AutoCAD functionality at a fraction of the price
October 06, 2021

AutoCAD functionality at a fraction of the price

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

I use DraftSight as a 2D tool for block diagrams. It is easy to use and had all of the versatility of AutoCAD without the massive expense. Having access to command line makes it much easier to use for quick tasks that fully graphic tools can make cumbersome. I would highly recommend this tool.
  • Command line use
  • Cross platform use
  • Drawing manipulation
  • Reading in different file formats
  • Has issues flattening out drawings in the Z access
  • Could do a better job with snap points
  • The paper space needs better integration
  • Command line
  • Different file formats
  • Cross platform options
  • Quickly opens for fast use
  • Versatile exporting features
  • Inexpensive for myriad of features
DraftSight seems to be an equivalent software package. If you can use AutoCAD well with the command line features and drawing manipulation you will find it very easy to come up to speed in using the software. The integration of paper and model space is still dicey, but being improved.

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When reading in a 3D DXF files DraftSight is very robust and has the ability to read in many different size files. However, in this scenario it struggles with flattening out the image. Often lines on different Z planes aren't flatten to all be in a single plan (the commands struggle to do this). [From my experience] this leads to some interesting issues when trying to snap lines and edges.