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. Export Equipment List to Excel

    Export a list of equipment connections and information to a file that can be opened and viewed in Excel. The file would be for post-processing only. Any changes to the equipment would still be made using the other DM commands.

    51 votes
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      low effort to implement  ·  2 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Swap & Copy Circuits

      When copying circuits in the swap and copy dialog, multipole breakers do not copy to the new location as multipole breakers, they copy as single pole. It appears that you have to set the number of poles and their positions in the circuiting dialog before starting the copy/swap routine.

      45 votes
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        low effort to implement  ·  6 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • 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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          low effort to implement  ·  2 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • 32 votes
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            low effort to implement  ·  3 comments  ·  HVAC  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Light Fixture Settings - Different Blocks

            The ability to define an egress fixture as the same fixture/block as the normal fixtures, with an option to turn a hatch on/off to differentiate. Similar to in Revit, where you can set an instance parameter and check it to turn fixtures into the egress blocks. The fixture type stays the same, only the visible block changes.

            27 votes
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              low effort to implement  ·  5 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Add a "match circuit" command.

              Make the "Select Circuit from Drawing <" button a command that can be typed into the command line. After this command has been run, do not show the Circuiting window, instead go immediately to "Circuit Devices <". The user can then continue to circuit additional devices to the circuit they selected. A double right click would bring up the Circuiting window or the user could escape out of the command without showing the window.

              26 votes
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                low effort to implement  ·  2 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Total Load in Project

                Please add capability to total loads for the project before the circuiting is complete.

                I would like to have a load sheet that keeps track of the total project load.

                What I use now is a modified panel shedule that only shows the loads for a dummy panel I create called service. I connect all the panels together and then to Service. This gives me a total load analysis for the project, but only after the design is complete. I need to be able to confirm my loads and service sizing at the design development stage before circuiting.

                A consideration…

                20 votes
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                  low effort to implement  ·  1 comment  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Highlight Duct Sizes That Changed After Resizing Ductwork

                  For large sprawling duct systems it is difficult to monitor all the duct sizes that change. When you calculate and redraw a single branch, all the ducts are erased and redrawn. This makes it difficult to know which duct sizes changed and which stayed the same.

                  18 votes
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                    low effort to implement  ·  0 comments  ·  HVAC  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Change Room Names from the Zone Tree or Floor Tree

                    Be able to right click or slow-double-click on a room name in the Zone Tree or Floor Tree to be able to change it

                    15 votes
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                      low effort to implement  ·  0 comments  ·  HVAC  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Upsize wire of branch circuits based on voltage drop

                      have the branch circuits upsize wire based on the voltage drop or have a setting similar to what we have in AutoCAD.

                      11 votes
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                        low effort to implement  ·  0 comments  ·  Electrical RT  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Homerun from non-circuited devices

                        We'd like an option to manually homerun from devices that lack a circuit. For example, we frequently connect switched receptacles to relays controlled by occupancy sensors, so we'd like to show our homeruns to start at that relay as opposed to a receptacle. We also currently show lighting homeruns commencing at relays for the same reason.

                        We'd still like to be able to select devices whose circuits we want to include in the homerun.

                        10 votes
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                          low effort to implement  ·  2 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Redundant Ground

                          Add "Redundant Ground" as an option for receptacles. Would add an additional ground wire to the tick marks and add an "RG" or similar label to the receptacle itself.

                          10 votes
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                            low effort to implement  ·  0 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Default label locations in blocks

                            Be able to specify locations for labels in blocks. When the labels are added to the block, they will be placed in the desired locations, rather than in the somewhat random default location they are currently placed in.

                            9 votes
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                              low effort to implement  ·  2 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Add command to match diffuser callout and location; just like you have for light fixtures.

                              It would be nice to at least have the command to match diffuser callout location.

                              9 votes
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                                low effort to implement  ·  0 comments  ·  HVAC  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Reset panel "Fixed Loads".

                                Often, I need to "start over" on a panel that I've assigned fixed loads. It would be handy to have a button that would clear every fixed load on the panel. Or even be able to select several circuits and clear those circuit's fixed loads.

                                8 votes
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                                  low effort to implement  ·  2 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • 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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                                    low effort to implement  ·  2 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • add leaders to duct text

                                    Add leader for duct text like it does when you add a grille, diffuser, or light fixture

                                    7 votes
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                                      low effort to implement  ·  0 comments  ·  HVAC  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • 7 votes
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                                        low effort to implement  ·  0 comments  ·  Plumbing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Print Load Calculations: Have a Select All/Unselect All checkbox

                                        When printing load calculations, have a Select All/Unselect All check box. It's a bit tedious to do manually.

                                        7 votes
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                                          low effort to implement  ·  0 comments  ·  HVAC  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • More customization for equipment callouts

                                          Add more complicated options for callouts on equipment.

                                          Add MCA and MOCP as notes on the callout on the drawing.

                                          See images on this forum post for examples:
                                          http://forums.designmaster.biz/index.php?showtopic=1817

                                          If you vote for this, it would be helpful if you could leave a comment letting us know what values you want displayed in the equipment callout.

                                          6 votes
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                                            low effort to implement  ·  0 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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