DraftSight passes one million downloads mark

Free 2D CAD gaining popularity among students, DIYers and designers.

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by Design Engineering Staff

A year since its initial launch, DraftSight has surpassed one million downloads, Dassault Systemes announced. Based on Germany Graebert GmbH’s ARES platform, the free 2D CAD tool offers functionality similar to AutoCAD LT and allows users to open and edit DWG files back to version 2.5 and save to DWG versions R12 to R2007 – 2010 using the Open Design Alliance’s (ODA) Teigha Classic for .dwg libraries.

Since it’s launch, DraftSight has been generally available for Windows but Dassault also introduced a first and second beta for Mac and a beta version for Linux (Ubuntu, Fedora, Suse and Mandriva). Along with these products, DraftSight unveiled its own online community to provide tutorials and user support forums.

“We couldn’t be happier about reaching this milestone,” said Aaron Kelly, senior director, DraftSight, Dassault Systèmes. “From the start, it has been our intent to offer a valuable product for engineers and designers while giving them the opportunity to provide feedback on its future growth. We want to thank our users for the support and consistent response to DraftSight, and we look forward to continued shared success.”

For commercial users, DraftSight offers a Premium Service Pack that includes, for a minimal fee, telephone and email support, a network license and access to APIs and API updates. For educators, a Classroom or Campus Pack is available with curriculum materials, network licensing, access to APIs and API updates and telephone and email support.