DraftSight 2018 Launches


DraftSight 2018
was released this week and is now available for download from DraftSight.com  We’re very excited by the new features in this latest release of DraftSight and we think you will be too!

So, just what are these new features in DraftSight 2018 I hear you ask. Well, the list below contains some of the major new features and enhancements:

  • Available in all versions of DraftSight:
    • Entity Highlighting
    • Redefine Base Point
  • Available only in DraftSight Professional and Enterprise:
    • Quick Inputs Method
    • Placing Dimensions within Widgets
    • Copying / Pasting Entities to the Active Layer
    • Enhancements to G-Code funtionality
    • Arrow Key Nudging
    • Curved Text

Now you’re probably wondering just what each one of those new features does! Let me explain briefly.

Quick Inputs Method: Previously, all commands and numeric inputs were entered at the Command Window. Uusers can now enter those values directly in the drawing area.

Placing Dimensions with Dimension Widgets: Users can now place dimensions automatically along Bounding Boxes aligned with other dimensions and spaced with the predefined offset distances

Copying / Pasting Entities to the Active Layer: Users can now Copy and Paste selected entities with new options to the active layer instead of the source layer.

Enhancements to G-Code functionality: We’ve re-worked the G-code user interface and added program append capability.

Entity Highlighting: Colored highlighting replaces legacy dashed-style highlighting allowing users to easily distinguish selected entities.

Arrow Key Nudging: Users can now use the Shift + Arrow keys to move selected entities according to a specified increment.

Curved Text: Users can now place text along an arc to better control the text direction and location.

Redefine Base Point: Users can now set a new base point for a block using the right mouse button.

Over the coming weeks on this blog, we will explain all the new features in DraftSight 2018 and will also have instructional videos available, so users can work at their own pace when learning these new features.

What are the recommended requirements for running DraftSight 2018 you’re probably wondering. Well I’ve listed them below.

Windows OS

OS X

Linux OS

So, that’s a very brief introduction to DraftSight 2018 and some of it’s new features.  As I said above, over the coming weeks, we will delve deeper into these new features and explain, in simple terms, just how to get the best out of them.

Learn more about DraftSight 2018 here

Purchase DraftSight Professional 2018 for as low as $99 here.

MJ Smyth
The first time I used CAD, it was on a DOS PC with an 8088 processor, 640K of memory and a Hercules Mono Graphics Card... That, well that was a long long time ago.I switched to DraftSight the day it was released and haven't looked back!
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  • Ferdaus Al Amin

    DraftSight does not run in Ubuntu 17.10

  • Matthew Wilson

    Draftsight 2018 has a lot of the same issues 2017 had when it first launched. It runs slow and has issues with editing blocks. When I edit a block and then save it. It disappears from the drawing. If I save the drawing and then reopen it. The block is there with the changes. This was a problem with 2017 when it first came out. They corrected it with later service packs. I just figured it wouldn’t be an issue again. Obviously they didn’t include changes they made in later service packs in the 2018 release