Don’t pay thousands to upgrade your 2D CAD software

On April 8,2014, Microsoft will end support for their Microsoft XP operating system.  According to their website:  If you continue to use Windows XP after support ends, your computer will still work but it might become more vulnerable to security risks and viruses.

If you are running an older version of a 2D CAD product on the XP operating system, you may have to pay a significant amount to upgrade the product to work with newer versions of Windows. This could cost your business tens of thousands of dollars–or more.

You do have a significantly less expensive, quality alternative: DraftSight. DraftSight runs on Windows 7 and 8, and offers the following three options for your 2D CAD needs:

  1. DraftSight Professional: Provides unique enhancements to DraftSight’s free V1R4.0 or later for Windows – including APIs, the Design Library, Toolbox for DraftSight, Drawing Compare, product upgrades and more. Learn more and buy now! (No minimum purchase required).
  2. DraftSight Enterprise: Can help companies and educators reduce software compliance issues and deployment challenges, as well as enhance customization and integration.  This offering includes telephone and email support during your entitlement period, a network license, and additional unique features that can help organizations get the most out of DraftSight. Learn more or get a quote now.
  3. Download the free version of DraftSight now: Consider DraftSight as a solution if you are running an older version of a 2D CAD product on the XP operating system and are confronted with paying thousands of dollars to upgrade.


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