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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. Provide a default voltage for the panels in a project.

    Add a check box to set the voltage for a building. If a building is 120/240, then checking a box will set the default for panels, equipment, etc to 120/240v instead of 120/2083p4w.

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    • SKM Power Tools

      Provide the ability to import and export panel schedules and switchboard schedules between Design Master and SKM PowerTools for Windows.

      11 votes
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      • 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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        • Circuit and Move Note in one step

          Often when circuiting I find the location DM puts the label is very poor. It would be nice if after inserting the circuit I could move the circuit text without having to stop the circuiting action, move the text, then start the circuiting action again.

          4 votes
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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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            • 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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              • 229 votes
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                • 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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                  • Excel Add In

                    Can we change the way that the low voltage devices, switches, and equipment are handled so that they can be exported in the same manner as the light fixtures and receptacles?

                    3 votes
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                    • Upsize Wires Based upon Voltage Drop

                      Automatically upsize branch circuit wires when necessary because of voltage drop.

                      148 votes
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                      • Annotation Scaling / Multiple Scales on a Single Drawing

                        Add support for annotative scale factors for blocks and text. This would allow blocks and text to be the same size in different scaled viewports.

                        152 votes
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                        • Keep Tick Marks on Broken Circuits

                          When a circuit is broken, keep tick marks inserted on one of the halves.

                          10 votes
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                          • Create Separate One-Lines for Each LVD Group

                            I have Security, F/A, Lighting Control Panels, Audio, and Data groups and would like to be able to create separate low voltage one-line risers for them.

                            11 votes
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                            • Equipment Circuit Length in Schedule

                              Add new column to the equipment schedule that would display the length of the branch circuit.

                              4 votes
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                              • Display Equipment Disconnect Ratings on Drawing

                                Display the rating of the disconnect and the rating of the fused on the drawing adjacent to the disconnect symbol.

                                2 votes
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                                • Metric

                                  Support drawings with metric base units.

                                  14 votes
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                                  • Add multiple circuits to a single piece of equipment (ie. HVAC) one for each load.

                                    Some HVAC and other pieces of equipment require multiple circuits for multiple loads inside each unit. Currently I have to create 2 pieces of equipment with the individual loads, overlay them, then circuit them.

                                    42 votes
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                                    • Generic Schedule Creator

                                      Have a way to create a generic schedule. The schedule will be informational purposes only, but it will be generated the same way as the other DM schedules so it will look the same.

                                      52 votes
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                                      • Swap & Copy Circuits

                                        When copying circuits in the swap and copy dialog, multipole breakers do not copy to the new location as multipole breakers, they copy as single pole. It appears that you have to set the number of poles and their positions in the circuiting dialog before starting the copy/swap routine.

                                        45 votes
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                                        • Allow diffuser tags to be moved and modified with standard AutoCAD editing commands.

                                          It would be helpful to not have to use the "special" DM commands to manipulate the diffuser tags.

                                          21 votes
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