Directly import and convert the DGN file format drawing into a DraftSight project for direct editing.
Easily attach a DGN file format drawing into a DraftSight project as an underlay for reference or retracing purposes.
Set up and map entity types to layers in a drawing. When switching tools (entity types), the layers change automatically.
Provides the command line suggestion list, a fast way to access commands and system variables by typing part of the name on the command line.
Create a gap in dimension lines when dimensions are intersecting with other drawing entities in order to give more clarity to the drawing.
Provide "snaps" to accomplish placing and locating dimensions with more precision.
Provides a new advanced options dialog box when editing the advanced values of the block attribute.
Provides the ability to export Tables, Bills of Materials, and Revision Tables to .xlsx spreadsheet format.
A heads-up toolbar that is context sensitive when selecting an entity on screen with relevant tools.
Easily create a centerline that divides the distance equally between two selected segments.
Trim and Extend entities by holding the left mouse button down and dragging over the entities to modify.
Use this feature to graphically compare similar drawings in order to find their differences.
A combination of the ability to Rotate, Move, Copy and Scale entities without leaving the command.
Navigate to files and insert them into the current design as a Block. Users can also extract certain features from the file and bring those into the current design.
Clean up a drawing file that has duplicate entities, overlapping entities and abutting entities.
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.
DGN is a design file format commonly used in large projects like buildings, highways, bridges, process plants, and shipbuilding. In DraftSight Professional and Enterprise 2017, you can import legacy or new DGN files into DraftSight and work with them directly. DGN Import facilitates your workflows by importing and converting the DGN file format drawing into a DraftSight project for direct editing and manipulation.
DGN is a design file format commonly used in large projects like buildings, highways, bridges, process plants, and shipbuilding. In DraftSight Professional and Enterprise 2017, you can also attach legacy or new DGN files into DraftSight. Attach DGN allows you to easily attach a DGN file format drawing into a DraftSight project as an underlay for referencing or retracing purposes.
Placing the same object multiple times along a defined path can be challenging and sometimes impossible to do accurately. Pattern Along a Path in DraftSight Professional and Enterprise 2017 can simplify this task by providing a Path option within the Pattern command to create an array along the predefined path.
Manually switching layers between different entity types could be time consuming. Predefined Layer Support in DraftSight Professional and Enterprise 2017 allows you to set up and map entity types to layers in a drawing. When switching tools (entity types), the layers change automatically.
When typing in the command line, sometimes it's not obvious what the name of the command is that you’re looking for. Auto-Completion Commands in DraftSight Professional and Enterprise 2017 eliminates the guess work by providing the command line suggestion list with every key stroke when typing, a very fast and convenient way to access commands and system variables by typing part of the name on the command line.
After placing dimensions on a drawing, cleaning up all intersecting lines that cross over other extension or dimension lines can be a laborious task. Split Dimension in DraftSight Professional and Enterprise 2017 can save you time by automatically creating a gap in dimension lines when dimensions are intersecting with other drawing entities in order to give more clarity to the drawing.
When placing dimensions on a drawing, keeping uniform distance between dimensions could require lot of manual adjustments to keep the drawing clean and legible. With Dimension Snap Offset Distances in DraftSight Professional and Enterprise 2017, you can improve the quality of your drawing by providing "snaps" to place and locate dimensions with more precision.
Block Attribute Editing in DraftSight Professional and Enterprise 2017 provides a new advanced options dialog box when editing the block attribute.
When creating schedules or tables, there is commonly a need to export them into Excel file format for downstream use. DraftSight Professional and Enterprise 2017 eases the process by providing the ability to export Tables, Bills of Materials and Revision Tables directly to an Excel spreadsheet.
When modifying entities, frequently having to navigate to the Properties pane to make changes can be time consuming. The Heads-Up Display Toolbar in DraftSight Professional and Enterprise 2017 saves you time by providing a heads-up toolbar that is context sensitive in nature when selecting an entity on screen with relevant tools.
When documenting a project, it could be difficult to create a centerline between two parallel lines or arcs as you might need to do some calculations to find the midpoint to construct the centerline with proper line style. With Insert Centerlines in DraftSight Professional and Enterprise 2017, you can select two parallel segments and create a centerline that divides the distance equally between them.
The Ribbon Interface API in DraftSight Professional and Enterprise 2017 allows 3rd party add-in developers to add their custom User Interface to the ribbon to interact directly with those add-ins.