you have options with draftsight

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How much do you use DraftSight?  Is it multiple times a day or is it only once a month or less?  2D CAD is quickly becoming an antique tool but the need for it is still there because of the mass amounts of legacy data that is still out there.

Core DraftSight is a free product that is available on a multitude of operating system platforms.  If you are strictly using DraftSight to access and slightly modify your existing legacy data, core DraftSight is all that you will need and I feel you will be extremely happy with.

However, if you are using DraftSight to create new projects, drawings, etc. you might want to look at the paid DraftSight packages that are available.  Since its inception, 3DS has offered a package call DraftSight Premium Service Pack which is a paid version but it offers you the following additional resources.

  • Telephone and Email Support
  • Network Licensing (minimum of 5 DraftSight licenses required)
  • Access to the DraftSight API’s and API updates

As someone who uses SolidWorks to create and design new projects, the only use I have for DraftSight is to open legacy documents and print or measure items so the above resources / options would be severe overkill for me.

But, yesterday, 3DS announced a new paid service called DraftSight Prosumer Service which again is a paid service but it offers you technical support for installing, activating, configuring, and using DraftSight.  If you are a CAD Admin that ends up installing this on multiple configurations of workstations, this may be a service that should interest you.

Whether is does or doesn’t interest you, I wanted to make sure you were aware of the options that were out there for you in regards to what should be your favorite 2D CAD software.

more draftsight news: linux version

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A few weeks back DraftSight removed the beta tag from its flagship Windows product.  On Wednesday, they added another product, this time a Linux version of there popular FREE 2D CAD program.

So what does this mean?  Not much if you are a Windows homer but if you run Linux at home on your personal computer this is a major announcement as it will now allow you to run DraftSight natively on your Linux machine.

Below is the official press release from Dassault Systemes about the new version.  You can also see screenshots at the end of the press release.

Dassault Systèmes’ DraftSight
Now Available for Linux

Linux Users Can Now Create, Edit and View DWG Files with DraftSight

VÉLIZY-VILLACOUBLAY, France, – March 9, 2011 – Dassault Systèmes (DS) (Euronext Paris: #13065, DSY.PA), a world leader in 3D and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions, today announced the availability of a beta release of DraftSight for Linux.  DraftSight is a no-cost 2D CAD product for CAD professionals, students and educators that can be downloaded at DraftSight.com.

DraftSight for Linux allows users to create, edit and view DWG files.  DraftSight generally takes a few minutes to download and runs on multiple operating systems, including Linux and Mac OS in beta, and Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7 in general release. 

“We’re very excited to finally announce to the DraftSight community the availability of Linux in beta for DraftSight,” said Aaron Kelly, senior director, DraftSight, Dassault Systèmes. “We’ve been working on the Linux version since the launch of DraftSight and have seen a significant rise in demand for this over the last few months.  It’s been our objective since the start to respond to users by providing them with products that will meet their needs.

DraftSight beta users have access to no-cost Community Support available within the DraftSight open, online SwYm community where they can access support and training resources, along with an environment to interact, ask questions and share their opinions.  The DraftSight community is one of the first social networks designed by engineers for engineers, designers and architects. 

For more information, please visit DraftSight.com.  Also, check out DraftSight on Facebook and Twitter.

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draftsight released to the masses!

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I am a little late getting to the party but on Wednesday, February 23, 2011 Dassault Systemes removed the beta tag from the 2D CAD offering DraftSight and released it to the public.  Some of you may have forgotten that this product was still in beta (like I did).  This was probably due to the over 400,000 downloads during the beta period.

Here is the official press release:

Dassault Systèmes’ No-Cost 2D CAD Product DraftSight Now Available for General Release

More Than 400,000 DraftSight Downloads During Beta Test

VÉLIZY-VILLACOUBLAY, France, – February 23, 2011 – Dassault Systèmes (Euronext Paris: #13065, DSY.PA), a world leader in 3D and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions, today announced the general availability of DraftSight for Windows, a no-cost 2D CAD product for CAD professionals, students and educators.  To date, more than 400,000 users have downloaded DraftSight.  Originally launched in Beta version in June 2010, the general release for Windows includes many key enhancements and updates based on user feedback.  DraftSight is available for download at http://www.draftsight.com.

