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Getting Started with DraftSight by João Santos

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Chapter 1. Introduction to DraftSight

DraftSight is a free CAD program that uses the DWG file format. It includes all the main tools to produce precise technical drawings and runs on a wide variety of operating systems, including Windows, Mac, and Linux.

We will cover the following topics in this chapter:

  • Downloading and starting DraftSight
  • Understanding the user interface and locating all elements
  • Configuring DraftSight
  • Setting up a drawing
  • Opening, saving, and closing drawings

Downloading and starting DraftSight

The DWG file format is the most used Computer Aided Design (CAD) format. It is used in all areas of technical drawings. Another drawing file format is DXF, mainly used for communication between CAD programs. There are several programs that ...

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