Dassault Systemes didn't just license Graebert's ARES, and then dump it out there as DraftSight for free. They've gotten Graebert to add features, making DraftSight more and more viable as an AutoCAD alternative. Well, of course, that's was the master plan all along -- displacing AutoCAD, I mean.
It now runs more more operating systems than does AutoCAD, and last week's update adds a few more keen features to catch up a bit more with AutoCAD:
- One command to place every kind of dimension: linear, aligned, radial, diametrical, arc length, and angular. Now, the interface is a bit awkward, since the command-prompt area becomes a hodge-podge of options, but it is a first good step. (In AutoCAD: QDIM)
- You can place dimensions in sheet view (paper space of layout tabs), and have them connect to geometry in model space. Prviously, dimensions were only allowed in model space. (Also in AutoCAD.)
- Click a dimension node (grip) to flip the arrowheads in or out. (In AutoCAD: AiDimFlipArrow)