DraftSight is a powerful, two-dimensional drafting tool that allows users to create and edit DXF and DWG file formats. But what if you need to send a file to a user who doesn’t have access to the same software? DraftSight includes options to export your file to other formats. In this article, we will highlight the DraftSight export options available.
To access the Export Tools, click on the Export tab in the Ribbon Tab. (Figure 1)
The first option (from left to right) in the Export Tools toolbar offers the option to Export your Drawing Entities as a file from a list of available file formats. (Figure 2) Alternatively, launch the command by typing EXPORT in the Command Window and pressing Enter.
Figure 1: Finding the Export Command
Figure 2: The list of available file types for exporting
As you can see in Figure 2, there are several available options when exporting a Drawing file.
To export a Drawing file as a PDF, select the PDF File option (Figure 3) or type EXPORTPDF in the Command Window and press Enter.
Figure 3: Locate the Export Tools in the Export Ribbon tab
Here you will see the PDF Export tool. (Figure 4)
The Name field displays the file name and location the PDF will be saved to. Click Browse to change this file path and file name if desired.
Additional options include:
Figure 4: Export Drawing as PDF Options
Figure 5: Example of Plot Style Options in the PDF Export tool
The Export Drawing option converts selected drawing entities as a block that can be used in other Drawings or as a new drawing file. (Figures 6 &7)
Note that the keyboard command is EXPORTDRAWING.
Figure 6: The Export Drawing command in the Export Tool
Figure 7: Options in the Save File command
Selected entities (or all entities) can be saved as a Block File or as a new Drawing file. (Figure 7) A Base Point can also be set, which is useful when working with Blocks, either set manually (if the desired XYZ coordinates are known) or by using the Specify in graphics area command to select the desired Base Point.
eDrawings is a very userful tool for viewing several file types, both 3D and 2D.
The eDrawings export tool in DraftSight performs two tasks with one mouse click; the tool converts the drawing file to an eDrawing file (.edrw) and immediately launches eDrawings to view the new file. (Figure 8)
Figure 8: Open in eDrawings option in the Export Tools
In the Export Tab is an option to Export Table. (Figure 9) This option offers the ability to export a table (Bill of Material, Revision Table, or Table) as an .xlsx, .xls, or .csv file.
Figure 9: Export Table option from your DraftSight Drawing file
DraftSight is a robust tool for creating and editing 2D Drawings. With the handy and easy to use Export Tools, users are able to generate custom content that suits their needs.
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