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I love AutoCAD. It's powerful, easy to use, and fits engineering mind. It rocks when you want to draw 2D diagrams and shapes, and one the cool features I like about it, is its snapping power. You draw a simple rectangle, then you can very easily create a circumscribe circle around it.

However, new version of it are becoming really heavy (in size), and needs high-end hardware, because of its powerful 3D capabilities, and rendering engines coming with it.

I only want the 2D part of AutoCAD. Is there any software out there, which resembles AutoCAD (like having a console, where you can type L and get the line tool, or having snapping capability, etc.), but is small in size?

In other words, what software can be named as AutoCAD 2D alternative?

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I was kind of amused to see this in the list of hot SE questions together with Is “a software” really never correct?. –  Steve S Dec 21 '11 at 15:07
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Sure, this program is called AutoCAD LT. This is a cheaper and lighter version of AutoCAD which supports only 2D and has less extensibility features.

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Another option is DraftSight from Dassault Systems, it is free and cross platform. It is also able to read and write DWG files (not sure how compatible it is)

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You might try DeltaCAD. It's shareware.

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It would be nice if you could supply a link and go into more details about the application. See this page for further details: meta.superuser.com/questions/5329/… –  Oliver Salzburg Feb 5 '13 at 20:40
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You might try Rhinoceros:

  • Easy to use only in 2D mode
  • Relatively small in size
  • A console where you can type your commands/aliases
  • Awesome snapping capabilities
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