Draftsight by Dassault Systems offers a powerful alternative to other industry standard and expensive computer-aided drafting software. With its free version, Dassault Systems brings features and utility to rival those of other more expensive computer-aided drafting programs on the market, giving small companies a cost-effective option.
Free doesn't mean less powerful
With Draftsight, free doesn't mean less powerful. Make use of tools that allow you to open, read and edit all versions of .DWG files. Create entities, move and store them in libraries for future use. Calculate measurements of any object including length, area and volume. Make use of 'snap to grid' for ease of arrangement or switch to free form to draw exactly what you want. Scale, split, extend and meld objects. Create and manage multiple layers. Apply labels and tables of information to finish off your drawings and create a professional-looking, well documented drawing. Dassault has really crossed all the T's and dotted all the I's with Draftsight, including all the features that are required with none of the bloat that is not. The professional version of the software adds even more functionality with the ability to run LISP, VBA, VB.net, C++ and C# scripted applications. Purchase add-ins or script your own to add automation to an already robust program.
It couldn't be any more simple
Dassault Systems has created their product with ease of use in mind. Options for customizing layout, toolboxes and menus abound and allow the user to include all the tools that they use on a daily basis on one pane of glass. At a glance, a user can quickly analyze a previous drawing and make edits. Starting a new project from scratch is equally as easy, importing previously created drawing objects to fast track a drawing before adding custom elements unique to the current job. Most controls are point and click, but there are plenty of keyboard shortcuts for power users to quickly chance elements all with a button push. The professional version adds add-in functionality so a user can automate time consuming processes, making the program even more user friendly. Imagine, calculating complex volumes or importing standard objects automatically!
Good things can be for free!
Draftsight isn't breaking the mold with anything other than price, but offers a solid, user friendly CAD program that will find its niche in small businesses that are conscious of their bottom line. Whether the business only needs to view .DWG drawings or create brand new drawings from scratch, Dassault Systems has created a platform that will surprise most users. Good things can be free! And when your company grows to need more advanced functionality, like custom scripting and add-ins, then the transition to the professional version will be nearly seamless. Download this software today from Dassault System's website to get a taste of how good free can be.
DraftSight supports the following formats
DWG, DXF, DWT