DraftSight Reviews & Product Details

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What is DraftSight?

A feature-rich 2D and 3D CAD solution for architects, engineers and construction service providers, as well as professional CAD users, designers, educators and hobbyists. DraftSight lets you create, edit, view and markup any kind of 2D and 3D DWG file with greater ease, speed and efficiency. Its familiar user interface facilitates a quick transition from your current CAD application.

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Languages Supported
Czech, German, English, French, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Turkish, Chinese (Simplified)
Product Description

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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Seller
Dassault Systemes
Ownership
EPA: DSY.PA
Company Website
Year Founded
1981
HQ Location
Velizy-Villacoublay, France
Total Revenue (USD mm)
$3,427
Twitter
@Dassault3DS
64,168 Twitter followers
LinkedIn® Page
www.linkedin.com
16,841 employees on LinkedIn®
Description

Dassault Systemes, the 3DEXPERIENCE Company, provides business and people with virtual universes to imagine sustainable innovations.

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Design Checker and Solidworks Operator/Coach
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
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Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

99.5% of the dwg functions of the leading national brand, it is just a tiny fraction of the cost. The more expensive version does offer additional support and more commands than the lower cost version. So far it has proven to be far more stable than the other 2D only cad software that I use. Overall functionality is greatly improved for 2020 Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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 the much lower cost it's worth dealing with. *update plot dialog and settings are much improved for 2020 Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

If you're a student or an amateur, I highly recommend Drafsight If you are a small business who works in 2D only needs an occasional bit of 3D drafting the paid version with it is worth it. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What 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. UPDATE: Support for Linux has been discontinued so I will be investigating Bricscad for my personal laptop. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Product Designer
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2 on behalf of the seller
What do you like best?

For easy sharing of various large documentation DraftSight has the best functionalities and very helpful on measuring 3D models dimensions and excellent detailing tool.

DraftSight drawing quality its excellent and working performance is also amazing and view comparison with DraftSight its very quickly. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

No any for me to underline about the DraftSight drawing functions capabilities and for the new users its just simple to learn how to use the software. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

DraftSight is the powerful CAD solution on 2D designs and documentation, easy files sharing and excellent drawing quality generation. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

CAD file viewing and easy compare.

Architectural and Engineering drawings production. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Coordinador de Proyectos
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2 on behalf of the seller
What do you like best?

The software capabilities are unique, it allows the user on easy comparing of different document views. DraftSight can effective generate an accurate 2d drawing for the various projects, and the tool design templates functionality its perfect.

DraftSight also allows effective document sharing among the team members, and it has an Automatic formatting capability. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

DraftSight was a great tool on the first implementation. Understanding its functions and usability is very simple. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

DraftSight capability on the documents viewing and comparing its very helpful and the tool can create PDF files. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

2d drafting process with DraftSight provides the great drawings quality and the views are very accurate. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Design Engineer
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

I loved the ease of Drafting with this amazing software, Really gave me the all basic designing knowledge and ideas as a beginner in college days. Really helped me to understand mechanical drawing faster Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

3D modelling is little tougher to do, but not worst. I find other softwares which helps to design much comfortably Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

For a beginner it's the best software in market to learn and develop your design skills, I strongly recommend to use this awesome tool Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

I used Draftsight in college to make 2d part models and later on did little more complex part modeling during my training days. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Mechanical Engineer
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

It's just awesome software with all 2D commands and features like AutoCad, priced at a reasonable tag. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Nothing major, Can't expect a software coming in this price range to be more perfect and reliable. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

If you're a student or job seeker looking forward to get exposure in designing field, Then this is the software for you. It's packet with everyone one needs in a really affordable price Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

As a beginner i started my sketching with Draftsight, Everyone is cool and so convenient. For a beginner and for students it's the best software to learn and get exposure to the designing world Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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IT Network Coordinator
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

The cost .... for the same features as Corel and AutoCAD based applications, this one is very similar in features but at a solid fraction of the cost. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Some menus, but you get used to them. Other than that, very little if anything. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Keep using it ..... its getting more features etc, yes the free option went away, but it's still a fraction compared to alternatives. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

We needed a replacement for old Designer application that we still had from years ago, but zero support on, so we switched to this and never looked back. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

DraftSight is a simple and solid solution to completely replace AutoCAD. It saved my life when I needed to translate a few AutoCAD drawings but didn't wanted to buy AutoCAD for that purpose. So I can say for sure that DraftSight is especially useful for specialists like me working on the text content part of the drawings. I'm really happy I found this excellent solution years ago and I'm still using it. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

A few years ago I experienced some problems with Cyrillic fonts. Also, editing some hidden text blocks was a pain. But these minor problems were solved quickly enough — in the later releases of Draftsight, so I don't think it's a problem to be mentioned. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

I'm not a developer so, unfortunately, I have nothing to say about the main features of DraftSight in terms of building 2D and 3D designs. But for language specialists and localizers like me, it's a great AutoCAD replacement and a real life-saving software when it comes to translating and editing the drawings, as well as opening and converting different supported formats.

