DraftSight vs AutoCAD

No contest! Why would you choose AutoCAD when you can get the same functionality - and more - at a lower cost with DraftSight? We tell you everything you need to know...

Still using AutoCAD? Five reasons to switch to DraftSight:

1: DraftSight is the proven 2D and 3D CAD solution for creating, editing, viewing and sharing DWG files with greater ease, speed and efficiency.

2: Flexible licensing choices: Subscription, Perpetual, or Network!

3: It’s an easy transition from AutoCAD with a familiar user interface, commands, and full compatibility with existing drawings and data, such as Dynamic Blocks.

4: DraftSight gives you the capabilities of AutoCAD at a much lower cost!

5: You’ll get the ROI you deserve without sacrificing quality or productivity.

Take a first look at DraftSight – Watch the video!

Can DraftSight really replace your AutoCAD? Spoiler: Yes, it can!

Lynn Allen spent over 20 years with Autodesk promoting its annual releases, producing hundreds of video tips, writing countless articles for Cadalyst Magazine and writing three AutoCAD books.  There aren’t many people out there who know more about AutoCAD and now she’s sharing her thoughts in this new on-demand webinar.

See for yourself as Lynn demonstrates how easy the transition to DraftSight can be.

Topics covered: Installation, User Interface, Key commands, Features, File compatibility, LISP routines, APIs, Constraints, Product and licensing options.

Watch now to see how DraftSight compares to AutoCAD.

Maximise the return on your CAD software investment with DraftSight.

Many companies rely on 2D CAD software for maintaining legacy data, supporting traditional processes/workflows, developing schematic designs/layouts, managing and marking up drawings.

Your CAD software should give you a strong cost to benefit ratio, providing the functionality you need while improving your bottom line. Are you truly able to say this about your current set up?

Read the guide to find out how to evaluate the ROI of your 2D CAD.

Call Innova Systems on 01223 200690 to get started with DraftSight.

How CentraSep switched from AutoCAD to DraftSight.

Disillusioned with AutoCAD, the CentraSep Technologies team were challenged with finding a better 2D CAD solution to accelerate centrifuge quoting, sales, and development processes.

Whatever they chose had to be fully compatible with their SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD set up and DraftSight Professional was exactly what they needed.

Read the case study to find out why CentraSep recommend DraftSight.

"Because DraftSight and SOLIDWORKS are part of the same product family - and are compatible - we can go back and forth between both systems"

Transitioning from AutoCAD to DraftSight is easier than you think!

When you’re struggling with your legacy CAD relationship you can either continue on as you are suffering, or start looking for a solution. What you don’t need is more hassle than you already have!

Thankfully, DraftSight and Innova Systems can help make the transition easy for you. You won’t experience the drop in production you may find with other CAD software, since the look and feel is so familiar for AutoCAD users.

Hit the ground running with this helpful guide to swapping AutoCAD for DraftSight.

You'll be up and running in no time with DraftSight.

DraftSight product range.



For: Companies, individuals & designers.

Advanced 2D CAD drafting with powerful, time-saving functionalities & an API to help bring your designs to life quickly and easily.



For: Individuals, designers, companies, manufacturers & makers.

Complete 2D drafting & 3D design capabilities & constraints features. For drafting, modelling, prototyping, manufacturing, laser cutting & 3D printing.



For: Large multi-site, multi-user organisations.

Comprehensive 2D drafting & 3D design solution for drafting, modelling, prototyping, manufacturing, laser cutting & 3D printing. Includes license networking and tech support.


Compare DraftSight features.

Product feature ProfessionalPro PremiumPrem
+2D Design Tools
  • Create basic elements such as lines, polylines, arcs, circles, ellipses, layers, blocks, and others.
Yes Yes
+2D Documentation Tools
  • Create basic annotation elements such as notes, dimensions, tables, hatches, clouds, and others.
Yes Yes
+Community Resources
  • Offer learning resources and a collaborative environment to interact with your peers, ask questions, and share opinions.
Yes Yes
+PDF Underlay
  • Attach pages of a PDF document to a drawing.
Yes Yes
  • Quickly generate hardware, holes, balloons, Bills of Materials (BOMs), welding and surface finish symbols.
Yes Yes
+Batch Printing
  • Send a set of drawings and sheets to printers in a batch job.
Yes Yes
+Drawing Compare
  • Compare graphically similar entities between two drawing documents.
Yes Yes
+Power Trim
  • Trim multiple, adjacent entities by dragging the pointer across each entity.
Yes Yes
+G-Code Generator
  • Communicate with a CNC machine for fabrication.
Yes Yes
+DGN Import
  • Directly import and convert the DGN file format drawing into a DraftSight project for direct editing.
Yes Yes
+DraftSight APIs
  • Allow end users or third-party developers to customise and automate DraftSight.
Yes Yes
+Image Tracer
  • Convert an imported raster image file (ex. floor plan, logo) into vectorized line entities.
Yes Yes
+Using Formulas in Table Cells
  • Use formulas in cells with arithmetic operators and the Sum, Average, and Count functions.
Yes Yes
+Trimming of Hatches and Gradients
  • Trim hatches and gradients with the Trim and PowerTrim commands.
Yes Yes
+3D Modelling Tools
  • Introduces 3D modeling using basic geometrical shapes (ex. Box, Pyramid) or other methods (ex. Extrude, Revolve) with Boolean operations (e.g. Union, Subtract).
+2D Constraints
  • Use 2D Constraints to control drawing entities parametrically by specifying geometric and dimensional properties of entities.