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. 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.

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    • Change default "max depth" setting for ductwork

      Add an option for the default "max depth" value that is used when you insert a new duct. Currently it always starts at 24 and you have to remember to change it if you want something different.

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      • 'Capped Ductwork for Future Use' command

        This is similar to the 'end cap' command, but would draw a 'capped for future use' symbol on the end of a duct branch.

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        • Default Groups

          Have the ability to define a default device group name. In multi-phase projects it would be helpful to be able to set a group name as the default instead of having DM go to the "General" group.

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          • Different Layers for New and Existing Items in Schedules

            Use different layers for new and existing circuits in panel schedules or new and existing equipment in equipment schedules.

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            • ADD SECURITY SYMBOLS TO LV OPTIONS

              DOOR STRIKE/DOOR CONTACT
              CAMERA
              MOTION SENSOR
              CARD READER
              KEYPAD

              JUST A FEW EXAMPLES...

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              • Import single piece of equipment

                Currently, the "Import Equipment from Another Project" command imports all the equipment. Update that function to allow you to choose specific pieces of equipment to import.

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                • Voltage Drop in Equipment Schedule

                  Add "Voltage Drop" as a column to the equipment schedule. Would list the branch circuit voltage drop to a each piece of equipment in the schedule.

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                  • Add load column to receptacle schedule

                    Add a column to the receptacle schedule to show the load on the receptacle.

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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.

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                      • Command to Automatically Turn Photometric Layers On and Off

                        It would be nice to have ribbon menu icon commands to turn the photometric layers on and off as well as automatically turn the respective layer back on after doing a recalc of either general or egress lighting.

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                        • Find Unlooped Devices

                          A function similar to “Find Uncircuited” that finds elements that are circuited but have not been looped – “Find Unlooped” or something of that nature. I often am at risk of missing a dedicated receptacle or single equipment connection that I circuited, but missed when I was going through the looping/home run process.

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                          • Rotate Equipment ID Tags

                            Presently the equipment ID tag reverts to "world" orientation whenever it is moved or when you coordinate data base. Please make it subject to rotate text command, such that it stays in the orientation selected.

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                            • 1 vote
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                              • Export Light Fixture Watts to Excel

                                Export the Energy Code Settings->Watts field from the light fixture schedule to Excel using the DM Electrical Excel Add-in.

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                                • Use commas or spaces to separate voltage, #poles, #wires ect for equipment callouts

                                  Currently information on the equipment call out is all grouped together without separation. We have had this requested several times by our clients who would like this changed on our drawings. To currently meet this request we are spending to much time adjusting these individually.

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                                  • Custom Transformer Impedance and XR Ratio

                                    Be able to create a custom table of impedance and XR ratio values for transformers based upon the kVA. Currently the default values are fixed. If you always use different values, you have to manually change them every time.

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                                    • Customizable tick marks

                                      DesignMaster currently supports the following tick marks during an "Insert tick mark" operation:

                                      - Hots
                                      - Neutral
                                      - Ground
                                      - Iso ground
                                      - Switch leg
                                      - Traveller
                                      - Space

                                      We'd like the option to include customizable tick marks in addition to the ones already implemented above. For example, we include tick marks for low voltage cabling used to dim luminaries on our drawings.

                                      I imagine the customization being performed through Design Master Electrical Options under the "Tick Mark Blocks" section. There'd be a "Customized tick mark 1 name" option and another option called "Customized tick mark 1 block". These customized…

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                                      • Equipment Panel Description

                                        In the Panel Description dropdown, add "Equipment Callout + Description" to the list, in addition to "Same as Equipment Callout" and "Custom".

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                                        • Luminaire energy code settings should default to "input VA" for Watts & "schedule descrip." for description

                                          This would save two extra input steps in most cases. You could still click into the box to edit the Watts and Description.

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