We got the official 2019 DraftSight kickoff email this week and all previous versions of free DraftSight licenses end no later than 12/31/2019. All good things come to an end eventually...
If you haven't discovered nanoCAD yet, now would be a good time to look into it. I'm in the process of switching all our DraftSight users over now. The base version is fully capable and free. When you download it, make sure it's just nanoCAD (not Plus, Pro, Mechanica, or anything else). Don't download the free trial, just download nanoCAD. After install, register and you will get a permanent license for free.
I'm very disappointed by this turn and I have to vent. Dassault's decision to eliminate all free versions of DraftSight is not what's best for its users, it's a cash grab. At my company, we use DraftSight minimally as a supplemental tool for editing steel templates and as a drawing (dwg) viewer, it's not our main production software. We only need DraftSight because SolidWorks lacks basic 2D DWG functionality. Unfortunately, I think many other SolidWorks users are in the same boat.
With this move, Dassault is practically extorting their customers.
All they would need to do to maintain their integrity is provide DraftSight 2019 (free) and DraftSight Pro 2019 (paid). The users that need the new, fancy features could then choose to upgrade. But Dassault decided to completely eliminate and disable the free option, forcing their customers to pay $100/year/user (subscription only, forever). All I can say is that my disappointment is immeasurable and my day is ruined.
Curious how Nanocad is working out? I've tried today & it seems very close to what I use the draftsight for, but it's kind of crazy once I do something in an open file & save it, I can't exit, except by the use of control alt delete. Also, if there's a number of blocks in the dxf, that I want to fix, I can only do one, & then it won't allow for a second. That's even if I try them in the reverse order. One edit of a block & I'm done. If I could get a few of these things worked out I think it would work out fairly well.
Thanks, for any input;
i tried LIbreCAD this week. Little awkward but the program is super small and has the basics...this is my first semester in a long while not to tell the engineering students to download and use DraftSight...
I actually tried Libre to, because I had such a good experience with their office applications, but found the basics of moving my mouse etc. to sluggish & weird etc. For what I do, which is to export dxf's from Solidworks & clean them up, etc. after the transformation, nanoCAD, seems to work great, (Almost seemed like I was in Draftsight), of course except the fact that once I'm in the file I can't get out, without using the control, alt, delete, method, & I can only modify one block in a session. I presently am working with a support ticket, and I've sent them a dxf as they requested, so I'm hoping they can address these issues. For my casual use, that would be a nice free replacement, similar how libre worked for my Micro office at home. I'll try to post any developments.
So, I’ve found for my application the nanoCAD 5 free version is going to work fairly well. I had a ticket with support, but they just said the didn't produce the error with a file I sent, & another version upgrade would probably work better. For now, I have two work arounds that seem to be sufficient though.
I agree that LIbreCAD was disappointing in the lack of commands. My next experiment will be Onshape to see how it handles 2D drawings. That might lead me to nanoCAD as well.
I heard the Enterprise version is a one time cost and you are good for life. Anybody know what that cost might be?
"Come over to SolidWorks from your 2D CAD application! We'll help transition you into 3D by providing you with our exciting, free 2D product that will help you migrate and also manage any electrical, hydraulic, or any other 2D schematics you need to manage since our primary program's 2D sketcher is almost worthless for any complex 2D sketching. Join us, you won't be disappointed!"
"Great, thanks. I will spend tens of thousands of dollars based on your promises to provide a means to manage my legacy 2D CAD, your promises to allow me to run my license on two computers, and your promise that I can miss maintenance for an extended period of time and be able to renew in the future for a $500 penalty. I totally trust you, so here's my money. I will begin creating new legacy data in your system immediately. What a wonderful partnership!"
Just found out you are correct about the $500 for Enterprise but....It's for one seat and you actually have to buy 2 seats, so it's really $1000. That $1000 is good for life but the "Optional" maintenance is $300 per year.....every year.
Big increase from $0.00 initial cost and $0.00 for maintenance. Might be justifiable if you needed 24 seats but no good for us. Think we'll cough up the $100/seat per year.
If a customer had bought a Draftsight 2017 license. Does that mean he could not anymore activate it on a fresh Draftsight 2017 installation?.
My understanding is a year license is 365 days of service from the activation time on a single device. I'm not certain, my free licenses are starting to end on each device so I am uninstalling DraftSight.
+1 for nanocad here. well actually +3 users
I've not seen the problems of not being able to exit a file
I'm using eDrawings to simply view AutoCAD and have been playing with OnShape - nothing is perfect yet - going to give Nano a try next.
They made draftsight free to all, including people who never paid a bean to solidworks/dassault.
Now they withdrew what was a great free (or included?) tool from everyone, including their paying customers.
Solidworks, solidworks proffessional, solidworks premium - no matter how much you are already paying they no longer include this relatively low cost DWG view/editor for you!
I really think this is the stupidest way to piss of your customers!
For the sake of almost no revenue from those customers, just a whole lot of really bad feeling.
I'd much sooner figure out how to drive nanocad than pay more $$$ on top of what I'm already paying just to maintain existing functionality of your software offering!
How many solidworks customers on maintenance have shelled out their cash for draftsight?
I bet almost none, and I think any who did are foolish!
I used to run the DraftSight user group in Dallas and for the 50+ users that attended our meetings over two years - one person said they paid for DraftSight and that was because their boss wouldn't let "freeware" on their computers. But it is worse than you think - DSS was paying the original developer to add silly non-parametric 3D commands to Draftsight and to change it to an online version so the "progressive" DSS was wasting money on a "dead" product - they had to charge someone to add features no one wanted.
I bought a couple of licenses of CMS Intellicad, https://www.intellicadms.com/. They have perpetual standalone license that allows install on two computers, like the old SOLIDWORKS license agreement. Their 2D version is called PE and standalone is $179.95. They have 3D capabilities in PE Plus for $279.95. Both come with API for programming. It's not ACAD, but in my opinion, better than what DraftSight was and is now. They have network versions and also online license.
Also they are in DFW area!
I have been using Nanocad (or recommendation from others here on this forum) and quite happy with it but I always like to support local companies and will have to check them out.
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