DraftSight

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4.2 out of 5 stars

DraftSight lets professional CAD users, students and educators create, edit and view DWG files. DraftSight runs on Windows®, Mac® and Linux.

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DraftSight review by <span>John C.</span>
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"Open DWG Program That Helps with DWG Translations"

What do you like best?

Draftsight actually has a good tool set. Such tools allow zooming, editing with lines, drawing, dimensioning, etc. The program is basically a bare-bones automated CAD drafting program. Its main virtue is that it can be utilized to review translations from programs like PowerCADD and VectorWorks. One can download it from the Draftsight website. PC and Mac versions are available.

What do you dislike?

Unless one obtains the "Pro" version, one does not get a version with macros or other power tools, or library objects. There is no object intelligence.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Check your hardware requirements as this program runs on 64-bit machines.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

My firm has found that translating documents from non-AutoCAD programs to DWG is not seamless. One has to check how the text translates, as well as the dimensions and other CAD objects. DraftSight gives us the ability to view the translated document pretty much as an AutoCAD user would receive it. Any errors in translation can then be corrected in DraftSight or back in the original CAD program.

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DraftSight review by <span>Francesco S.</span>
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"Free DWG and DXF editor with AutoCAD like user interface"

What do you like best?

DraftSight's user experience looks very close to AutoCAD, so those already accustomed with the more famous CAD application will find themselves immediately at ease. It allows to read, edit and save DWGs and DXFs, using both model and paper spaces. If your office mainly uses other CAD formats and DWGs are just used as interchange format, DraftSight is very useful to check, preview, and edit files without buying an AutoCAD license. It could also be useful to produce documentation for small projects as well. It also allows to convert DWG drawings in other formats, like SVG.

What do you dislike?

The print dialogue interface is a bit rough and here and there some AutoCAD features are missing. As for now, it lacks a DWF export. The need to often renew the registration of the program is a bit annoying.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It is a very effective AutoCAD alternative, maybe less robust and bit simplified in some part.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The possibility to preview, check and edit a popular interchange format as DWG without having to pay for a licensed software is precious. Similarly, this free product can be used to do simple drawings in early design proposals, which are more likely to be put on hold, while more complex, licensed software is used on later design stage, which are usually more profitable. Also it helps in quick turning DWGs in SVGs, that could be later used in Inkscape or as starting drafts for 3d modelling in Blender.

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DraftSight review by <span>Tory W.</span>
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"Draftsight review"

What do you like best?

I like that DraftSight is a free 2D based software that can be used by those of us in the engineering field where we don't use 2D often, but it gives us the option without buying a full license.

What do you dislike?

I dislike that the software UI appears to be a bit dated compared to others. But what more can you expect for a free software.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It makes it easy to lay out quick 2D sketches to get the idea across to other coworkers before taking the time to fully 3D model it in another software. It gets your ideas layed out quickly and easily.

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"Great tool for drafting and detailing"

What do you like best?

This software is free to use. I never seen such an user friendly cad software. There are certain things you can do in couple of steps whereas the similar kind of software takes so many steps to do. Icons are more generic so it’s so easy to do all the work on the go. I used to make dxf file to cut in flow water jet and plasma table.

What do you dislike?

There are certain tools are unavailable in free version. The The premium version not worth the money.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Those who want a CAD software without spending any money than this is the best software. It will do the job without any problems.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Generate DXF file for flow water jet cutting. It’s far easy when compare to other tools.

DraftSight review by <span>Floyd F.</span>
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"The Best 2D Cad for the Money! Free Version Great Too."

What do you like best?

99.5% of the dwg functions of the leading national brand, even the paid version is just a tiny fraction of the cost. The paid version does offer additional support and more commands than the free version. So far it has proven to be far more stable than the other 2D only cad software that I use.

What do you dislike?

I'm one of those advanced users who will occasionally miss that .5% In order to protect the company some command aliases are different, so you have to spend a little time learning it. Plot settings are a little clunky but for free or even for the $99 (on sale) paid version it's worth dealing with.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you're a student or an amateur, I highly recommend the free version. If you are a small business who only needs an occasional bit of 2D drafting the paid version with its extra support is worth it.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Draftsight gives me an affordable platform for working from home or on the road. Another great plus is that it works on Linux.

DraftSight review by <span>Felix L.</span>
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"Excellent free software for editing 2D drawings"

What do you like best?

I use DraftSight to read, make edits, modify, and scale 2D scene drawings in .DWG format. The functions are simple to use, the program loads fast, and it's free to download. Great alternative to AutoCad as long as the task is in 2D and not too complex. I can add lines and objects in layers and export to PDF easily.

What do you dislike?

DraftSight is only suitable for drafting in 2D. It doesn't handle 3D models or manipulate them. For that, I would use Solidworks or 3D Studio Max. The scope of DraftSight is limited to making simple editing (lines, text) of a 2 dimensional model.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Free 2D CAD software without the $5000 price tag for AutoCad

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I read, make edits, and revise drawings in .DWG format using DraftSight. I also use it to create scaled scene drawings from Google Earth aerials. It's like a free version of AutoCad with familiar graphical interface.

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