Unlocking Efficiency with DraftSight’s Data Link Manager Feature

In the realm of computer-aided design software, DraftSight has been a prominent name catering to the needs of designers, engineers, architects, and professionals across various industries. Its robust suite of tools continuously evolves with the introduction of a standout feature that enhances efficiency and streamlines workflows: the Data Link Manager.

What is Data Link Manager?

DraftSight’s Data Link Manager is a powerful tool designed to establish a seamless connection between your drawings and external data sources. It allows users to link spreadsheet data directly into their DraftSight drawings, enabling the creation of dynamic links between the two. This feature facilitates real-time updates and synchronization, ensuring that changes made in the linked data source reflect instantly within the drawing.

How Does it Work?

Data Link Manager operates through a straightforward process. Users can establish connections with various data sources such as Microsoft Excel spreadsheets or CSV files. Once linked, the selected data fields can be imported directly into the DraftSight drawing, usually in the form of a table. Any alterations or updates made to the original data source automatically propagate within the drawing, maintaining accuracy and consistency without the need for manual adjustments.

Benefits of Data Link Manager:

1. Real-Time Updates:

The ability to link external data sources ensures that any modifications made to the original dataset are instantly reflected in the associated DraftSight drawing. This real-time synchronization minimizes errors and ensures accuracy across the project.

2. Enhanced Efficiency:

By eliminating manual data entry and the need to update information in multiple locations, Data Link Manager significantly enhances workflow efficiency. Users can focus more on design iterations and critical aspects of the project rather than spending time on redundant data entry tasks.

3. Data Accuracy and Consistency:

Maintaining data accuracy is crucial in any project. With Data Link Manager, the risk of inconsistencies between the drawing and external data sources is mitigated. This feature ensures that the information displayed in the drawing is always up-to-date and aligned with one source of truth.

4. Customization and Control:

Users have the flexibility to customize which data fields are linked to the drawing, tailoring the display according to specific project requirements. Additionally, the feature offers control over the appearance and formatting of imported data within the DraftSight environment. Creating these links enables added flexibility by allowing users who do not have DraftSight installed on their machine to edit data that appears in drawings.

Applications in Various Industries:

The versatility of Data Link Manager extends across multiple industries. Architects can link room schedules or material lists directly to their drawings. Engineers can integrate bill of materials or equipment specifications effortlessly. Moreover, it finds application in manufacturing, facility management, and beyond, catering to the diverse needs of professionals in different sectors.


DraftSight’s Data Link Manager is a game-changer in the CAD landscape, revolutionizing the way designers and engineers interact with external data sources. Its seamless integration, real-time updates, and efficiency-boosting capabilities make it an invaluable asset for professionals seeking accuracy, productivity, and streamlined workflows in their projects.

Discover the power of Data Link Manager and witness the transformation it brings to your CAD projects!

Stay tuned for the next topic in our “What’s New in 2024” blog series where we’ll discuss the amazing new Merge Layer capability.

Jack Lane

Jack Lane

Jack is an Application Engineer for DraftSight, and has 12 years of 2D and 3D CAD experience in both professional and educational environments. Prior to working for Dassault Systèmes, he was a Mechanical Design Engineer for SwimEx Inc., and an Aquatic System Design Engineer for Weston & Sampson Inc. He has his BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.