Switching from AutoCAD to DraftSight: Looking at the AutoCAD Alternative

Hey Everybody!

Brandon here back with an exciting new series that’s been a hit on the channel over the last month or so.

Today I wanted to share the first video in the series along with additional info/links and answer some of the most common questions/comments so far!

First of all, I wanted to thank DraftSight for sponsoring the youtube channel for this series of videos!
To learn more/check out DraftSight you can visit them here: http://cadintentions.com/draftsight 

Jumping right in, this is the first video in the series, where we’ll be taking an in-depth look at the Affordable AutoCAD alternative, DraftSight.

In today’s video in particular we will explore the various pricing and package options, how similar the two programs are from an interface and useability standpoint as well as demonstrate a handful of the most common tasks we do so you can see just how easy it is to make the transition to DraftSight!

I hope you enjoyed this 1st video in the new series, I am excited to share them all with you and honestly really enjoyed my time using DraftSight so far and think you will as well.
To learn more about DraftSight and Try it out for 30 days free head over to their site here.
Before I end today’s post I wanted to add a little bonus and answer some of the great questions that came in on the video!

Q: Can DGN files be imported?
A: Yep! I go over a little bit about the specifics of importing .dgn files in the second video of the series as well.

Q: Can Image or PDF Files be imported?
A: Same as above, yes they can and I also touch on these in the following videos as well!

Q:  I recently received an AutoCAD dwg file that my 2014 could not open because it was created using a “newer” version of AutoCAD. Would DraftSight have that same bug?
A: Not that I have encountered yet! I have not had any issues opening previous autocad file version with DraftSight, which actually makes it a very useful tool just for that use actually. I have been using the most recent version of DraftSight and have not run into .dwg compatibility issues with my trials and tests.

Q: Is the a perpetual License option for DraftSight?
A: Yes! If you can’t find the option initially on the site, just reach out to their customer support and you can certainly still pick up a perpetual license!

Q: Can dynamic blocks like interactive doors and windows be made with it?
A: Dyanmic blocks can be easily used and worked with in DraftSight but from what I can tell and have been shown, it cannot create new ones. However, any existing blocks/dynamic blocks from AutoCAD can be opened and used fully. I’ve also been informed that Dynamic Block creation along with more features will be coming soon! 🙂

That’s all for this post and the quick Q&A but if you have any questions you’d like to see answered, be sure to let me know in the comments!

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 As always, thank you so much for reading and watching, I am super excited to be back and posting regularly on the blog and hope you all will follow along.

Cheers and happy drafting!


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Brandon is a Civil Designer, Aspiring Blogger/Creator, Husband, Father to two Amazing Kids and Tech Aficionado from a small town in Canada. He has been obsessed with design and technology since he can remember and working as a Civil Designer for nearly as long. Brandon’s blog and Youtube channel, CADIntentions.com has been his outlet and excuse for keeping up with new tech and trends in the CAD design world for the last 10 years growing to more than 60,000 subscribers and over 15,000,000 views, while also being the source of many great friendships and unique opportunities. If you would like to Sponsor CAD Intentions or Work together in some way, Please visit my About Page and send me an email: http://cadintentions.com/about-me/