DraftSight

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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>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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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.

DraftSight review by <span>Chintan D.</span>
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A cheaper alternative to AutoCad

What do you like best?

DraftSight offers almost the same interface and with similar commands as AutoCad. It also supports the native DWG format. It is free to use and also offers a Professional version, which is a lot cheaper than Autocad.

What do you dislike?

It keeps reminding to register in the free version, you can register for free else use the software upto 30 days. It sometimes freezes for a second or two but that is the case with AutoCad too. The website is a little difficult to understand when it comes to knowing where to download.

Recommendations to others considering the product

There are some new features of AutoCad that are missing in Draftsight, but they're getting there. If you're using ACAD LT, you probably wont face any issues.

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

It helps a lot in creation of CAD drawings and offers a cheaper solution for my consultancy.

DraftSight review by <span>Guillermo G.</span>
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Free 2D CAD complete software

What do you like best?

Draftsight is a free (no cost) 2D CAD (as in Drawing) app, with a very complete creation and edit suite of tools. It has all the basics you would expect for drafting and generation of technical drawings. Excellent for architecture, civil engineering, mechanical engineering and similar disciplines. Compatible with AutoCAD DWG/DXF formats.

What do you dislike?

The lack of even basic 3D may be a downside, at leas for viewing. The freemium model may not amuse everyone.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Must try as first option before buying AutoCAD, specially if you think you won't need the 3D capabilities. Also less resource intensive than Autodesk DWW viewer.

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

Fast creation and edit of technical drawings. Also an excellent DWG/DXF viewer/printing app. The no cost and low system requirements are very beneficial to use in the office and on the go.

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