Old (CHEAP) Guy Does CAD.
May 25, 2021

Old (CHEAP) Guy Does CAD.

Marlin Alvis | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with DraftSight

I am the primary Mechanical / Architectural Designer at our firm, with a 35 year history using AutoCAD (you may have heard of it?). While I can't say I was 'disappointed' with AutoCAD, I CAN say that I'm 'happier' with DraftSight, primarily due to a couple simple facts:
1) It was an almost painless transition from AutoCAD-10 to DraftSight Standard, since I am an 'old school' CAD user, adept with keyboard commands as opposed to the icons and pull-downs commonly used by almost everyone else on the planet, I literally was/am able to use the exact same keyboard 'shortcuts' as I did when drafting with AutoCAD. Brilliant move DraftSight. Oh, and the ridiculously reasonable price point for your products didn't hurt either.
Thank You DraftSight.
  • Simple and easy to use.
  • Delivers solid drafting capability to the 'new' or 'veteran' CAD user, no [matter] what your demand level is; beginner, intermediate, or advanced.
  • The thing I appreciate the most about DraftSight has to be its tremendous VALUE, when compared to pretty much every other CAD product out there, INCLUDING AUTOCAD. I'm Just Saying.
  • Though it is probably a minor item, I [personally] think DraftSight's customization tools/settings could be easier to access.
  • For instance, I have not yet re-discovered how to 'toggle on' the relative Distance & Angle running display found at the bottom of the drafting window. I was able to affect it in the previous DraftSight version, but no longer can. How sad for me.
  • DraftSight's low entry cost, and swift learning curve afforded me the ability to seamlessly continue with my drafting requirements, when I finally had had enough of the ever rising cost of AutoCAD. In fact, I switched over to DraftSight in the very middle of a fairly involved construction design project with essentially 'zero' problems. The drawings I had begun and developed partially in AutoCAD, loaded right up in DraftSight as if they had been created there in the first place. THAT is what I call 'seamless'.
DraftSight's 'value' easily outpaces all the other CAD programs I have used, or tried to use, based on functionality, usability, and investment.
Hands down.
I think DraftSight is 'well suited' for most 'day to day' drafting
requirements, where a quick, 'finished and usable', document is the
primary goal, as opposed to a product that perhaps includes every tool
and function ever imagined by man, but of which only 3-6% are typically
ever used by the average drafter. Since my 'CAD' world is mostly tied
to construction and mechanical design, those are the areas I can speak
to, and I will absolutely say that DraftSight is perfectly suited for
THIS environment.