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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. Luminaire energy code settings should default to "input VA" for Watts & "schedule descrip." for description

    This would save two extra input steps in most cases. You could still click into the box to edit the Watts and Description.

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      low effort to implement  ·  1 comment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • 'Capped Ductwork for Future Use' command

      This is similar to the 'end cap' command, but would draw a 'capped for future use' symbol on the end of a duct branch.

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        low effort to implement  ·  0 comments  ·  HVAC  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Equipment Disconnect NEMA Rating

        Add "Disconnect NEMA Size" and "Disconnect NEMA Enclosure" as attributes to equipment connections.

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          low effort to implement  ·  1 comment  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Add a select similar command for devices similar to AutoCAD and AutoCAD MEPs select similar command

          I would like to right click on a device already on the plan, and hit select similar rather than having to open up a separate dialogue to pick a device/LVD/Light Fixture device, and then place it. In other words, I'd like to bypass the select device dialogue altogether whenever possible.

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            low effort to implement  ·  4 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Print Full Panel Schedules to 8.5x11 Sheets

            Print full panel schedules, exactly as shown on the drawing, to a printer using 8.5x11 paper.

            One specific use for these panel schedules would be to be submitted to Labor and Industries in Washington state for review.

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              low effort to implement  ·  2 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Query Low Voltage Device

              Query command does not show circuit connection for low voltage devices. We typically have low voltage devices connected to different panels, and querying the device to determine the panel to which it is circuited would be nice.

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                low effort to implement  ·  0 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Command to Automatically Turn Photometric Layers On and Off

                It would be nice to have ribbon menu icon commands to turn the photometric layers on and off as well as automatically turn the respective layer back on after doing a recalc of either general or egress lighting.

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                  low effort to implement  ·  0 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Export Equipment List to Excel

                  Export a list of equipment connections and information to a file that can be opened and viewed in Excel. The file would be for post-processing only. Any changes to the equipment would still be made using the other DM commands.

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                    low effort to implement  ·  2 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Total Load in Project

                    Please add capability to total loads for the project before the circuiting is complete.

                    I would like to have a load sheet that keeps track of the total project load.

                    What I use now is a modified panel shedule that only shows the loads for a dummy panel I create called service. I connect all the panels together and then to Service. This gives me a total load analysis for the project, but only after the design is complete. I need to be able to confirm my loads and service sizing at the design development stage before circuiting.

                    A consideration…

                    20 votes
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                      low effort to implement  ·  1 comment  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Add command to match diffuser callout and location; just like you have for light fixtures.

                      It would be nice to at least have the command to match diffuser callout location.

                      9 votes
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                        low effort to implement  ·  0 comments  ·  HVAC  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • More customization for equipment callouts

                        Add more complicated options for callouts on equipment.

                        Add MCA and MOCP as notes on the callout on the drawing.

                        See images on this forum post for examples:
                        http://forums.designmaster.biz/index.php?showtopic=1817

                        If you vote for this, it would be helpful if you could leave a comment letting us know what values you want displayed in the equipment callout.

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                          low effort to implement  ·  0 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Different Layers for New and Existing Items in Schedules

                          Use different layers for new and existing circuits in panel schedules or new and existing equipment in equipment schedules.

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                            low effort to implement  ·  0 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  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 →
                            • Import single piece of equipment

                              Currently, the "Import Equipment from Another Project" command imports all the equipment. Update that function to allow you to choose specific pieces of equipment to import.

                              3 votes
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                                low effort to implement  ·  1 comment  ·  Electrical  ·  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 →
                                • Selected device type to find that are uncircuited

                                  Often I circuit items by device type, such as equipment first, then general receptacles, and finally lighting. Sometimes I only show the light fixtures or site lighting but don't ever circuit them as a lighting designer is taking that part of the contract. So under either situation if the symbols have already been placed and I do the “Highlight Uncircuited Devices” command, I get so many lines going all over the place that I can't find out which receptacles I haven't circuited. It would be nice under the Highlight Uncircuited Devices label you have a sub-selection of: Receptacle, Lights, Equipment,…

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                                    low effort to implement  ·  0 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  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 →
                                    • Find Unlooped Devices

                                      A function similar to “Find Uncircuited” that finds elements that are circuited but have not been looped – “Find Unlooped” or something of that nature. I often am at risk of missing a dedicated receptacle or single equipment connection that I circuited, but missed when I was going through the looping/home run process.

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                                        low effort to implement  ·  0 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • More MCC Stater Sizes

                                        Is it possible to modify the list of standard starter sizes to include VFD, Soft Switch, etc? Or even to choose 'None' and just type it in the Description field?

                                        I've used the ddedit command on the MCC schedule inserted into the drawing to manually modify it, but if anybody does a coordination this will be lost.

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                                          low effort to implement  ·  0 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Minimum panel clearance width

                                          For panels smaller than 30" width, increase the panel clearance width to 30" automatically.

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