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Conrad Preen

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  1. Yes I think that's reasonable. We'll make it happen 🙂 Conrad
  2. Hi @irenao Well first of all I would strongly suggest you upgrade! ConnectCAD 2021 is so much better. And it just keeps on improving. When ConnectCAD 2018 was being tested Spotlight 2019 did not exist. I think you have to at least get onto the same version. Conrad
  3. I think you have to understand that software like living organisms evolves. Evolution isn't perfect either. The Vagus nerve is a great example. It goes from the brain down the neck around the aorta an back up to your throat. Nuts! Except of course back when our distant ancestors were fish that was the most direct route... So back to software. The problems we are trying to solve change over time and our expectations of software increase exponentially. In a way yes, panels are panels. I've certainly thought about merging them. But putting everything into one tool with a zillion modes won't necessarily be easier to use. In the end a design is a model that has to be good enough for an installer to execute. It doesn't have to be absolutely perfect. I've found in my life as a designer that the more I removed the need for the installers to think, the less they engaged their brains and the more frequently they made stupid mistakes. So I started to do the opposite. Give them less information so they were actually forced to think. Performance and accuracy improved as a result. Just my 2c worth. Conrad
  4. Hi @DSchoepke That sounds interesting and on the verge of being totally possible! Nested rooms are something we are looking into. You can add user fields to ConnectCAD objects and visualise them on the drawing (see this thread) If you are not in a big hurry even better ways of doing this are coming 🙂 . The locations of physical equipment (as opposed to theoretical schematic devices) are defined by Equipment Item objects. When you move this object around it detects its location in rooms and racks and updates the corresponding device(s). All that happens automatically. The location information appears in the default circuit report too. So you can filter by this also. You can assign your own symbols to Equipment Items in the Object Info palette to have whatever look you desire. ConnectCAD reports are normal Vectorworks reports - no magic. We just have them in the menu to make life easier. You can customise them to add extra fields, modify the criteria to filter by location etc. etc. and you can save it all as a template so you only have to set this up once. If you have time to PM me some example files I'd really like to see what you are doing and maybe I can offer more specific advice. Regards Conrad
  5. @stancilent If you could PM the file, I can look into why the Get Connectors button isn't working in your case. Thanks Conrad
  6. @stancilent Please see my reply to your other post on this subject. I think you are using the wrong kind of device for this purpose. A Term Panel would make your life a lot easier. Conrad
  7. Hello @stancilent Doesn't it also "suck" when the text is too small to be readable? Anyway, you can set the text size by selecting the object and using the Font menu to adjust to your needs. I am curious as to why some people choose to model standard rack-mounting panels in this way using CTPs. The Term Panel tool is designed to create these kind of devices. And when you create the equipment, you can set any Equipment Item to use a symbol for its graphics using the Object Info Palette Display > Use Symbol option. That gives you the way to visualise the connectors in as much detail as you like. Connector Panels were actually intended to help design those myriad custom connector panels that appear all around venues. For standard rack-mount panels they are an over-complication IMHO. Be interested to hear why you are doing it this way. Conrad
  8. Hi Thomas You can do what you want in ConnectCAD. You can have multiple instances of the same device (i.e. same name) and if you have also duplicate sockets across those devices it's OK. ConnectCAD will simply carry on working. Circuits will collect the data from the sockets and devices at their endpoints and this data will appear in reports. If those reports contain conflicting info (e.g. 2 cables going into one socket) that will be because you designed it that way. But you can't have your cake and eat it. Meaning that you can't expect Check Drawing to "know" that in some cases sockets are intentionally duplicated and in others not. I don't think it's a good idea to add exceptions to the rules that Check Drawing uses. It only creates ways for things to go wrong. Nothing in ConnectCAD stands in your way as far as I can see. You could probably hide your duplicate sockets using classes to help you avoid unintentional connections. When you have finalised your design just delete the unused sockets and Check Drawing will make sure you have no issues remaining. Best Conrad
  9. Hi @Ross McLee I thought the Check Drawing command did that. Could you please PM me the file in question? Conrad
  10. Hi Thomas My 2c worth... I would not use the class system to control whether a socket is enabled for connection or not. Classes get turned on and off for all kinds of reasons. In 20 years you are the first to express the thought that duplicate sockets in duplicate devices might be allowed if we could somehow mark those sockets as disabled. Others may have thought it but they didn't say. It will take a few more votes to persuade me that the current way is wrong. Seems to me we should look at why it feels hard to reconfigure a bunch of sockets in a device. Getting Check Drawing to ignore intentionally duplicated devices while detected accidental duplicates - that could be interesting. So the question in my mind is what if that intention goes away in a subsequent iteration of the design? Suppose we did somehow mark a duplicate as being intentional then how would it get unmarked? We will think about it. Not promising anything. I still like that fact that Check Drawing has no state. Like justice it is blind. Cornad
  11. Hi @teedd I have the feeling that this may be a case of mixed service packs 2021SP2 and SP3. If one of you upgraded and the other did not then saving back to SP2 can cause this kind of thing. Is that the case here? Thanks for sending us all the files by the way - this really speeds up diagnosis. We investigate and get back to you. Conrad
  12. Dear @Thomas_ First of all, you are not limited to the devices we provide. You can easily create your own and you can edit the standard devices to create what you want. What you describe with a pass-thru connector is a term panel where you have a cable connector on both sides. Check out how these are configured and maybe that will be a solution for you? Conrad
  13. Also you can set the Text Align parameter to Above. Thanks for sending the images of how you are using custom panels. Originally I had not envisaged these being used to depict standard rack mount panels. When I was a designer they never gave me enough time to draw these things in that level of detail. Now that I see what you are doing I will keep that in mind and see how we can accomodate this better. Thanks Conrad
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