Oct 14, 2014

DraftSight 2015 is out with a 64bit only version for Linux.

DraftSight 2015 is out and Linux users can now install it without problems on a 64bit distro because this version is 64 bit only.

Sep 30, 2014

DraftSight Linux goes 64 bit

According to official sources, the next (V1R6) release of DraftSight for Linux will be 64bit instead of the 32bit  older releases. This will make many Linux users happy because a native 64bit DraftSight version was a very popular demand. Unfortunately for users with older machines the 32bit version will be dropped.

Aug 22, 2014

A user's perspective on Linux CAD programs.

BricsCAD V14 versus DraftSight V1R5 comparison
For a long time, CAD users were bind to Windows platform, because there was no Linux or Mac alternative CAD software to AutoCAD or other windows CAD programs. In recent years the situation has changed a lot on Linux platform with the rise of DraftSight, BricsCAD and ARES CE.

Jul 12, 2014

DraftSight V1R5.2 fixes localization bug

DraftSight V1R5.2 is out and the important news are that now Linux users can open their files normally without worrying if the path contains any non-English characters. Finally after six months of waiting, DraftSight Linux users can expect normal functionality when they try  to open their files.

You can download DraftSight V1R5.2 from here. As usually 32 bit .deb and .rpm files are available.

Jun 16, 2014

Teigha Viewer and Teigha File Converter have been upated to v4.00

Teigha Viewer an Teigha File Converter the official tools from ODA for viewing and converting dwg files have been updated to v4.00. The big news for this release is the availability of these two interesting apps for android devices. As usual ODA provides 32bit-only .deb and .rpm packages but you can easily install them without modifications on a 64bit system.

You can download them from ODA's website. Both applications are available without any charge.

May 6, 2014

How to make DraftSight look native on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS 64 bit

Here is a workaround to make DraftSight to use your desktop theme on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS 64bit.
  • Create a new file named .gtkrc-2.0 inside your home folder
  • Add the following line and save it.
  • Edit your .profile file. It is inside your home folder and it's hidden so you have to hit Ctrl+H in order to make it visible.
  • Add the following line at the end of this file and save it.
export GTK2_RC_FILES="$HOME/.gtkrc-2.0"
  • Install gtk2-engines-murrine:i386
  • Logout and then Login back in order to apply the changes
Now DraftSight will use the default desktop theme on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS 64 bit.

Apr 10, 2014

DraftSight and Ubuntu 14.04 LTS 64-bit

Ubuntu 14.04 LTS is the new LTS version of Ubuntu and it will be available on its final state later this month. 64-bit  LTS versions are ideal for someone who wants to built a modern CAD workstation but unfortunately DraftSight comes on a 32-bit version only. Ubuntu provides support for running 32-bit applications on a 64-bit OS but DraftSight's installer doesn't support this functionality which is known as multiarch support. However the installation of DraftSight on a 64-bit Ubuntu 14.04 LTS system is possible with a few tweaks.