Autocad functionality with a tenth the cost
June 07, 2021

Autocad functionality with a tenth the cost

Albert Brown | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with DraftSight

Initially, we used DraftSight Free on computers [that] didn't have a licensed copy of Autocad. We were surprised at how compatible it was. Later, when we updated to 2010, we decided NOT to continue with Autocad. Our single perpetual Autocad license now resides on an off-web computer running Win7 and is rarely used.
There's not a day go by that I don't use Draftsight, some days run to 12 hours. I recommend it highly and have to [every] design engineer I know.
  • First, DraftSight is affordable for a small company.
  • Second, it's dwg compatible. Our historical data is useful.
  • Last, its interface is common sense.
  • Like the other CAD package, I don't like [to] have my command prompt at the mouse cursor. I have to look for it and heck, at that moment I don't know where it is. I'd like to keep the command prompt on the command line. My eyes move to that point automatically and very quickly, looking for the cursor takes seconds, but I don't have seconds.
  • The command inputs sometimes are filled in with a number which must be an absolute translation of the @ function eg Line [start point] @ [43346,4432] I didn't put that 43346, 4432 in.
  • Using DraftSight we now a a larger ROI from our CAD investment.
  • Yeah, that means our costs are reduced which is in line with the reduced cost of hardware, ie plotters, work stations, monitors.
Autocad subscription costs 10 times as much.
Full function 2d CAD package for an affordable subscription price. Great for small companies or companies which don't do a lot of CAD. This can be added to the list of software you have to have but don't use every day. AND (it's a big "and") it's compatible with dwg so if a consultant needs a drawing to work from, you can give him the dwg that he can work with.
This is not to say you can't use it every day, it's just priced so you don't have to and the interface is easy to use and pretty intuitive.