seems like my problems on draftsight are all gone. except for some missing acad commands, i'm off good with DS now.
lag/delay issues before were fixed when i upgraded System>Adminstration>Additional Drivers (which was on another thread, lol).
with matters to printing and plotting, i have managed to find ways to get the output correctly.
So far so good, and if everything goes well, our small company will eventually save up to $10,000 worth of software packages and liscenses. WHEW!!