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DraftLogic Electrical January 2011 Release Notes

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

The Only Completely Automated Noncoincident Loads Handling

We are proud to announce that DraftLogic Electrical now includes the only completely automated noncoincident loads handling we are aware of for building electrical design software in the free world…and the not-so-free world for that matter!  There are also some other enhancements and bug fixes.

Here is a list of the more important changes in this release versus our last major release in October 2010.  Please call (Dean @ 780-906-2888) or email (dwhitford@draftlogic.com) if you have any questions or would like to get a quick WebEx walk-through of the new features.  We can schedule a session to occur at your convenience; I expect we’ll cover everything new in 20-30 minutes. 

1. You can now have an unlimited number of groups and subgroups of noncoincident loads in your project.  At any point in the single line (aka power tree / electrical distribution system) where noncoincident loads from a group meet, only the largest load subgroup is included in the load calculations.  To make this happen, all you have to do is put your choice of identifying phrases or numbers in the noncoincident groups ID and subgroup ID attributes that have been at the end of the attribute list on receptacle, wattage bearing junction boxes, and motors for some time.  

Were you wondering what those attributes were for?  Now you know!  This completely automated decision and calculation enhancement will enable you to design to maximum efficiency without having to spend hours calculating different loads in and out at various points of your project’s electrical distribution.  I have prepared a drawing with some uses of noncoincident loads if you want to see how the noncoincident loads functionality works in a completed project—let me know if you would like to receive the drawing.

2. The wattage limit has been increased to seven digits for branch circuits.  So motors of up to 9,999,999 watts can now be supported…although you may have trouble with the protection and conductor sizing for such a beast

3. Automated support for CEC 14-606 effects on transformer secondary child bus sizing have been completed.  The bus of the transformer’s secondary side child panel will be upsized automatically as required by this rule & the user notified of the change with a notification arrow.  Thanks for the help on this one, John K!

4. Numerous little gremlins, trolls, goblins and various other evil creatures (aka bugs) living in the source code have been ferreted out and sent back to the magical lands where they are supposed to live.

There are some great things coming soon, like 64 bit operating system support and major improvements to the Annotation Organizer (20% speed increase, improved xref collision avoidance, and completion of support for situations like end-to-end rows of luminaires).  The new Annotation Organizer is actually ready for beta use, so if you have a project that you are finishing up and you desire to clean the annotation up, let me know and we’ll set you up to try the new Annotation Organizer.

[2011/11/11 Update: both the 64bit migration and the Annotation Organizer optimizations mentioned above are now complete and shipping!]

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For information, please visit our web site at http://www.draftlogic.com ,email dwhitford@draftlogic.com, or call Dean Whitford at 780.906.2888.
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