DraftSight 2019 – Reasons to Upgrade Part 2

OK, so last week, we started a series of blogs on the reasons to upgrade to DraftSight 2019.  The most obvious one is the fact that the free versions of DraftSight go End of Life on December 31st 2019.  Last week we covered the new 3D Modeling and Solid Editing functionality for Premium and Enterprise users.  This week we will cover some of the other features that appear in DraftSight 2019 and not in older versions.

First up is Image Tracer (DraftSight Professional, Premium, Enterprise and Enterprise Plus only).  Image Trace allows you to import a Raster Image into DraftSight 2019 and then convert it to DraftSight Entities that you can then edit and manipulate.  Images like Logos, Floor Plans and Schematics can be converted with a few clicks.

Next is HomeByMe Integration (DraftSight Professional, Premium, Enterprise and Enterprise Plus only).  If you are not familiar with HomeByMe, it’s an Online Interior Design Application by Dassault Systèmes.  It allows you to design and decorate your home in 3D.  Now that HomeByMe is integrated into DraftSight 2019, these designs can be imported directly into DraftSight and users can create dimension ed, working drawings from their original HomeByMe project.

DraftSight 2019 also includes a new Import Ribbon Tab (All Versions).  This new ribbon tab which allows users to quickly import or attach files such as DGN, PDFs, DWG and other Image file types all from the one easy to use menu.

One of my favourite new tools in DraftSight 2019 is Drag and Move (All Versions).  Previously in DraftSight, moving an entity meant selecting the move command, then selecting the entity, then selecting the from points and the to points.  In DraftSight 2019, it’s a lot easier.  To move an object in DraftSight 2019, just click on the object and drag it to it’s new location!

How many times have you created a drawing, then hatched an area, only for something to change at a later stage and you have to go to the trouble of redoing the hatch.  Well, in DraftSight 2019, we’ve included a new Trimming a Hatch (All Versions) feature that allows users the trim hatches using either the Trim or the PowerTrim command.  It’s a very quick and easy command to use!

The final new feature in DraftSight 2019 that we will cover today is the ability to Use Formulas in Tables (DraftSight Professional, Premium, Enterprise and Enterprise Plus only).  DraftSight 2019 users now have the ability to use formulas in tables within DraftSight, just like you would in any spreadsheet application.

So, that’s just a few more reasons to upgrade to DraftSight 2019.  In our next blog, we will cover a few more of our favourite features, so stay tuned!


DraftSight 2019 for Windows® is offered in paid versions only.
Once you download and install DraftSight 2019 (free 30-day trial or purchased version), you will no longer be able to re-download or access any previous free version of DraftSight (2018 or earlier). All free versions of DraftSight (2018 or earlier) will cease to run after 12/31/2019.

Learn more about DraftSight 2019 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!