD tool on plant design, layouts and equipment installations. We have tested several others and find the interface to be the most intuitive for the type of design and documentation we do, while using industry standard file types.
  • User interface is recognizable and mostly intuitive.
  • Industry standard file types allow easy imports from customers and vendors.
  • Navigating through block layers is always cumbersome.
  • It would be nice to scale a block based on what a particular dimension should be.
  • Overriding colours and line weights does not always work when needed.
  • Batch Plotting would be a useful feature.
  • We use it intermittently, so it is tough to gauge an actual ROI, but the time savings and stability are noticeable compared to 3D design software for floor plans, and equipment layouts.
I tried several other software options and found some focused on doing small design projects well but could not handle importing large assemblies or editing files from vendors or customers. Others they tried to be an all in one cheep 2D/3D solution, but lacked the ability to be efficient at either. DraftSight works very much like AutoCAD without getting too fancy and expensive. Lets face it, 2D CAD has its limitations. DraftSight sticks to its practical strengths and hasn't tried to reinvent itself as anything but a easy, efficient and stable 2D CAD tool.
We use it intermittently as it is a great tool to work on large layouts. I would recommend it for large scale 2D documents as the file size is small and the program is stable when you have dozens of layers.
I don't find it very useful for individual parts or small assembly drawings. There are much more efficient methods for that sort of design work.