DraftSight 2019 no longer free

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DraftSight 2019 no longer free

Postby kkremitzki » Fri Mar 22, 2019 6:44 pm

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Re: DraftSight 2019 no longer free

Postby -alex- » Fri Mar 22, 2019 11:07 pm

So, here we are....
Since few years I was wondering if someday they will ask for money. Now we know: 2019.
Thanks for the information
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Re: DraftSight 2019 no longer free

Postby triplus » Sat Mar 23, 2019 12:16 am

Ouch!
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Re: DraftSight 2019 no longer free

Postby bitacovir » Sat Mar 23, 2019 1:25 am

Another one that now is paid software is BabaCAD 2018. Old versions are still free, but there won't be free new versions.
https://www.babacad.com/Blog/ Anyway, I don't recommend it. It crashes like hell.

Another CAD more stable and still free is nanocad (no plus or anything. Just nanocad). https://nanocad.com/products/nanoCAD/
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Re: DraftSight 2019 no longer free

Postby NormandC » Sat Mar 23, 2019 5:38 am

And no perpetual license either, yearly renewable only!

I wonder what will happen will all older versions when yearly reactivation time comes! I'm guessing they'll force everybody to pay.

DraftSight's free nature was from the start a strategy to get AutoCAD customers to switch to SolidWorks (which they own) and give them the possibility to open their ACAD legacy files. They were in fact saying "see, 2D CAD is worth nothing now, we give it away to anyone". I guess that they now consider that they don't have anything more to gain.
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Re: DraftSight 2019 no longer free

Postby Opus » Sat Mar 23, 2019 9:14 am

It's a good thing for open source alternatives.
Software development is never free. 3ds did dumping.
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Re: DraftSight 2019 no longer free

Postby Opus » Sat Mar 23, 2019 10:29 am

NormandC wrote:
Sat Mar 23, 2019 5:38 am
I wonder what will happen will all older versions when yearly reactivation time comes! I'm guessing they'll force everybody to pay.
Good guess!
https://www.3ds.com/products-services/d ... draftsight
"All free versions of DraftSight (2018 or earlier) will cease to run after 12/31/2019."
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Re: DraftSight 2019 no longer free

Postby HarryGeier » Sat Mar 23, 2019 10:30 am

Once the investors want a payback.. tjhat is natural. So better some errors in a FREE FreeCAD instead of an error free programm that once turns out as a nother bait for another cashcow....
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Re: DraftSight 2019 no longer free

Postby chrisb » Sat Mar 23, 2019 12:34 pm

I bet it's not error/issue free either.
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Re: DraftSight 2019 no longer free

Postby looo » Sat Mar 23, 2019 3:24 pm

Mac and Linux users may access DraftSight 2019 Beta below at no cost.
https://www.3ds.com/products-services/d ... draftsight