|Stable release||V1R3.0 / October 7, 2012; 4 months ago|
|Operating system||Windows, Mac OS X, Linux|
DraftSight is a proprietary freeware 2D CAD (computer-aided design or computer-aided drafting) product for engineers, architects, designers, draftspeople, students and educators. The product was developed by Dassault Systèmes and lets users create, edit and view DWG and DXF files.
DWG files contain the binary data for CAD design and it is the drawing format for many CAD programs. DWG is a long-time abbreviation for “Drawing.” A DXF, or Drawing Exchange File, is used to convert CAD files into a generic format that can be read by other CAD software products.
DraftSight competes against more than three dozen 2D or 2D/3D hybrid products on the market. General availability of DraftSight for Windows was released in February 2011 and was downloaded more than 1.8 million times as of December 2011.
Languages: English, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Czech, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Brazilian Portuguese, Turkish and Russian.
DraftSight loads quickly and has a file size of 76 MB. The activated DraftSight application folder takes up 185 MB. The software itself uses ARES from Graebert GmbH as platform.
DraftSight allows users to access legacy DWG/DXF files, regardless of which CAD software was originally used to create them. According to industry estimates, there are more than three billion DWG legacy files in existence. As stated on its Homepage DraftSight uses the Teigha Classic for .dwg files and Teigha for .dwg files specifications from the Open Design Alliance to interpret the dwg-file format.
DraftSight runs on Microsoft Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 (general release), Mac OS X and Linux (Mac and Linux are currently in beta).
- Read and write support for DWG/DXF files
- File | Save to DWT/DWG/DXF files back to previous versions ( need email activation)
- Create binary or ASCII DXF files
- Attach image files (.bmp, .gif, .jpg, .jpeg, .png, .tif, & .tiff)
- Attach external reference drawings
- File | Print to .plt, .jpg, .pdf, .png, & .svg file formats.
- Save as .wmf?, .jpeg, .pdf, .png, .sld, .svg, .tif, & .stl
- Multi-page PDF creation
- Publish to eDrawings or Drawings Now
- File | export | Export To *.bmp, *.emf, *.jpg,*.pdf, *.png, *.sld,*.svg, *.tiff file formats.
- Initial beta release for Windows: June 2010
- Mac beta I release: September 2010
- General release for Windows: February 2011
- Linux beta release: March 2011
- Mac beta II release: March 2011
- Service Pack V1R1.4 for all platforms (Linux/Mac as beta): January 2012
- Service Pack V1R2.0 for all platforms (Linux/Mac as beta): May 2012
DraftSight was designed for professional CAD users and includes the following features:
- Cartesian coordinate system
- Command-line input
- Traditional toolbars and menus
- Wheel-mouse pan & zoom
- Blocks & reference files
- Layers & layer manager
- Polygonal ViewPorts
- ViewPort locking
- Freeze, lock or turn off layers per ViewPort
- Background masks for notes
- Property manager
- View proxy objects
- Dynamic pan & zoom
- Command aliases
- Menu files
- CTB and STB print style tables
- SHX and TrueType fonts
- LineStyle files
- Hatch pattern files
Online user community
Dassault Systèmes hosts an open, on-line SwYm (See What You Mean) community for DraftSight users to ask questions, express opinions, collaborate, solve problems and share ideas. According to Machine Design magazine, engineers are increasingly turning to industry-specific social networking sites to collaborate on projects. The community also holds an abundance of training resources.
- ^ List of computer-aided design editors for architecture, engineering and construction
- ^ DraftSight Surpasses One Million Downloads
- ^ Interview With Aaron Kelley On DraftSight at Deelip.com
- ^ Estimate of the number of DWG legacy files.
- ^ DraftSight Features
- ^ Machine Design Magazine: “DraftSight has a social networking side.”