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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. When inserting circuited equipment on a drawing, do not insert a homerun

    When inserting a piece of equipment on a drawing that is connected to a circuit, the homerun is inserted, too. Add a checkbox to the insert equipment dialog box to allow you to insert the equipment with a circuit label but no homerun.

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    • Equipment Disconnect Highlight Blocks

      Support highlight blocks for equipment disconnects. (Highlights are the blocks that allow you to use a second color in blocks.)

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        • Show Locked CFM in Duct Centerline

          I have been back into DM after a short break away from it's use. I have found that text now appears along the center line referencing that the width, depth, or shape of the duct has been locked. This is a great new feature. However, I feel that one of the most important features that could be shown as locked is that of the CFM. In a quick duct sizing and CFM check, by locking the CFM of the end duct in the various branch strings, one can size and determine very quickly how a system is going to be.…

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          • Copy equipment connections in equipment group

            When you copy an equipment group, copy all of the equipment connections in it, too. (Currently the group is copied and the group settings, but not the actual pieces of equipment in the group.)

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            • Different Layers for Schedule Headers

              Be able to set a different layer for the schedule header and subheaders.

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              • Break Loop Between Equipment and Disconnect

                Be able to break the loop going from an equipment connection to a disconnect.

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                • Layer Control Commands for Photometrics

                  It would be nice if you could add layer control commands for the associated photometric calculation layers (both general and egress) to turn them on and off like you have for room layers and duct centerlines. The boundaries, foot candles and contours can really clutter up the drawing. Also make it so that when you need to run a general or egress calculation the respective layers will turn back on automatically.

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                  • Variable Custom Pressure Drop in Ductwork

                    Be able to specify a pressure drop in the ductwork that changes based upon the airflow in the ductwork.

                    We currently allow you to lock a specific pressure drop but it does not change as the design changes. Instead lock an equivalent duct length or something similar that would change based upon the airflow.

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