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. 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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    • 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.

      3 votes
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      • 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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        • Overloaded Panel Warning

          Add a warning to the panels that would alert the designer when the total load exceeds the ampere rating. (Possibly as an X across the schedule when it is updated).

          This would able to be turned on or off with a per-user setting.

          76 votes
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          • 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.

            2 votes
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            • 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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              • 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.

                45 votes
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                • 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…

                  15 votes
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                  • 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.

                    6 votes
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                    • 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.

                      3 votes
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                      • 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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                        • 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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                          • MULTIPLE ARROWS

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

                            3 votes
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                            • 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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                              • 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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                                • 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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                                  • 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.

                                    3 votes
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                                    • lighting report

                                      Provide a check box in the Building Room dialog box to NOT include the room in the lighting report.

                                      I have a job where I need room names to generate the names for the receptacle circuits in the panel schedule, but don't want the rooms to show up in the Indoor Lighting Levels report.

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                                      • Highlight Duct Sizes That Changed After Resizing Ductwork

                                        For large sprawling duct systems it is difficult to monitor all the duct sizes that change. When you calculate and redraw a single branch, all the ducts are erased and redrawn. This makes it difficult to know which duct sizes changed and which stayed the same.

                                        18 votes
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                                        • Provide Minumum air flow calculations

                                          If the minimum air flow is set in the calculation bases on a parameter such as air change rate, cfm/sq ft or a set cfm it would be nice to have that as a column in the calculation output.

                                          5 votes
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