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kitty that roar like a Lion

For almost a week and a bit more, my ears (eyes) are bombard with phrases like this one.

« …Did you see the new software from Dassault, we can now get rid of AutoCAD… »

or one of the best

“…..Dassault Systems. The makers of CATIA®, SolidWorks® and 3D ContentCentral® just started a new product called “Draft Sight” a 2D CAD system to make & edit DWG, DXF and DWT drawings.
Best price ever on 2D CAD FREE!
And it is from a real player in the market, not some unknown fly by knight Co, and it is not a try before you buy come on.
I dare you to find a better deal……”

Little history (at least what I think I understand)

With a little search, it seems this product (Draft Sight) may not be unrelated to a law suite between Dassault and Autodesk relate to DWG rights. Even if in the public opinion, it seem that DWG is associate to AutoCAD/Autodesk, in a world govern by lawyers, it seem that DWG file do not have legal parent, or at least the parent does not seem to have all the legal children care (If you have more info send it or post a brief comment)

SolidWorks DWG editor, SolidWorks 2D editor, Draft Sight

To cut short on the explanation, It seem that those products are similar, but base on two different technologies, one is intelliCAD6 the other one ARES, however both can be traceback one way or the other to the an ODA (Open Design Alliance) platform.

From this, Draft Sight developer’s at Dassault/Solidworks are « third party’s » who develop an API to communicate with ARES who is develop by Graebert’s. Similar thing, with the DWG editor/2D editor with the IntelliCAD6 platform.

What is the interest for Graebert’s, no doubt the marketing machine of SW.

All those products from Dassault/Solidworks try to reach one goal, trying to build a tool to edit DWG/DXF files. In fact, this product opens only three types of files DWG, DXF and DWT.

Here a copy of copyright

© 2010, Dassault Systèmes. All Rights Reserved.
DraftSight and the DraftSight logos are trademarks of Dassault Systèmes or its subsidiaries in the US and/or other countries. Other brand or product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders.
Portions of this software © 1991-2002 Compuware Corporation.
Portions of this software © 2004-2010 Gräbert GmbH.
Portions of this software © 2008 Nokia Corporation and/or its subsidiaries.
Portions of this software © 2007 Open Design Alliance Inc. All rights reserved.
Portions of this software @ 1989-2001 by SINTEF Applied Mathematics, Oslo, Norway. All rights reserved.


You bet I found a better deal or the equivalent for 2D drawing, Solid Edge 2D , like the other guy says …. “Best price ever FREEEEE”.

  • Solid Edge 2D is the same product used in the production version it is not a copy or a clone version
  • 2D version follows the production version without any maintenance to pay for. Well, yes there is a paid version, which gives you a direct access to the API.
  • Not only it opens, edit and save DWG/DXF, but it open native Solid Edge draft and micro station.

  • If the DWG contain a 3D body (embed SAT), you can extract it to open it later in the Solid Edge 3D with Synchronous.
  • Even best, you can convert DWG on the fly, simply drag and drop in the working area from windows explorer.
  • Same with Autocad blocks who are recognize and convert
  • You can choose between master dimensions to control your design or reference dimensions
  • You have geometric constraints
  • And so forth.…..

PDF document from the launch in 2006/2007

To download Solid Ede 2D

There is a forum on the Siemens support site

The beauty of this, any Solidworks or Autodesk users can use the software to edit/create DWG/DXF… I dare you SW users to do a fair trial. Any academic institutions are welcome to use it.

To obtain Solid Edge 2D fill in a simple form and access the download area for the license and the software in eleven languages:

English, Chinse (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Spanish, Czech

For more info read other blog post

Kenneth Wong


14 July 2010 - Posted by | Solidworks, Uncategorized

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