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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    • 229 votes
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      • Upsize Wires Based upon Voltage Drop

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

        148 votes
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        • Annotation Scaling / Multiple Scales on a Single Drawing

          Add support for annotative scale factors for blocks and text. This would allow blocks and text to be the same size in different scaled viewports.

          152 votes
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          • Display Equipment Disconnect Ratings on Drawing

            Display the rating of the disconnect and the rating of the fused on the drawing adjacent to the disconnect symbol.

            2 votes
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            • 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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              • Equipment Circuit Length in Schedule

                Add new column to the equipment schedule that would display the length of the branch circuit.

                4 votes
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                • 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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                  • Metric

                    Support drawings with metric base units.

                    14 votes
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                    • 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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                      • 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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                        • 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.

                          20 votes
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                          • 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.

                            41 votes
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                            • Add an attribute for panel schedule

                              Add an attribute that adds the odd circuit and the even circuit in a panel schedule, i.e. circuits 1 & 2, circuits 3 & 4, etc., and be able to put that attribute in the phase block of the panel schedule.

                              1 vote
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                              • 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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                                • Background Mask for Text

                                  Have a mask on all the text inserted with Design Master that will hide anything on the drawing behind it to make it easier to read.

                                  22 votes
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                                  • password protect the master database to prevent accidental changes

                                    It is too easy for anyone to select "Copy to Master" and make a mess of the master database.

                                    6 votes
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                                    • Add spell check option for schedules.

                                      ACAD spell check does not update Design Master Schedules. ACAD spell check needs to be run every time a schedule is updated.

                                      11 votes
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                                      • 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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                                        • Make the note fields for panels and switchboard larger and editable

                                          We need the note fields for Panels and Switchboards to be larger and editable like the Description, Model, and Note fields in the Light Fixture Project Schedule.

                                          33 votes
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