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Draftsight 2019 - no longer Free
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Draftsight 2019 - no longer Free

RE: Draftsight 2019 - no longer Free

Not surprised. The apparent point of any free software by a for-profit group is to undercut the competitor's sales. If marketing determined that this was not working, then there's no point in making it free anymore.

Cloud-based = permanently paying to access your files. It's a legal form of ransomware.

CAD companies are all tightening up as they can no longer provide the levels of growth they once did as the market fills. This will continue to pressure the low end users out of the market.

RE: Draftsight 2019 - no longer Free

So I am no longer going to be able to use my DS 2105. This really pi$$es me off. Suppose I'll be looking for my next, free, .dwg compatible for my hobby use. If any...

Regards,

Mike

The problem with sloppy work is that the supply FAR EXCEEDS the demand

RE: Draftsight 2019 - no longer Free

(OP)
I have already downloaded LibreCAD - Looks great for a free source 2D software.

Scott Baugh, CSWP pc2
CAD Systems Manager
Evapar

www.evapar.com

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RE: Draftsight 2019 - no longer Free

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3DDave

Quote (Cloud-based = permanently paying to access your files. It's a legal form of ransomware.)


You know I have never thought about it like that but you are absolutely correct! We have no plans to switch to cloud CAD. I bet all these changes are going to force a reaction from hackers to find a way to break into versions of CAD that more secure nowadays and are not on the cloud. More power to them if they do, because like you mentioned its a legal ransomware and its right for us not to own the files that we create.

Scott Baugh, CSWP pc2
CAD Systems Manager
Evapar

www.evapar.com

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RE: Draftsight 2019 - no longer Free

If the pricing wasn't per year I'd buy a copy as Draftsight's support for importing/converting/exporting between different versions of DWG is excellent. this is what I mainly use it for. Can LibreCAD even write out an Autocad dwg ? Trueview will prob do as a viewer but it's no substitute for Draftsight.

RE: Draftsight 2019 - no longer Free

I'm not surprised either, but I'm glad- I can finally make the business case to move our entire engineering staff over to AutoDesk. Thanks, Dassault.

RE: Draftsight 2019 - no longer Free


Instead of Draftsight you can use Solid Edge Free2D:
https://www.plm.automation.siemens.com/plmapp/educ...
That is free professional 2D CAD plus free Viewer (Solid Edge, Parasolid, STEP, STL, JT, IGES, DWG, DXF).

For professional 3D cloud CAD my favorite is Onshape:
https://www.onshape.com/products/free
FreePlan with full CAD functionality, sheet metal and PDM. Available for open source and public projects.

RE: Draftsight 2019 - no longer Free

Is Solidedge 2D completely free for commercial use ? I've been looking for the EULA but it points you to the full Solidedge EULA.

RE: Draftsight 2019 - no longer Free

"Solid Edge 2D Drafting
Free 2D CAD Software
Whether you need to use 2D CAD software across your company or for a specific 2D design process, Solid Edge 2D Drafting provides production-proven 2D drafting software - for free."

RE: Draftsight 2019 - no longer Free

*&%@#(*!!
I just smashed my face into this too. I use DraftSight about 10 times a year to cobble up a cnc router part or a field wiring diagram. I've always cursed the Dassault idiots because on two computers at least one would be whining about needing to be "activated" every rare time I opened it. Really aggravating, especially since the activation process was broken about half the time. So today the same thing 'you must activate (again!)' but with that nasty in-red you shall bend over after December.

I thought about using a cracked version to keep the files on MY computer instead of their cloud. Hilariously my anti virus program found and nixed the keycracker every time it opened. It would appear and in the time it took to read the file name it would vaporize it and my antiV would pop up a window to inform me of a 'save'.

I'm glad to hear there are some alternatives. I'll be trying them soon.

Keith Cress
kcress - http://www.flaminsystems.com

RE: Draftsight 2019 - no longer Free

(OP)
I found a cool piece of free 2D CAD software. Nanocad - Thus far I like it better than Solid Edge 2D or Libre

Scott Baugh, CSWP pc2
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Evapar

www.evapar.com

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