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Draftsight no longer free

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by wfpelletier, Apr 12, 2019.

  1. wfpelletier

    wfpelletier Senior Member

    I don't know if anyone else besides me has been using the AutoCad-like Draftsight for 2D work, but you may be interested to know that it is no longer free. We have been using Draftsight at my workplace mostly for working with legacy AutoCad drawings, and found this out when we were trying to install it on another computer. This is a link to a discussion on the SolidWorks forum regarding this news: https://forum.solidworks.com/thread/230270. (This change might have happened in February.)
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  2. idslk

    idslk Alibre Super User

    maybe this is an alternative? DoubleCAD XT v5
  3. Ralf

    Ralf Alibre Super User

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  4. wfpelletier

    wfpelletier Senior Member

    I just gave this a try. It is a good looking software, but when I tried opening a few of our facility floor plans with DoubleCAD, it just crashed. It seems to be able to open up smaller DWG drawings, however.
  5. VoltsAndBolts

    VoltsAndBolts Senior Member

    Yes I saw this not to long ago myself... I have often used it instead of AutoCad. I guess it's time to seek out the best alternative.
  6. oilman

    oilman Member

    This is why I tell friends to stay away from Fusion 360. Who knows when Autodesk will change their strategy and start charging hobbyists to use it. That and it's not very user friendly and it's cloud crap:)
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  7. Alexander

    Alexander Senior Member

    I ditched Awfuldesk a few years ago for many reasons, my blood boils thinking about it. Went with Bricscad and its a brilliant alternative, although its not free, reasonable price for basic 2d package.
    Solid Edge still do a free 2D cad which is good.
  8. anson

    anson Member

    I still use Draftsight Free. How long is that going to last?
  9. DavidJ

    DavidJ Alibre Super User Staff Member

    From Dassault Systemes Web site
    All free versions of DraftSight (2018 or earlier) will cease to run after 12/31/2019.
  10. simonb65

    simonb65 Alibre Super User

    I know its free, but to just stop an existing application running past a specific date I find very sad. I can understand them saying there is no more support, run at your own risk (I still run Win 2000 on my server and a number of WinXP machines as hardware test stations with old bespoke VB5/VB6 programs running on them!), but to just stop running is like the underhand planned obsolescence of a perfectly good tool/product by the likes of a certain fruit based phone/pad company! It really makes me steer clear of these type of companies as I feel I'm being held hostage and my destiny is solely in their hands. The one reason I steer well clear of cloud based applications. Call me old fashioned, but when I buy or use something, I like to be the one who decides when and why I stop using it ... even if it was offered as free (that was their choice, not mine).
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  11. anson

    anson Member

    I switched to LibreCAD and it works for everything I want to do. One drawback is layer management which I use a lot when going to our router. Otherwise I like most features better. I downloaded version2.2.0 from github.
  12. jhiker

    jhiker Alibre Super User

    nanoCAD looks OK though the latest completely free version is v5.0. Reads/writes dxf/dwg. No geometrical tolerancing with the free version but it looks fairly easy to use.
  13. JL82

    JL82 Senior Member


    I upgraded from TurboCAD Deluxe v11 (2005) to ProgeCAD Pro 2020 last month. The upgrade price from any CAD is about 200 euros.
  14. jfleming

    jfleming Senior Member

    This wouldn't open any of my .dwg files created in Draftsight 2017 or any .dwg saved as something newer than like 2005.
  15. anson

    anson Member

    Anybody still using draftsight? It still works here! I didn't try installing on additional computer though.
  16. Idahoan

    Idahoan Member

    I still use it occasionally, mostly to open old Auto CAD files. Tired this evening and it still opened up and runs fine.

  17. NateLiqGrav

    NateLiqGrav Alibre Super User

    I think eventually the free version of draftsight will require you to register it again and then it won't work. But I could be wrong.
  18. Mika

    Mika Senior Member

  19. Ralf

    Ralf Alibre Super User

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  20. Mika

    Mika Senior Member

    It's not free, but it have samekinda licensing like Alibre. Pay it once, own it forever.
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