DraftSight: Dare to Compare!

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While browsing sections of the ribbon I’m less familiar with, I stumbled upon DraftSight’s Draw Compare feature, which analyzes the differences and similarities between two of my saved drafts.

I was ecstatic to find this icon, because I recently sent out one of my drafts to a friend to make edits, but couldn’t easily decipher all the changes she’d made. Luckily, I discovered the Draw Compare function before I started contrasting the two manually – saving me time and frustration.

The Draw Compare icon is located under the Add-ins tab of the ribbon. Once selected, you can specify the drawings you want to compare by clicking on the two Browse options. Then, your drawings will appear in separate boxes labeled Drawing 1 and Drawing 2.

In order for their differences to be displayed, select the Compare Drawings icon located in the top left corner. You can customize which differences are shown by checking and unchecking the Additions and Removals boxes.

As their names suggest, the Additions box portrays entities that were added to Drawing 1 to make Drawing 2, and the Removals are entities that were removed from Drawing 1 to make Drawing 2.

To the left of the Compare Drawings icon, there are two zooming options, Zoom Area and Zoom Fit. These features operate identically to how they do in the regular DraftSight drawing window – allowing you to magnify any portion of your drawings and then return to a fitted view whenever you please.

Lastly, DraftSight gives you the option to change the colors of your difference lines by selecting the colored boxes next to the Browse icons, and choosing your color of choice.

I hope this post encourages you to use the Draw Compare command to easily differentiate your saved drafts!

Check out the video below to see what it can do!

 

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Rachael Crunkleton
I’m a first time CAD user with an interest in architectural design. I discovered CAD through my background in presenting applications and studying new types of software. With the help of DraftSight, I’m developing my drawing abilities and sharing my progress along the way.
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