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  1. Well suppose you wanted to add some extra connectors on your panel that weren't in the schematic? You could grab the connector symbol from Default Content but you would want to set the name. Or supposing you had saved a pre-built panel as a symbol and dragged it in, and then you wanted to manually assign the connectors to match the ones on your schematic? Just two cases off the top of my head. Conrad
  2. Hi Neil, Thanks for the feedback. Some tweaks to this workflow have been on my list for a while now. We'll take a look at that. Conrad
  3. Well changing the schematic socket name this way wasn't really a workflow that I had in mind. And it really begs the question in my mind as to whether that's what you would want to do every time? Changing stuff automatically on another layer that you can't see falls under the heading of "unforeseen consequences" in my book. We should definitely be very cautious about that. My 2c worth. Conrad
  4. Hi @SWeis, Not yet... but stay close 😉 Conrad
  5. @Kelzilla1000Thanks for the heads-up! It may well be that the Germans have localised the folder to Geraete Symbole or something like that. You can track this down in the default content - the English path to the file is /Libraries/Defaults/ConnectCAD/Device/Device\ Labels.vwx. You should be able to burrow down into there in the Resource Manager ( Zubehor Manager? ). Sorry but it's been a while since I had dealings with the German version and I don't remember all the translations. Give that a try and let me know how it goes. If you can't find the answer I'll ask Computerworks. Conrad
  6. Yes that's right. We narrowed it down to the layer change. It will be fixed.
  7. Hello everyone! This occurs because ConnectCAD is designed to scale its objects by the current snap grid. This makes sure that everything schematic stays sized correctly for the grid - A GOOD THING!!! By setting a suitable snap grid you can draw sensible-looking schematics at any size you want. You are probably wondering why ? Let me explain. Some ConnectCAD users like to draw their schematics at scales different from 1:1. For example. event planners like to drawn schematics direct on the floor plan. Then they can read off their basic cable lengths direct from the perimeters of the circuits saving a huge amount of time. The basic symbols were all designed on a 4mm grid so when editing these symbols in a drawing with a 1/4" grid you will have to scale your graphics by 4 / 6.35 to get the results you expect. Yes, that complicates customisation for sure. But inevitably customising any software is a trip into deeper waters. I would like to expand the range of templates we supply with the software to give you a better set of starting points to create your own look. But I don't have the resources right now thanks to limitations arising from the pandemic. In any case we'd be in an exercise where we try to guess what you want. So here's my proposal: why not PM me examples of the look that you want and I will develop some new templates based on those. Hope this helps. Conrad
  8. Further to this: from what I am seeing moving the equipment item after it is created causes it to reset and link to the device. You can tell that the device has got the message because the Physical parameters are disabled. Obviously there is something here we need to look at. Thanks again for the heads-up.
  9. I am getting ahead of myself. The layer Rack Elevation is still created by the command Update Rack Elevation if it does not exist. This will change. Thanks for raising this and testing so thoroughly! We will look into it and see what's happening. As I said above this will in any case be changed so the problem will go away. I will get back to you with some news about this. I would not even go there! Drawing order is not something you should rely on since it will change as you make edits. The thing to do is avoid duplicate equipment items. Best regards Conrad
  10. Hi Neil Well being in a lockdown and getting bored does improve my response time 😉 . Thanks for pointing out the issue with rotating an Equipment Item - I just confirmed that and the team will be on that first thing Monday morning. And yes, we are working together with the Spotlight team to make it all play nice together. Expect even better things in the near future. Conrad
  11. @AceRoehrborn Hi Neil, The choice is yours and really depends on the level of detail your project requires. Equipment Items can be placed in 3D models of the building your are working in to show the exact positioning. Or for some projects it may be completely sufficient just to indicate which area (Room) the kit is located in. In these cases really all you need is a 2D layout which is normally convenient to do in the same layer as the 2D rack elevation. Equipment Items have a checkbox Draw in Front View which is displayed when the equipment is outside of a rack. This lets you select the mode most appropriate. If I was doing a simple 2D layout along with my racks I would check the box so the view is consistent. You can also use symbols as graphics for Equipment. If you check the Use Symbol box then you can select a symbol to display instead of the default graphics. So, if the manufacturer provides a 3D model of the equipment you can import it, create a symbol from it and have your gear drawn in glorious 3D !!! The layer names in the standard template are not compulsory - you can use whatever layer names suit your purpose. The reason we have 2D and 3D racks is quite simple - building racks with 2D drag and drop is fast and simple. The 3D rack is just a visualisation tool for the 2D rack. We would do it all in 3D if we could, but we don't have really great 3D editing ... yet... Regarding your questions about schematic devices vs. equipment, here's how it works... The Equipment Item represents the physical device. You can have more than one schematic device with the same Name. ConnectCAD will assume that these refer to the same piece of Equipment that also has the same name. Once an Equipment Item exists for a device the physical characteristics of the device are controlled by the Equipment for all devices with that name, and those parameters are disabled in the OIP. The only reason we have physical device info in the schematic device is because that allows us to create all the equipment in one click - a massive time-saver. Each piece of Equipment should be uniquely named across your project. If you have two or more Equipment Items with the same name ConnectCAD will use the first it comes to. Check Drawing has a function to locate duplicate Equipment. We do not automatically enforce unique naming because that would limit your workflow. Hope I've managed to clarify a few things. Thank you for putting your questions here. This is how I discover what people find confusing so I'll look for ways to make this workflow clearer in the software and the documentation. Best Conrad
  12. Hi Neil, Thanks for reporting this. We have fixed this issue and it will be released in the next Service Pack. Best Conrad
  13. Thanks for the report! Basically this is stretching the updating further than before! Worksheet edits update the object parameter but that doesn't cause the related object(s) to update. Leave this one with us... Conrad
  14. Hi @AceRoehrborn Would it be possible for you to PM me the document? I'm seeing this a bit but nowhere near the extreme that you are seeing. So let's find out what's different. Conrad
  15. I'll have think about it - not promising anything. ConnectCAD did without hop-overs for almost 15 years. And very few people had a problem with that. Quite often a hop-over is a sign that a drawing would be clearer if laid out in a different way or that the circuit in question should be set to arrow-style. One of the neat things about ConnectCAD is that it's really easy to re-order sockets in devices to uncross your wires. Not saying that your use-case isn't valid but sometimes it pays to think out of the box. Conrad


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