DraftSight Professional vs AutoCAD Full version
May 30, 2022

DraftSight Professional vs AutoCAD Full version

Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Software Version

Paid

Overall Satisfaction with DraftSight

As a direct replacement for AutoCAD.
  • Everything that AutoCAD does.
  • Very intuative
  • No cross training required for AutoCAD users.
  • Does everything AutoCAD does
  • No cross training required
  • Supports more older versions of AutoCAD versions than AutoCAD does.
  • DraftSight would be beneficial to our business but there is uncertainty about compatibility with Bentley ProjectWise as the vendor has not respond to inquiries.
  • Return on investment if we could use with Bentley ProjectWise Integration.
Comparisons done with AutoCAD, FreeCAD & LibreCAD. Until DraftSight sales & support address a query raised on more than occasion, I am not willing to recommend full replacement of AutoCAD with DraftSight Pro.

Do you think DraftSight delivers good value for the price?

Yes

Are you happy with DraftSight's feature set?

Yes

Did DraftSight live up to sales and marketing promises?

Yes

Did implementation of DraftSight go as expected?

No

Would you buy DraftSight again?

Yes

No scenarios just a very good product. Does what AutoCAD does with ease. Cheaper than AutoCAD & therefore supports business cost savings.

Using DraftSight

1 - Skills required are fully conversant with AutoCAD, lisp routines etc.
  • I have a personal license & use this in place of Expensive AutoCAD
  • If it was fully compatible with Bentley ProjectWise I would recommend full replacement across the business.
Extremely good product for the price with full AutoCAD functionality.

Evaluating DraftSight and Competitors

Yes - Replaced AutoCAD in my own business but not in the company I work for. Wanted to replace in the company I work for for cost savings.
  • Price
  • Product Features
  • Product Usability
  • Product Reputation
  • Prior Experience with the Product
Does everything AutoCAD does at a very competative price.
I would change my evealuation if only the vendor was to respond to enquiries.

DraftSight Implementation

Single user license implemented by myself.
Change management was a minor issue with the implementation

DraftSight Training

Very easy to use as a long standing AutoCAD user. No cross training required.

Configuring DraftSight

Just right for the product.
Export configuration from AutoCAD & import to DraftSight.
No - we have not done any customization to the interface
No - we have not done any custom code

DraftSight Support

No response to queries raised.
ProsCons
None
Slow Resolution
Poor followup
Problems left unsolved
Not kept informed
Escalation required
Difficult to get immediate help
Need to explain problems multiple times
Support doesn't seem to care
Slow Initial Response
I have a subscription license personally. I can't use within the company I work for due to lack of response from the vendor or vendor support.
Yes - Never resolved.

Using DraftSight

Very good poduct equalling AutoCAD usability.
ProsCons
Like to use
Relatively simple
Easy to use
Technical support not required
Well integrated
Consistent
Quick to learn
Convenient
Feel confident using
Familiar
None
  • Keyboard shortcuts are great.
  • Ease of adding addition shortcuts.
  • Great product.

DraftSight Reliability

No different to AutoCAD deployments.
Not had any issues/crashes yet.
I would not know about integration as Vendor/vendor support have not responded to queries.
Performance is great, pages load quickly.

Integrating DraftSight

No response from vendor/vendor support.
  • No
  • No
  • No
Business support required for integration but vendor/vendor support has not responded to queries.
If DraftSight integrated with Bently ProjectWise, I would consider replacing AutoCAD across our business.

Relationship with Dassault Systemes

No problems during purchase.
No reponse from vendor/vendor support to queries raised.

Upgrading DraftSight

Yes - Upgrade to 2022 for personal license. No impacts.
  • Straight forward replacement for from 2020 personal license.
  • None. Just wanted the latest version.
Yes - The free version was no longer available.