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DraftSight Leaves Beta

By Design Engineering Staff   

CAD/CAM/CAE CAD Dassault Systemes DraftSight DWG DWG files

Free 2D drafting software downloaded by more than 400,000 users during beta test.

Vélizy-Villacoublay, France, — Dassault Systèmes’ DraftSight for Windows, the company’s free 2D drafting software that allows users to create, edit and view DWG files, has officially passed out of the beta stage and is now available for general release.

According to the company, more than 400,000 users downloaded DraftSight during its beta phase, which began in June 2010. Compatible with Windows XP, Vista and 7, the general release includes the ability to change environment variables from the command line and help files localized to 14 languages. (Complete feature list)

One potential gotcha with DraftSight is that LISP and other programming options aren’t available in the free version. If users need telephone support, a network license or programming APIs (LISP, C++), they’ll have to upgrade to the paid-for Premium version. Similarly, schools can opt for DraftSight Premium for Education packages.

However, those who want to stick with the free version, Dassault has set up an online community that includes video tutorials and support forums.



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