Design Master Wish List

The current releases are DM Electrical RT 1.1, DM Electrical 8.4, DM HVAC 7.3, and DM Plumbing 4.1. We are not adding new features to these releases.

The next releases will be DM Electrical RT 1.2, DM Electrical 8.5, DM HVAC 7.4, and DM Plumbing 4.2 We are actively working on these release and using this wishlist to guide which features we implement. Some features you see marked as “complete” will not be available until these releases are finished.

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  1. Schedules

    Having the ability to adjust the width of a schedule in the drawing model, instead of the schedule toolbox.

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      low effort to implement  ·  0 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Electrical + HVAC for Revit in German with german norms

      We have a large Building design Industrie. And all Arch and Eng companies are now changing from AutoCad to Revit but there is no good Software on the market for engineers to calculate electrical or HVAC Systems. An app for Revit for both will make it all better and faster. The potential could be in the millions.

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        high effort to implement  ·  0 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Remove "DM HVAC", "DM Elec", and "DM Plumb" from AutoCAD window titlebar

        Remove "DM HVAC", "DM Elec", and "DM Plumb" from AutoCAD window titlebar.

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          low effort to implement  ·  1 comment  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Edit multiple devices--select from list

          When editing multiple devices, be able to select from a list in addition to being able to select from the drawing. Equipment currently works this way. Expand it to other types of devices.

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            medium effort to implement  ·  1 comment  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Dash in Empty Schedule Cells

            Include an option to print a "-" (a dash) in schedule cells if nothing is printed in them.

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              medium effort to implement  ·  1 comment  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Create Room Outlines Automatically

              Detect room boundaries from the architect's XREF automatically and create rooms based upon it.

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                high effort to implement  ·  0 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Canadian Electrical Code Capability

                As the word of this software is increasing in Canada, it would be a good idea to have the capabilities of incorporating the Canadian Electrical Code into Design Master.

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                  high effort to implement  ·  4 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Importing Revit Model Information

                  It would be a great tool if we can have the ability to import model information from Revit drawings which are done by architects. A simple feature would be importing the rooms. This would speed up the process and make designs happen faster.

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                    high effort to implement  ·  0 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Vertical Alignment of Schedules

                    Add an option to control the vertical alignment of text in schedule cells.

                    Currently everything is justified to the top of the cell. Make it so that text can be centered or at the bottom instead.

                    3 votes
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                      low effort to implement  ·  0 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Shortcut Keys for DM Commands

                      Add shortcut commands for commands. For example, "ML" for "Move Loop or Homerun" or "BC" for "Break Circuit".

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                        medium effort to implement  ·  2 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • MULTIPLE ARROWS

                        It would be nice to be able to have multiple arrows for 1 piece of text pointing to different devices

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                          low effort to implement  ·  0 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Device information on hover

                          When you hover (or float) your mouse over a DM device, display information about that device in a tooltip.

                          For DM Electrical, possible information would include callout and circuit number

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                            high effort to implement  ·  1 comment  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • put alternating shading on successive rows in outputted html tables/reports

                            For example, when I print an HVAC load calculation report, the many row entries can be difficult to follow visually across the screen. This obviously won't be useful in absolutely every case, but an option to have a little bgcolor="#EEEEEE" every other line would be awesome.

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                              low effort to implement  ·  0 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Define data base location in directory other than project directory.

                              Give us the ability to specify directory location for the project data base rather than being forced to have the data base in the project directory. In a multi-tenant project if each tenant space is in a separate sub-directory you have to copy the building master data base to each sub-directory in order to work on that space. It is difficult to keep track of which tenant space has the most up to date project data base. In an earlier version of Designmaster, we had the ability to look for the data base in a directory above the specific project…

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                                high effort to implement  ·  0 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Remember Location of Dialog Boxes

                                When a dialog box is moved, remember the location so that the next time it is opened, it is displayed in the same location.

                                4 votes
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                                  high effort to implement  ·  0 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Object Enabler for Navisworks

                                  Create an object enabler for Navisworks to allow the 3D ductwork, pipes, conduit, and cable tray to be viewed directly from the DWG without requiring it to be exported to an IFC file.

                                  11 votes
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                                    high effort to implement  ·  7 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Device Customization blocks subfolders

                                    Many of our projects require custom device blocks. We also have blocks for US standards, European standards, Middle Eastern standards, etc. The Customization folder is a mess. It would be nice if DM searched this selected folder and all of it's subfolders for it's blocks without having to add them each to AutoCAD's support paths.

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                                    • enable object snap for Move Note

                                      Nitpicky feature, but it would be nice to be able to use the object snaps when moving notes so they can be more easily lined up.

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                                        high effort to implement  ·  0 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Link to PDF File

                                        In the various DM schedules (light fixtures, receptacles, diffuser, etc), add the option to link the entry to a PDF file. The PDF could be opened from the schedule, or there could be an option to include it as a hyperlink on the device so it can be opened from the AutoCAD drawing.

                                        8 votes
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                                          low effort to implement  ·  2 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Add the ability to create plan notes

                                          If you could add the ability to create plan or keynotes to all devices and fixtures, you could eliminate some of the notes that occupy space beside them. Typically a hex box, circle would have the keynote number in it, which would refer you to a common list of notes on the edge of the space. Keeping them tied to the respective annotation layers may help keep them sortable by the entities on that sheet.

                                          28 votes
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                                            medium effort to implement  ·  4 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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