Navigating the World of Licensing Options with DraftSight

This year, licensing has been in the news with a large CAD provider making significant changes to the licensing model, transitioning all users to a named user licensing model and phasing out maintenance plans and subscriptions that allowed multi-user access.

These licensing model changes have a significant impact on CAD users who previously relied on network licenses. They are now required to purchase individual licenses for each user, leading to a substantial increase in costs. To illustrate, consider a team of 30 people who previously utilized 6 network licenses. Now, they must acquire 30 separate licenses to comply with the End User License Agreement (EULA). This sudden cost escalation emphasizes the importance of a licensing model that caters to businesses of diverse sizes and structures.

This is where network licensing plays a vital role. It allows companies to consolidate their network seats and effectively manage the evolving requirements of their rotating staff, all while maintaining control over costs. With DraftSight, we offer a choice of licenses to match the needs of your business. You have a choice of standalone products, shared network license products, and cloud products.

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If you are new to DraftSight, DraftSight is a 2D drafting Design and collaboration platform that offers best in class CAD solutions with a wide range of features and capabilities. It allows users to create, edit, view and markup any 2D or 3D DWG file with ease. With its familiar user-interface and common commands, it allows for a seamless transition from other 2D CAD solutions without any file conversion required.

Choice of Standalone Products

DraftSight offers on-premise options with term licensing, DraftSight Professional and DraftSight Premium, where one license equals DraftSight on one machine. DraftSight Professional contains all the essential 2D drawing capabilities, as well as Smart Dimensioning, Drawing Compare, and LISP support. DraftSight Premium further adds to these capabilities with the ability to create and edit custom blocks, batch PDF Import, 2D Constraints, 3D Modeling, and Sheet Set Manager. You can give DraftSight Premium a try by downloading a free 30-day trial.

One of DraftSight’s advantages across all product offerings is that it is highly compatible with legacy DWG files, with compatibility data going back to 1992. You can export/import DWG, DXF, DWF, and STL files. The software also allows you to make aliases for commands, making it easier to transition from other 2D CAD tools.

Another advantage of DraftSight is that its user-friendly interface looks and feels like other CAD tools you may already be familiar with. You can customize the tools and commands to your liking and set up a layout that can be deployed to your entire team. DraftSight also allows you to import PDFs, images, and other 3D formats.

Choice of Shared Network License Products

DraftSight Enterprise, DraftSight Enterprise Plus, and DraftSight Mechanical solutions provide network licensing options for CAD users who need the flexibility to pool their licenses for rotating staff. The DraftSight Enterprise solutions include all the features of DraftSight Professional, with the added benefit of network licensing and full technical support. The DraftSight Enterprise Plus solution also includes the advanced features in DraftSight Premium. DraftSight Mechanical builds upon the features of DraftSight Enterprise Plus and adds additional tools to support mechanical drawing, including managing BOM and parts lists, smart balloons, and frames, and importing, creating, and editing part references.

Choice of Cloud Products

Whether you are a small company in a single location or a multisite global corporation, your design and engineering teams must stay on the same page. 3DEXPERIENCE DraftSight solutions, bringing all your key stakeholders together on a single collaborative platform to streamline collaboration and naturally increases design efficiency.

3DEXPERIENCE DraftSight Professional supports 2D CAD drawing and collaboration needs, by enabling designers to create and share designs quickly and easily, allowing key stakeholders to give feedback throughout the design process. With the 3DEXPERIENCE platform, sharing up-to-date drawing files with everyone on the team is just a few clicks away with all the design data stored securely in the cloud.

3DEXPERIENCE DraftSight Premium provides even more options for managing data and supporting team collaboration with structured collaboration, integrated revision control, complex project management, lifecycle management, and issue tracking. 3DEXPERIENCE DraftSight Mechanical includes these same features with the additional Mechanical toolsets.

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DraftSight is an excellent option if you value a choice of licenses, along with its flexibility in file format, user-friendly interface, and helpful tutorials and demos. With DraftSight, users can easily switch to a more efficient and effective system for managing their licenses.

Proven DWG-file-based CAD at the best value on the market. DraftSight, brought to you by Dassault Systèmes, the 3DEXPERIENCE company, has been trusted by millions of users worldwide. DraftSight provides a familiar, intuitive 2D drafting experience with options for advanced productivity tools, 3D design capabilities, parametric constraints, and flexible licensing options including perpetual licenses and network licenses for organizations with multiple users or sites. DraftSight’s command and file compatibility and support for legacy drawings and data like Dynamic Blocks facilitate a quick transition from AutoCAD with a minimal learning curve. Visit to learn more.