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Switch from DraftSight

Post by ColoradoWayne » Thu Oct 31, 2019 9:51 pm

DraftSight (AutoCad clone) is changing things up soon so it's time to find a new drawing program. Based on what I've read in this area, it seems most folks are pretty happy with Corel Draw. Anyone have any recommendations or cautions with this switch? I have an extensive library of dxf files and don't see myself converting them to svg unless they need modification. Guess I will need an external dxf to svg converter though, right? Anyone made this switch that can offer any insight? Thanks.
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Re: Switch from DraftSight

Post by djreiswig » Thu Oct 31, 2019 10:57 pm

I guess you could always pay them $99/ year and keep using Draftsight.
I'm in the same boat. Not gonna happen for the little I use it. Maybe qcad. It's still free at the moment.
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Re: Switch from DraftSight

Post by ColoradoWayne » Thu Oct 31, 2019 11:05 pm

Yup, not worth the money to me either. I see CorelDraw is less than $100 on ebay for a lifetime license. I'm playing with the free trial version and finding it seems to like to save everything in splines which does not work for me. I've played with FreeCad and so far not thrilled with that. I don't mind paying $100 or so, but then leave me alone - no forced updates or subscriptions.
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Re: Switch from DraftSight

Post by djreiswig » Fri Nov 01, 2019 12:47 am

Agree with your last sentence. I think they used to offer a one time purchase version, but it looks like subscription is the only way now. It's a shame they're killing the free version that we're using now. I would be happy if the latest free version would just keep working. I don't have any use for all of the 3d stuff, but it looks like that is where everyone is going. Hopefully it backfires on them and people go elsewhere.

A friend used TurboCad for a while before we found Draftsight. I think I've seen old versions on eBay.
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Re: Switch from DraftSight

Post by ColoradoWayne » Wed Jan 01, 2020 2:03 pm

It is Jan 1 at noon and my Draftsight still opens. Hmmmmm?
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Re: Switch from DraftSight

Post by djreiswig » Wed Jan 01, 2020 5:39 pm

Probably die when it's time to reregister.
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Re: Switch from DraftSight

Post by ColoradoWayne » Wed Jan 01, 2020 9:12 pm

I didn't think of that. Makes sense though. Guess I'll find out in about 32 days.
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Re: Switch from DraftSight

Post by JBaumert » Sat Jan 04, 2020 7:27 pm

I switched to the "free" version of NanoCAD when DraftSight decided to go paid and kill the old versions. Basically it's an "AutoCAD" clone and works well.

https://nanocad.com/products/nanoCAD/download/

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Re: Switch from DraftSight

Post by sdalcher » Fri Apr 03, 2020 10:07 pm

I use DraftSight everyday at work running our laser cutter, I was pretty bummed when they changed their pricing structure, but it’s only $99 year, so I went ahead and paid a year subscription for my personal use. I love the simplicity and the ability to command line input, since that’s the way I learned CAD 30 years ago. I created a few DraftSight tutorial videos on my YouTube page that I would be happy to share if anyone wanted. Just drop me a PM.

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Re: Switch from DraftSight

Post by beefy » Sat Apr 04, 2020 7:53 am

djreiswig wrote:
Fri Nov 01, 2019 12:47 am
Agree with your last sentence. I think they used to offer a one time purchase version, but it looks like subscription is the only way now.
I've got a perpetual license of Coreldraw 2019 and at the time I upgraded that was the last of the perpetual licenses.

Looks like they've changed back again because now I keep getting pop ups for the 2020 version in subscription AND perpetual. However, subscription is asking Australian $550/year, and perpetual is asking A$1100.

I don't think I'll be upgrading any more. I've lost a lot of trust with Corel after their campaign not so long ago where they suddenly told many users they had a pirate version. Heard quite a few complaints where customers said they bought direct from Corel and were being told they had a pirate version.

I'd been using X5 for many years, and had registered several times as I re-installed on upgraded computers. No problems then wham, my version is suddenly a pirate one. Anyway, after I upgraded to 2019 I found out the DXF export did not work correctly with layers. Went through a lot of frustration with Corel Support and their final words were along the lines of, "This will not be fixed anytime soon". So I upgrade and end up with that, unbelievable, and what pathetic "support".

I see this Coreldraw section of the forum has gone extremely quiet compared to a few years ago. Wonder why........
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