In the past year, DraftSight has launched the general availability of the product for Windows as well as a first and second beta for Mac. They have also recently, launched a highly anticipated beta version of DraftSight for Linux.
With the coming of this software, came the DraftSight community, an online collection of people coming together, comparing and sharing learning resources as well as an open dialogue about what is needed in the most practical sense for the software.
This community is one of the first social networks designed by engineers for engineers, designers and architects.
“We couldn’t be happier about reaching this milestone,” said Aaron Kelly, senior director, DraftSight, Dassault Systèmes. “From the start, it has been our intent to offer a valuable product for engineers and designers while giving them the opportunity to provide feedback on its future growth. We want to thank our users for the support and consistent response to DraftSight, and we look forward to continued shared success.”
“From evaluating tools to help with the Gulf of Mexico oil spill clean up to developing beautiful yachts, users worldwide have implemented DraftSight in resourceful and inspiring ways.”
The point is DraftSight is growing. Even schools, such as Weber State University, Utah, are offering a DraftSight education for engineering students. Thus, leading to the creation of a Hovercraft Autonomous Target Vehicle (HATV) developed for possible use in U.S. Air Force pilot training.
What We Think
We have been watching the emergence of Dassault’s DraftSight with great interest. It seems that every month, more and more user success stories are featured on their online community, encouraging new users to submit projects showing the inventive ways in which they’re using the product.
It is clear that Dassault Systèmes’ is very proud of its product. Surpassing one million downloads is no insignificant deal. That is a lot of software out in the wild, even if a great proportion of it is in experimental or secondary use.
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Or to see the online community itself.
About 20 or so of that one million downloads were by me, BUT…
I have NOT yet got DraftSight to open at all.
Their “customer service” is non-existant.
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