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Three drawings max !! Are you sure?

Is this a joke?

I have just upgraded to V2.0 and the limit is 3 drawings, you have basically rendered this software completely useless.  Who are you aiming this software at - school kids?

If this is a thin veil to try and get everyone to pay for expensive upgrades then it won't work. I for one will be looking elsewhere as offering a 'free' product and then limiting it this much is a disgrace, I would expect better from RS.


March 23, 2020 13:55

I too and extremely disappointed in this rollout! If these severe limitations of use were disclosed, I would have searched for an alternative. I have been using DSE1 for some time now and was happy with it. I now have rendered all my old projects USELESS! Not only that, but I have completely wasted my time setting up, configuring, and developing an electrical print for my employer, on their time, only to find out I cannot complete it! What a disgrace.

February 25, 2020 09:01

Hi guys, I'm the Community Manager here at DesignSpark.

Thank you to everyone who has responded to the release of DesignSpark Electrical version 2.0, we know there are some big changes here, and we do appreciate you taking time to tell us how they impact you. What we want to do now is share some more of the details behind these changes with you.

DesignSpark had previously entered into a unique agreement with a 3rd party vendor to offer the Electrical design package, DSE. This was offered free of charge from DesignSpark with an option to purchase additional features directly from Trace Software.

The supplier of this software terminated the contractual agreement with DesignSpark and the supply of DSE. The consequence was that DesignSpark would no longer have the rights to offer this package.

The software IP was acquired by SolidWorks and we immediately entered into a discussion to maintain continuity and support.

SolidWorks was highly receptive to a free of charge package and an upgrade pathway to support the developing journey of engineers. What we have tried to maintain is a balance between free and paid-for that provides free users with capabilities comparable with any other free tool, while respecting some of the additional features that would traditionally be expected in a paid-for tool.

Working with SolidWorks, we have put together an offer that continues to provide a free-of-charge DesignSpark Electrical, alongside an upgrade pathway to paid-for SolidWorks packages at a substantially discounted price. Available to all existing DSE users, the process to claim your discount and purchase from SolidWorks is simple, with details on the DesignSpark website:

It’s clear from some of the early feedback that this is an unwelcome change for some. We will be discussing your feedback with SolidWorks, however, what we would ask is that you review the upgrade path discount to see if it is for you.

For additional answers, feature comparisons, etc. can be found on our support pages:

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February 25, 2020 09:01

@leonie Thanks for taking the time to write a replay and listen to the community. I note you quote the following on your website ... "DesignSpark is your go-to engineering design platform from RS Components, providing free CAD software, online resources, and design support. Our flagship CAD software includes DesignSpark PCB, DesignSpark Mechanical and DesignSpark Electrical." Well I am afraid this will no longer be my goto platform as I now have the major headache of exporting a few hundred drawings that I can't open in V2.0 do dwg's to upload into a sensibly priced electrical CAD software. I notice nowhere on your website do you mention solidwork electrical's price and it is probably horrendous. From a long time customer of R.S. and a fan of engineering collaboration and innovation such as Designspark I am very disappointed in how you have let yourselves get steam rollered by dassault systems. I am hoping in the next few weeks you will come up with a better solution than this to appease your angry fans!

February 24, 2020 16:23

This is a joke. Completely unusable and very disappointing. I would much rather move to a paid alternative out of principle. At least Autocad Electrical is still free for students...

February 24, 2020 16:23

I agree. I have an old hobbyist project containing 15 drawings and I couldn't change anything. Not even open the drawings. Had to uninstall 2.0 and resinstall v1.1 which I found elsewhere on the internet. I would at least expect that old projects would be able to open and changed but this effectively kills this software for hobbyists.

February 24, 2020 16:23

DS is now corporate crapware. They will force you into subscription fees in no time at all, probably within the first year. In fact they have already started with their 3 page limit.
I suggest everyone take a look at Kicad, open source and very powerful.
I enjoyed DS and will continue to use 1.x or what ever version I have until it stops, solidworks and all its corporate trappings can go to hell. RIP DS it was nice knowing you. Time to move on.

February 24, 2020 16:24

This makes the Software complete useless, even for the smallest Projects!
It's now not more than an unusable SWE DEMO Version.
I will now have to downvote the Software on every platform I reviewed DSE and also I think about stop purchasing parts on RS.
This is ridicoulus!

February 24, 2020 16:24

Well i think this a little under handed. you lure people in to using your so called free program and the upgrade it, but limit the use so we cant even view the old diagrams we have created.

February 24, 2020 16:24

Wow.. i do not even use DSE but i feel sad for you guys. RIP.

February 24, 2020 09:09

Every single drawing I created under V1.3 is over 3 pages and I can't open any of them. Just had to uninstall 2.0, luckily I had 1.3 still on my machine. DO NOT INSTALL 2.0 it is totally useless, you can't open any drawings more than 3 pages!

February 24, 2020 09:11

Totally agree. Makes the software completely unusable.