DraftSight Export Options

Article by GoEngineer on Dec 01, 2022

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.

Export Command

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

DraftSight Export Options

Figure 1: Finding the Export Command

List of DraftSight Export File Types

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.

Exporting your file as a PDF

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.

DraftSight Export File as a PDF Option

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:

  • Selecting which sheets to include in the PDF
  • Paper size with included standard sheet sizes or an option to create a custom size
  • Customize the margins of an exported PDF Top/Right/Left/Bottom to fit the drawing
  • Select a Print Style options, which include Grayscale or Monochrome. (Figure 5) If there are additional plot styles (.ctb) they will appear in the list.
  • Document Properties, similar to SOLIDWORKS File Properties, can be added as well, adding metadata to the PDF. In addition are checkboxes to save the document property data to the PDF or save it to the Drawing (dwg).
  • SHX text as geometry: Fonts are created with lines and arcs. Unchecking this option allows you to select annotations in the PDF file as text objects.

Export Drawings as PDF Options in DraftSight

Figure 4: Export Drawing as PDF Options

Example of Plot Style Options in the PDF DraftSight Export Tool

Figure 5: Example of Plot Style Options in the PDF Export tool

Exporting Drawing Entities

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.

DraftSight Export Drawing Command in the Export Tool

Figure 6: The Export Drawing command in the Export Tool

Options in the Save File Command

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. 

Open your Drawing as an eDrawing

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)

Open in eDrawings Option in DraftSight Export Tools

Figure 8: Open in eDrawings option in the Export Tools

Exporting Table Data

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.

Export Table Option From DraftSight Drawing 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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