Design Master Wish List

The current releases are DM Electrical RT 1.3, DM Electrical 8.5, 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 1.4, DM Electrical 8.6, 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. 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.

    162 votes
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  2. 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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  3. 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.

    29 votes
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  4. 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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  5. Metric

    Support drawings with metric base units.

    14 votes
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  6. 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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  7. Object Enabler for Navisworks

    Create an object enabler for Navisworks to allow the 3D ductwork, pipes, conduit, and cable tray to be viewed directly from the DWG without requiring it to be exported to an IFC file.

    11 votes
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  8. Create Room Outlines Automatically

    Detect room boundaries from the architect's XREF automatically and create rooms based upon it.

    11 votes
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  9. 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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  10. Link to PDF File

    In the various DM schedules (light fixtures, receptacles, diffuser, etc), add the option to link the entry to a PDF file. The PDF could be opened from the schedule, or there could be an option to include it as a hyperlink on the device so it can be opened from the AutoCAD drawing.

    8 votes
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  11. SI units

    SIngle button to change from IP to SI in a drawing.

    7 votes
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  12. 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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  13. Shortcut Keys for DM Commands

    Add shortcut commands for commands. For example, "ML" for "Move Loop or Homerun" or "BC" for "Break Circuit".

    5 votes
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  14. Remember Location of Dialog Boxes

    When a dialog box is moved, remember the location so that the next time it is opened, it is displayed in the same location.

    4 votes
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  15. Importing Revit Model Information

    It would be a great tool if we can have the ability to import model information from Revit drawings which are done by architects. A simple feature would be importing the rooms. This would speed up the process and make designs happen faster.

    4 votes
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  16. Canadian Electrical Code Capability

    As the word of this software is increasing in Canada, it would be a good idea to have the capabilities of incorporating the Canadian Electrical Code into Design Master.

    4 votes
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  17. Remove "DM HVAC", "DM Elec", and "DM Plumb" from AutoCAD window titlebar

    Remove "DM HVAC", "DM Elec", and "DM Plumb" from AutoCAD window titlebar.

    4 votes
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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. Dash in Empty Schedule Cells

    Include an option to print a "-" (a dash) in schedule cells if nothing is printed in them.

    2 votes
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