Discover DraftSight 2016: faster performance, advanced customization capabilities and more to help increase your efficiency and productivity.
This release introduces the new customizable ribbon user interface, new commands for visibility, selection and annotation scaling, and more. Get a quick overview with the video on the right, and watch step-by-step videos on each feature below.
Explore more videos below to learn how you can further increase your productivity with the powerful features available in DraftSight Professional.
Display and manage your custom-made quick access toolbar, tab and panel.
Quickly access your favorite tools and commands by customizing your workspace.
New commands to add, remove, reset, update and assign scales to annotation entities.
Enhanced block attributes with multiline editing and formatting capabilities for flexible use.
Quickly hide, isolate, unisolate and select matching entities with simple commands.
Navigate to any file and be able to select a block, text style, lines style or dimension style for your current file.
Graphically compare similar drawings to visually see the differences between the two. Simply navigate to each of the files and click the compare button. The differences will appear in the graphic window.
Navigate to a file, a series of files, or even a folder of files, and send them to print without opening the file. This is particularly useful when printing out all the documentation for a project.
Insert PDFs into a drawing, and allow them to keep their useful features such as layers. If a PDF has been created from a document and contains layers, users can turn these layers on or off using the Format PDF Layer tool.
Cycle through all of the layers in a file and visually see what is on each layer. Select multiple layers, and set the file to show only the layers displayed if needed.
Trim and extend entities simply by dragging the cursor over the objects to be modified. There is no need to select boundary lines. In addition, entities can be extended while in this command.
One of the most requested updates to DraftSight by users. In one command, rotate, move, copy and even scale entities.
Clean up a drawing file by deleting lines that are created on top of existing lines, abutting (end to end) lines and overlapping lines. For lines that overlap and abut, use this command to merge the two entities.
Click the F4 button on the keyboard, the last 12 drawing files opened will graphically appear in the window. The user will simply need to click the image to open a specific file.
Update the formatting of all dimensions in place without the need to use the Properties Palette.
Create the G-code for the machining of the part. G-Code is an NC (numerically controlled) programming language used for controlling automated machine tools. With the preview window, you can watch the tool path that was generated. This will output the G-Code to a simple .txt file that you can open and edit if needed. Also, you can open a previously created G-Code file and check the tool paths in DraftSight.
Use the hardware dialog to insert standard hardware such as Bolts and Screws, Nuts, Washers and Pins. Also, select the creation method in order to insert the hardware in the proper view orientation. With the creating of screw threads, choose between simplified, schematic or detailed creation methods.
Use the Hole dialog to insert standard holes such as counterbore, countersink, thru, tapped and slots. Also, select the creation method to insert the hole in the proper view orientation. By using the hole dialog, you will have access to callouts and hole tables.
Use the Hole Table feature in order to add automatically-generated Hole Tables to the drawing. Coupled with the use of the Hole feature, the Hole Table will recognize the toolbox hole, and build a table that includes the X, Y orientation based on an origin point. Also, each different sized hole will be assigned a reference number for ease in locating in the drawing.
Use the callout feature to define the size and type of hole. The callout can be defined using the more common symbolic type, or the traditional text style designation.
Add industry standard Welding Symbols to the drawing. All of the applicable options for the symbol are offers, such as the All Around symbol and Field weld symbol.
Add automatically-generated Balloons for assembly drawings. Select both toolbox and non-toolbox entities. With toolbox entities, the details are stored in the toolbox database. Items that are non-toolbox entities will need to be defined through the Toolbox – Edit Balloon dialog.
Add automatically-generated Bill of Materials to assembly drawings. Bill of Materials can be added once all of the items in the drawing have been defined by using the Balloon feature. Once the function is launched, select the location for the Bill of Material. All of the fields will be auto populated from the data input into the Edit Balloon Dialog, or from the toolbox data base.
Add industry standard Surface Finish Symbols to the drawing. Symbols can be added with a leader or without. Symbols can also be mirrored and flipped.
Add Revision Tables and Revision symbols to the drawing. Add detailed descriptions of the revision, locate the revision with a zone designation, and also add the symbol to the revised area of the drawing. Once the dialog has been completed, locate the table in the drawing and the table will be automatically created.
Create hardware stackups and insert them into the drawing as a single block.
Create a ribbon with a custom tab to host the ribbon panel, add rows to include your preferred commands, and adjust the icons to your preferred style.
Create your custom workspace to display and manage your custom-made quick access toolbar, tab and panel. Easily switch to your fully customized workspace when you return to the main project window.
Customize the Text and Dimension Styles to Annotative Scaling for consistent text height despite different viewport scales.
Create Multiline Attributes using the “Define Block Attributes” tool, and edit and format them using the Multiline Block Attribute Formatting pop-up toolbar.
Use the Layer State Manager to create customized layer states for different viewports. Hide or change the color or style of layers, entities and text.
Quickly hide or isolate entities and revert back, and efficiently select all entities based on their shared properties such as Layer, Line Color, and more.
Collapsible group boxes allow you to minimize or expand each Property Group to your preference. Windows Tab allows you to quickly switch between different views or different projects.
Discover DraftSight 2016’s enhancements to the user interface, visibility and selection, layer management, and annotation.