Free DraftSight For Mac Released

Autodesk recently announced AutoCAD for Mac. But the product has not yet been released to the public. Autodesk has put an embargo on beta testers and the only news about the product is from Autodesk employees, who not surprisingly, are raving mad about it and whetting people’s appetites.

On the other hand, SolidWorks quietly showed DraftSight for Mac to a few bloggers they invited to their Blogger Press Day event a couple of weeks ago. Here is a screen shot.

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Today Dassault Systemes released DraftSight for Mac. As promised, its free and can be downloaded from

This reminds me of something I wrote in a previous post titled “$0 DraftSight For Mac To Be Released Before $4000 AutoCAD For Mac“:

“So as I see things happening, on Windows, $0 DraftSight will need to try its best to dislodge the $4000 AutoCAD. Whereas on the Mac, the $4000 AutoCAD will need to do much more than its best to try and dislodge the $0 DraftSight.”

So while you wait for Autodesk to release AutoCAD for Mac, you can take DraftSight for a spin. If you do I’d appreciate if you left a comment with your first impressions.

Frankly, I’m not sure whether it was a good idea on the part of Autodesk to close the AutoCAD for Mac beta program for new participants the day they announced the product. They have their own reasons for doing that, but I think it would have been better to instead open up the beta program to everyone after the product announcement. I say this because now we have a situation where Autodesk has peaked the interest of its AutoCAD install base for a native Mac 2D CAD application and Dassault Systemes will ride on that interest by offering DraftSight for Mac before any of these AutoCAD users can even try AutoCAD for Mac.

  • Rotwang

    I’m testing DraftSight for the Mac – so far, it’s identical to ARES CE, and even better in some aspects. The printing bug in ARES, where all content inside viewports won’t print, is solved in DraftSight!

    The program is easy to install, fast and, so far, has opened all my DWG drawings without a glitch. Autodesk will be hard-pressed to beat DraftSight, considering its price.

  • Mr. Ed

    I have downloaded is several times, all my MAC OSX Snow Leopard is up to date but the program will not install???

  • Mr. Ed

    Actually it is installed but will not open?? I get a dialog box that says “library not loaded” reason “image not found”???

  • John

    I downloaded and installed it last night on my iMac (Leopard OS 10.5.8) without a glitch.

    Seems to work well. I’m primarily a Windows user so it will take a little time to the floating graphics windows (like Gimp).

    So far it is fast and smooth. Printing setup was a bit confusing at first, but got it figured out.

    It will be interesting to see how it stacks up to other Mac CAD programs.

  • jdg1

    I’m a solidworks user on a mac (through vnc) so I have been excited to try a mac dwg editor. I have to admit being quite befuddled by this product.

    I’ve been using PowerCadd for years to do my 2D design. I don’t understand why Dassault would institute such a command line focused product. The core functionality is nice and stable, graphics are good. But because of the command line focus, relatively simple tasks become complex. I’ll give it some more time, but so far, I keep drifting back to PowerCadd.

  • Coolinthesun

    I ve downloaded it but how do i run it?

  • Edmanski

    Works fine, but crashes after every print. Doesn’t save print settings either… Any ideas?