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Posted: 05 Aug 2010 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:3D? product lifecycle management? DraftSight? CAD?

Dassault Systmes (DS), a 3D and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions company, has announced the availability of an open, online community accessible through, aimed at providing all computer-aided design (CAD) users access to new services and products to unlock valuable data stored in billions of DWG files. Adding to DS' vision of enabling social innovation, the introduction of this community is a direct result of customer demand. It also marks an evolution in providing DWG file management and storage into an easy-to-use, online, service-oriented environment.

In connection with the DraftSight community debut, DS also launches the DraftSight solution, which is a free, professional-grade 2D CAD product delivered utilizing an open business model. The DraftSight solution is currently in public beta, available for download at It provides users with a better way to read, write and share DWG files. Based on an advanced architecture, DraftSight is user-friendly, generally takes only a few minutes to download. The software runs on multiple operating systems including Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7 (Mac OS and Linux support will be available later this year). DraftSight is available for all users, including CAD professionals, students and educators.

With the DraftSight community, DS delivers not just industry-leading products, but also timely collaborative services to CAD users worldwide. Within the online community, users can readily learn by interacting with other members while letting their opinions be heard on specific topics, challenges or anything they're passionate about when it comes to CAD and DraftSight. Community members will have the opportunity to share valuable ideas, as well as and participate in DraftSight's open product development process. Through the global community experience, DraftSight users can choose from a variety of support options, including Community Support and fee-based, Value-Added Support packages that offer telephone, email and remote desktop support.

Head of VPLM Competence Center at Bobst Group, Marcel Gerber says, "To continue our productivity enhancement program with success, we're always looking to improve our tools and processes." He adds, "This [DraftSight] launch will help us phase out several legacy systems and accelerate the standardization of one single 2D CAD solution worldwide, beside our main development process based on CATIA. DraftSight will improve our capacity to maintain machine documentation from our large installed-based product and allow us to easily communicate with our partners."

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