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. 5 votes
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      0 comments  ·  HVAC  ·  Admin →
    • Negative Equipment Loads for Open Cases in Grocery Stores

      Grocery stores include open refrigeration cases. These loads need to be subtracted from the cooling load and added to the heating load. Using a negative equipment load works for the cooling load, but not the heating load.

      Make it so that a negative equipment load is added to the heating load.

      10 votes
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        0 comments  ·  HVAC  ·  Admin →
      • Smarter feeder lengths from plan view blocks

        Currently, when two plan view blocks, for example a panel and subpanel, are very close (say 1 foot apart), the feeder length may be as much as 16 feet. Electricians often ask if they need to add extra length to meet short ckt calc. Of course, one can manually adjust the length in the panel definition, but one should not have to. It should be assumed that this will be a nipple 1 foot long - not run under ground and back up. DM adds 10 feet to each feeder.

        2 votes
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          6 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Admin →
        • Edit multiple equipment/panels/devices

          This would be helpful when changing the voltage of a group of lights or panels on a project. It would also be helpful when adding a standard note to the bottom of all of the panels. It would be nice not to have to change the note, click next, change the note, click next.. etc.

          16 votes
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            0 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Admin →
          • Photometrics becoming bigger and better

            Its a great and amazing feature to be able to do photo metrics right in AutoCAD. Along the same lines of how great DM works in AutoCAD. But if there was a way to make it work more precise and user friendly. Be able to implement some of the same features of Visual and AGI would be amazing. Making it your one shop stop do doing photo calcs etc. One thing that would be great to is if it could utilize the IES files and auto populate some of the light fixture specs.

            21 votes
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              3 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Admin →
            • Display tick marks for #10 wires

              Display tick marks instead of wire callouts on all homeruns in a projects (not just for wires that are #12).

              Make it so that P-7 (the Yes column & No row) in this image gets tick marks:
              http://www.designmaster.biz/support/blog/2010/08/homerun-wire-callout-and-tick-mark-options/

              4 votes
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                0 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Admin →
              • Add the ability to customize the "EDIT ONELINE DEVICE LABELS" for all devices.

                Add the ability to customize the "EDIT ONE-LINE DEVICE LABELS" for all each type of one-line device. When inserting devices into the one-line we need to add the same prefix and suffix to each device. As an example we add prefix CONNECTED and suffix KVA to each panel to show the connected KVA.

                6 votes
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                  2 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Admin →
                • Choosing VA instead of KVA (Panelboard Schedules)

                  You've seen our panelboard schedules and it would be great to have the same options we show on ours to be able to show on the customized blocks in DM. Being able to display total VA of Left & Right phase and then total (Sum of both Left and Right in VA). Connected load total in VA. Being able to display Project name on Panel schedule. I love some of the options we don't show that I can include. So please keep what you have to add some more attributes.

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                    0 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Admin →
                  • Add Aluminum Wire Option

                    With the price of copper so high we use aluminum wire for feeders on jobs that are over budget.

                    3 votes
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                      0 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Admin →
                    • Make a Zone Map Similar to the Load Maps

                      Make a color shaded zone map simlar to load map.

                      14 votes
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                        5 comments  ·  HVAC  ·  Admin →
                      • Add tag to feeder schedules

                        by using tags on feeder schedules, you tie your predefined feeders into your one line and eliminate the busy appearance of long string of text for wire/conduit sizes on the one line. If done in the wire sizing tables it would allow common feeder combinations to be built one time and put into a feeder schedule table

                        5 votes
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                          1 comment  ·  Electrical  ·  Admin →
                        • Add footnotes at the bottom of schedules, to allow common notes to be listed/identified with a char

                          Add footnotes at the bottom of schedules, to allow common notes to be listed/identified with a character in the notes section. This would save typing the same notes every time and shorten the space required for them. The same idea could work for mech equipment.

                          7 votes
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                            0 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Admin →
                          • Print Panel Schedules to Place Inside Panels

                            Add a command to print panel schedules that can be placed inside panels. The panel schedule will have options to include some basic information in the header, and then list each circuit and the load description.

                            The width of the panel schedule will be variable to accommodate the various size sleeves that panels come with.

                            52 votes
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                              5 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Admin →
                            • Import Multiple Items from Master Schedule

                              When importing items from the master schedule to the project schedule using the "Import from Master Schedule" button, allow multiple items to be selected and imported at once. (Currently you are limited to importing one item or all of the items.)

                              5 votes
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                                0 comments  ·  General  ·  Admin →
                              • Different Connection Options for Different Types of Diffusers

                                Have the "Diffuser Connection Settings" be able to be set based upon airflow type. For example, supply ducts always connect with flexible and return ducts connect with hard.

                                2 votes
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                                  0 comments  ·  HVAC  ·  Admin →
                                • Pressure Labels on Ductwork

                                  Add a button to label the pressure drop for a run of duct (the "Pressure Drop in this Section" value from the the "Query Duct" window). We use DM HVAC to do a lot of existing ductwork analysis for energy audits, etc., and we could really use a function that shows us how much pressure drop each section of the ductwork has, and the pressure drop for each fitting, in much the same format as the ductwork size labels currently appear.

                                  1 vote
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                                    0 comments  ·  HVAC  ·  Admin →
                                  • Universal update button

                                    This button would update all schedules, panels and one lines with one click. Currently going through each schedule option and then during review only finding out you missed one is agonizing. Update drawing and database does NOT do this.

                                    3 votes
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                                      0 comments  ·  General  ·  Admin →
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                                        1 comment  ·  Plumbing  ·  Admin →
                                      • Change Fixture Tags as a part of "Edit Multiple Fixtures".

                                        When "Editing Multiple Fixtures", the fixture in the database is changed, but the fixture tag is not changed in the drawing. It would be good for this to change automatically, similar to the attributes of "edit multiple receptacles" so that each fixture tag does not have to be edited manually.

                                        4 votes
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                                          0 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Admin →
                                        • HVAC Material Takeoff

                                          Extract duct sizes and quantities from the HVAC database.

                                          We're not exactly sure how this should work, so if you vote for this, leave a comment letting us know what information you would like displayed.

                                          21 votes
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                                            4 comments  ·  HVAC  ·  Admin →
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