AutoCAD is an immensely popular CAD software used world-wide which let’s engineers to design products and make layouts. AutoCAD’s 2D module is more used than the 3D module. Unfortunately, AutoCAD is made only for Windows OS and won’t work on Linux. Of course, there is Wine for Linux which can let you run any Windows program on Linux, but you won’t get the shear performance. It’s like running a virtual Windows OS inside Linux.
Nothing to worry, we have DraftSight! Developed and released for free use by ‘Dassault Systemes’ who are makers of stupendously famous CATIA V5 and now V6, DraftSight is a great potential as AutoCAD replacement for Linux users.
Important Features of DraftSight
- Supports Layers
- Command line input
- Read and write support for DWG/DXF files
- Save DWG/DXF files back to previous versions
- Attach image files (.bmp, .gif, .jpg, .jpeg, .png, .tif, & .tiff)
- Save as .jpeg, .pdf, .png, .sld, .svg, .tif, & .stl file formats
- Publish to eDrawings or Drawings Now
- Arcs, circles, lines, Ellipses, elliptical arcs, and more 2D elements
- Tolerances, Leaders & CenterMarks
- Trim & extend, and more editing commands.
- and much more.
Install DraftSight on Ubuntu, Linux Mint, and elementary OS
Dassault Systemes have provided .deb file which can be downloaded from the official website. After download is complete, you can double-click the draftSight.deb and follow the on-screen instructions.
Install DraftSight on Fedora
Similarly, there is RPM binary for Fedora which is again a straight forward installation.
The application runs trial for 30 days, but you can enter your email ID when you first launch the program and get a lifetime free activation!