So if you are looking for a decent CAD solution, I highly recommend DraftSight. It's worth it! Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

Been a technical translator I need a reliable solution to open, translate and edit my clients' drawings created in AutoCAD and other CAD solutions. Sometimes I just need to open the file and resave it to a more convenient format or to PDF format just to have a visual context. So DraftSight helped me with these tasks and saved me from investing in the pretty expensive AutoCAD. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Ingeniero mecánico
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

how to modify the alias of the functions to quickly access them.

That this application is compatible with any .dwg format.

In addition to being able to modify the menu bar that I really need with the functions I need.

The easy way to scale drawings without complications and effectively to print.

The operation of the Osnap to find the midpoints, or the endpoints, or tangential points to curve designs.

The way to recover lost files in much less tedious than other design programs. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

that the previous versions were free and now this latest version of this year 2019 must be paid, they must leave the previous versions free at least without the latest updates so that any type of person can have access to this software. In addition, the help book does not help you 100% with some functions that one would like to apply. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

It is a very good design program with a user-friendly interface, and fast mastery of the program, it is very well structured, with nothing to envy to other software of this type. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

thermomechanical design, pipeline distribution, equipment, pipeline distribution, control panels, and mechanical pieces. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

LISP FILES! I have the Pro version of Draftsight and have been able to install all my old AutoLISP files (many of which I wrote in the early 1990s) which greatly speed up my use of the drafting interface. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

I see a lot of hang-ups -- brief instances where it stops, then continues -- when using the software. I run it on a fairly high end PC, so the issue is the software not the computer. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

It's the least expensive way I have found to implement a workable 2D drafting solution WITH my LISP files. If Draftsight didn't support the LISP files it would not have been worth it. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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UM
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

This product was very similar to AutoCAD and allowed me to do what was needed for the industry I was working in. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Limited tool options and less user friendly as AutoCAD. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

Used software to create shapes for extrusion dies. This was then transferred to Solidworks. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Manufacturing engineer
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Lo que mas me gusta del software es que es una herramienta de diseño parecida a autocad ya que se pueden utilizar los mismos comandos, la ventaja de esta herramienta es que es gratuita lo que amplia las posibilidades de llevar la aplicación a casi cualquier lugar, la interfas es demasiada intuitiva y agradable a la vista lo que lo convierte en un software a tomarse en cuenta a creces Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

hasta el momento no he tenido ningun problema al usar la aplicación, personalmente me ha ayudado e muchas situaciones, siempre se ha comportado de manera eficiente y fluida por lo que no tengo ninguna queja del software Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Recomiento totalmente el uso de este software les puedo asegurar se convertira una herramienta de trabajo excelente y un aliado en el trabajo Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

Dentro de mi compañia no hay suficientes licencias de autocad por lo que tener este sofware gratuito y con las mismas especificaciones y herramientas se convirtio en mi aliado para realizar varias actividades cotidianas en mi trabajo Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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AM
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Once I set up my preferences the way I had them on auto cad mechanical and had all my templates loaded etc you could be forgiven for thinking you were back on auto cad! very similar user interface and commands too Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Although you would quickly remember them if you need some more advanced features. For example edit splines, you can't on my version of draftsight, but obviously can on auto cad. Also you can't email directly from within draftsight (only a small point, but if you do it frequently, the time soon adds up!) Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

If you want a no frills 2D drafting software, Draftsight is for you. It has great features and some commonality with auto cad. If you use a 2D cad system for sheet metal/laser cutting/ 2D milling I would recommend you look at Draftsight Professional. A small fee, cheaper than auto cad, and can generate G-code, very useful! Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

Reduced overheads. No annoying perpetual licences or high product cost. A simple and effective alternative for 2D drafting created by those who brought us solidworks, Dassault systems. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Design Engineer
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Fast installation, frequent updates, easy to use GUI, lot of functionalities with constant upgrades of existing and adding new ones. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Nothing, Draftsight is perfect for 2D drafting. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Ease of use and great functionalities Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

Problem that I solved was topological placement of large assembly lines which would break any 3D software. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Mr pawel rozenek
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

The software is free till the end of 2019. Then the price is not too bad. The software interface is user friendly and it is not really difficult to use. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

After each update the software is more and more buggy. Currently is use 2017 version as 2018 and 2019 keeps crashing and it has got too many bugs... Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

It is free/ cheap but very unstable software. Older versions are more stable. Sometimes very simple operations like joining two lines with arc fillet do not work. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

I am a design engineer and in draftsight I design manufacturing templates, and some production drawings for toughened glass which we manufacture Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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UM
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

I found the no frills DraftSight software to be easily adaptable from AutoCAD with almost all features still available and a similar interface. This will suit anyone ranging from beginner to more the more advanced user. Until recently DraftSight has been free to use, and even with the new pricing system, seems reasonable for the software you get. It's user friendly with all the tools you'd expect from a 2D drafting solution. I like that DraftSight can generate G-Code. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

DraftSight doesn't have the same range of specific toolsets for certain industries like AutoCAD does (architecture, mechanical, etc). The interface seems a bit outdated and less 'slick' as AutoCAD's, and I feel it could really do with a dark mode option. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Great for hobbyists, small businesses and users not needing specific toolsets. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

I have had few issues with DraftSight other than some initial teething problems moving from AutoCAD.