DraftSight allows users to create, edit and view DWG files.  DraftSight generally takes just a few minutes to download and runs on multiple operating systems, including Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Mac OS (in beta).  In conjunction with DraftSight, Dassault Systèmes launched an open, online community, where users can access support and training resources, along with an environment to interact, ask questions and share their opinions.   The DraftSight community is one of the first social networks designed by engineers for engineers, designers and architects.  Based on user feedback generated within the community, enhancements and updates have been made to the general release of DraftSight for Windows. 

The DraftSight community is based on Dassault Systèmes’ SwYm online collaboration and social innovation platform.  SwYm communities incorporate the best of Web 2.0 features such as: rich profiles, blogs, micro-blogging, “iQuestions”, wikis, media sharing spaces (data, audio, video, and even 3D), status updates, and more all within a unified layout that optimizes the user experience and facilitates and accelerates collaboration.

“DraftSight has been overwhelmingly embraced by the CAD and engineering community since its launch in June 2010.  A lot of hard work has gone into this product, including many enhancements made during the beta phase,” said Aaron Kelly, senior director, DraftSight, Dassault Systèmes.  “Users provided great feedback that enabled us to identify areas of improvement that we have implemented into the general release for Windows, increasing the overall performance and usability of DraftSight.  It’s important for our users to remain vocal about what they want to see in the product as we continue the development of DraftSight.”  

Specific updates include, but are not limited to:

· API support (available for a fee) – Enables customers to write add-on programs for DraftSight in C++ and other supported programming languages

· Localization of Help Files – Now available for users in multiple languages (English, German, French, Japanese, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Turkish, Korean, Polish, Russian, Czech)

· Command Variables Enhancement – Enables users to set and change system variables directly from the command line

DraftSight users have a variety of support options to choose from, including no-cost Community Support, as well as fee-based Premium Services that offer telephone and email support, network licensing and access to DraftSight APIs.  Specifically designed for educators, the Education Premium Service includes a Classroom and Campus Pack with curriculum materials, network licensing and telephone and email support. 

“As an instructor, I always try to provide my students with the tools to create and succeed on their own,” said Thomas Mewerter, drafting instructor at South Central Louisiana Technical College.  “DraftSight’s compatible structure and ability to work with DWG files gives students the freedom to download the product for free and work outside of class.”

For more information, visit http://www.draftsight.com.  Also, follow DraftSight on Facebook and Twitter

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About Dassault Systèmes

As a world leader in 3D and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions, Dassault Systèmes brings value to more than 115,000 customers in 80 countries. A pioneer in the 3D software market since 1981, Dassault Systèmes applications provide a 3D vision of the entire lifecycle of products from conception to maintenance to recycling. The Dassault Systèmes portfolio consists of CATIA for designing the virtual product – SolidWorks for 3D mechanical design – DELMIA for virtual production – SIMULIA for virtual testing – ENOVIA for global collaborative lifecycle management, and 3DVIA for online 3D lifelike experiences.  For more information, visit http://www.3ds.com.

CATIA, DELMIA, ENOVIA, SIMULIA, SolidWorks, and 3D VIA are registered trademarks and DraftSight and the DraftSight logos are trademarks of Dassault Systèmes or its subsidiaries in the US and/or other countries. Other brand and product names are trademarks of their respective owners.

So what does this mean for you?  Not a whole lot.  I would highly suggest that if you are currently running a beta version of the software you go and download the latest release and enjoy some of the bug fixes that are corrected.  All in all I am extremely pleased with this as a 2D CAD program.

Do you use DraftSight already?  If so, how much time each week do you use it?

draftsight is taking over

logo_solidworks 2d editorAs speculated earlier this year, SolidWorks Corporation is officially retiring SolidWorks 2D Editor (formally known as DWG Editor) when SolidWorks 2012 is released.  In an announcement sent to their reseller network it states that the link will be removed from the SolidWorks Customer Portal.

To allow an adequate transition period, the SolidWorks 2D Editor download will continue to be available through the Service Pack cycle of SolidWorks 2011, after which time the download link on the customer portal will be removed.

via CATI Tech Notes

Speculation started the beginning of July when Dassault Systemes released a new product called DraftSight which is also a free 2D CAD Editor.  I personally do not have a problem with this as I think that DraftSight is a nicer/better program than what SolidWorks previous 2D programs were.

What are your thoughts about this product retirement?  Have you tried DraftSight yet?  Have you tried DraftSight on the Mac yet?