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 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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      medium effort to implement  ·  4 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • 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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        medium effort to implement  ·  0 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Upsize Wires Based upon Voltage Drop

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

        148 votes
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          medium effort to implement  ·  4 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • 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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            medium effort to implement  ·  1 comment  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • 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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              medium effort to implement  ·  0 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • 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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                medium effort to implement  ·  2 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • 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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                  medium effort to implement  ·  4 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • 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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                    medium effort to implement  ·  2 comments  ·  HVAC  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Aim Lamps Separately for Emergency Fixtures

                    For fixtures used in the outdoor and egress point-by-point photometrics with two lamps, we need to aim the lamp independently for correct photometrics.

                    2 votes
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                      medium effort to implement  ·  2 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Draw Circuit Loops Using Polylines instead of Arcs

                      When you loop from one device to another, be able to select that loop and break it in to two loops that can each individually be moved or broke. This way we can have "S" loops.

                      DM Note: When we implement this, it will probably be by allowing you to insert a loop using a pline. This will allow you to insert the loop however you want without any restrictions.

                      25 votes
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                        medium effort to implement  ·  7 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Set Room Exhaust Rate

                        Specify the exhaust air requirements for rooms and use these numbers in the load calculations and duct design calculations.

                        52 votes
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                          medium effort to implement  ·  1 comment  ·  HVAC  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • add multiple pipe label options

                          Three options: One for system type and size, one for just size, and one for just system type.

                          6 votes
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                            medium effort to implement  ·  0 comments  ·  Plumbing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Select automatic conduit based on Type

                            When selecting conduit I want to be able to select the feeder as schedule 80 so that the only size option would be based on schedule 80. Then on another feeder I could select EMT for my circuits and the only option for auto sizing would be based on EMT. Finally, I would then have the option of adding the type to my one-lines and a conduit schedule.

                            12 votes
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                              medium effort to implement  ·  2 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Make schedules sortable by different fields

                              Be able to sort schedules by different fields instead of just the default field.

                              8 votes
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                                medium effort to implement  ·  0 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Update Pipe Breaks on Save or Open

                                When inserting fittings or piping the software will go through a regeneration process after each item is inserted. When files are small this is not a big deal. On large projects there is a noticeable delay and the software zooms out to the extents and then back into the area you are working on. Rather than do this on every change, include an option to only do this when the drawing is saved (and possibly when the drawing is opened).

                                8 votes
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                                  medium effort to implement  ·  2 comments  ·  Plumbing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Custom Universal Voltage Description in Light Fixture Schedule

                                  Be able to specify a custom description for the voltage on light fixtures when they are set to "Universal". Currently DM lists all the voltages that are used on the fixture. This feature would allow you to override that and specify custom text for the voltage in order to better match the manufacturer's cut sheet.

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                                    medium effort to implement  ·  0 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Edit Multiple Pipe Risers

                                    Add an "Edit Multiple" command for pipe risers.

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                                      medium effort to implement  ·  0 comments  ·  Plumbing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Duct and pipe demolition

                                      Convert existing ductwork and piping layer to demolition.

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                                        medium effort to implement  ·  0 comments  ·  HVAC  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Update impedances based upon conduit material

                                        Be able to automatically update the impedance in a wire based upon the conduit material type.

                                        Currently you have to create a separate wire configuration for each conduit material type.

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                                          medium effort to implement  ·  0 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Add justification options to DM labels

                                          Be able to have labels set to right justified or bottom justified, rather than always being top-left justified. This way they will update correctly when the value changes during the design.

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