Benefits include: low cost compared to AutoCAD, intuitive, can generate G-Code. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Texas Sales Manager
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Organic
What do you like best?

Draftsight is easy to transition into. Stepping into it from AutoCad wasn't a problem. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Changing to an all paid version of Draftsight. Technical service support isn't what it should be. Even if you have the subscription plan, technical services could cost you an additional $300++ a year. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Don't rely on Draftsight for technical support. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

I had no problems with Draftsight up until the 2017V3 program. With the upgrade after that, my computer would no longer communicate with my plotter, but only with Draftsight. All other programs worked fine. I was provided the 2017 version to continue to work in, but as the versions advanced around me, I had problems opening newer files. With the advent of the 2019 version, and the elimination of all previous versions, I was faced with a serious problem. When I contacted Technical Support, I received the initial answer that they could not duplicate my problem. I received instructions to remove and reinstall my plotter. I did, but to no avail. At this point Draftsight tech services washed their hands of me and refused to answer my emails. In desperation, I contacted GEEK Squad. After about an hour of an online session they fixed the problem. I really don't know what they did, only that they had to force the plotter drivers to work with the draftsight program. GEEK Squad is definitely worth the money. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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UM
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Make simple changes or view 2D drawings. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

sometimes unstable, not as user friendly as some other programs, no longer free Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

viewing drawings, comparing and changing scale, sketching Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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UA
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

I headed to the perfect software looking for a 2D drawing tool. It is perfectly compatible with AutoCAD file formats and the used interface is really friendly. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Up to the last year, it was free. Now you have to pay to use the 2D features Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

I was looking for a freeware tool compatible with AutoCAD 2D formats. This software gave me all the features I needed. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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CM
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

If you've used AutoCad before, then picking up Draftsight is quite intuitive Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Some functionality is held back in the free version, not sure how much more advance the 'premium' version has Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Great alternative to AutoCad. Similar functionality, the free version is good, with added features in the premium license which is still cheaper than AutoCad. The similarities in the user interface and features available make it quite easy to switch from AutoCad and is intuitive to use. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

As Solidworks is our 3D CAD package, Draftsight (also Dassault systems) ties in nicely with it, and as our AutoCAD package was quite old and too expensive to replace with the newest version, Draftsight was an easy switch and opens AutoCad files. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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UE
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

I liked the clear UI. I could navigate to all of the icons easily Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Not many people are currently using this so there are very little help and tutorials online. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Yes I would recommend this product to a small company with low expenditure. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

I used DraftSight to layout equipment in a customers factory to provide me with an accurate scale. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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UC
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

There are plenty of online tutorials and it is very similar interface to AutoCAD and other softwares. Full free trial software helps you decide whether its for you. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

It is only a 2D software. Depending on your field, 3D is more practical. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Check out all the tutorials and give the free trail a go. Very rare that you can get a full software on the free trail. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

Easy to import .dwgs from other softwares and take off information. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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AD
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

I like the fact that after years of using AutoCAD I can just pick up Draftsight and I don't have to learn anything new. It's got me out of loads of scrapes in the past. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

The preferences are a little hard to navigate at times and I also dislike that it's no longer free! Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

It's well worth it if you're looking for a cheaper alternative to AutoCAD Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

Use it primarily for converting exported DXFs from Inventor into files that can be used for laser and waterjet cutting. I find it really quick and easy to do. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Mechanical Design Team Leader
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

The majority of AutoCAD keyboard commands work thus giving a feel of familiarity straight away to long term CAD users Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Printing feels a bit clunky, and no 3D capability Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

A real alternative to AutoCAD for creating, viewing and editing dwg drawings Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

Draftsight has given me instant access to autocad drawings allowing sketch profiles to be lifting straight from old 2D drawings Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Lead Engineer (Manufacturing & Mechanical)
Machinery
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Brilliant software and easier to use than autocad. Started using it when it was free. I was surprised how similar it was to autocad Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Version 3, tends to crash. The free version had a few commands disabled. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Go for it. Far cheaper than autocad. Very similar functions as autocad Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

Using it for factory floor layouts and manipulating 3d cad dxf files Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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UI
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

I've always liked that DraftSight has been a free 2D CAD software to sketch with. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

I dislike that DraftSight is turning into a subscription based software, it is now losing it's appeal. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Be sure to shop around for your options in 2D CAD software now that draftsight is moving to a subscription based software. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

I'm using it to work with customer plant layout drawings. It's quick and easy to make changes in the layouts. This is much quicker than doing the changes in a 3D CAD software. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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