January 26, 2017 at 9:39 am #118601RichardParticipant
I was looking for a section for feature suggestions, but couldn’t find one, so I’ve created a new post specifically for this.
So, I would like to kick this off with a suggestion of additional wall items and options as per my attached picture.
When doing our designs, we often need to specify the building of new walls both internal and external, and so my fitters require detailed information on the new walls, and I find I am spending an awful lot of time ‘fudging’ the existing wall options to try to make them suit our needs, and so felt it was time to suggest some additional options and features to cover this.
The first suggestion is that the standard wall tool has not been updated for an extremely long time, with the exception of the addition of the virtual wall tool, so my suggestion is to add two more wall items to the options available:
1. Cavity Wall – A wall that draws a proper three part cavity wall with an internal wall, external wall and void in between for insulation.
The default total thickness would be 300mm.
This would ideally have the option to ‘Change wall type’ independantly for all three layers, so that they can each display a different ‘Hatching’ type to each other.
Also ideally, there would be the ability to change the thickness of each wall section individually, maybe in the ‘Properties’ options, where you could alter each ones thickness individually from the default 100mm for each.
2. Double sided wall. A wall that allows the user to plan on both sides of the wall, with each side having ‘snapping’ capabilities. Whilst you can create an additional internal ‘double sided wall’ by clicking a wall, holding down the control key and dragging out, this is only really suitable if the wall is the full width of the room, and is no good for l-shaped walls etc. In kitchen design, there is often a utility room added, which needs to be drawn independantly, with two walls back to back to allow designing on the kitchen side as well as the utility sde of the wall, and often creates problems with perfect alignment etc.
The second suggestion is to add more ‘Wall type’ options to cover more usage requirements:
1. Batt – To add the generic wavy ‘insulation’ key to a wall.
2. Stud – To show timber studs and board, with the studs spaced at a standard dimension (525mm), which can be altered in the walls ‘properties’ menu, eg. ‘Wall hatching spacing distance = 525mm’
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January 30, 2017 at 5:26 am #118682
Be nice now we have the ability to select multiple annotations, to be able to move them in bulk to another layer. I often have fitters notes and client notes on different layers in order to turn on or off the ones I need, but it takes a while at the moment.
Also a ceiling lantern tool? or an item in advanced graphics that would cut a hole in the ceiling like the sinks in the worktops. Currently I draw a graphic box at ceiling height and cut a hole in it.
-totally agree with the above suggestions as well
January 30, 2017 at 5:33 am #118683RichardParticipant
I Agree with Grants suggestion of a ceiling cutout tool like worktops – I too often need to do this, and also use *Box to acheive this, which is not ideal.
For the annotations, I tend to save fitters notes as a named view on plan, then I need to delete them to add new notes for, say, a worktop plan for my worksurface fabricators, then need to remember to save that as a new named view, and switch between the named plan views as required. Annotation Layers would be a great addition, so that they can simply be switched on and off as required.
February 7, 2017 at 10:32 am #119293Jim Smalley2020 Expert
Thank you for the input to date; I will be reviewing the suggestions made so far in the near future and making more specific comments once done.
@Grant – regarding the request for a zoom shortcut, Version 6.0 (due in the Autumn of 2017) will be enhanced to facilitate mouse-wheel controlled zooming. I would expect that this will actually prove to deliver what you require – but just in a different way.
February 14, 2017 at 4:24 am #120103
New suggestion 🙂
With the annotation selection, would it be possible to shift click (group select) and move the whole selection to a new layer? At the moment if I want to set up different note layers (Worktops, client, fitter etc..) I have to move each to a new layer seperately.
Also with the lights, I know we can make different light areas but could we make it so I can select all within a light area? At the moment if I want to adjust under worktop LED’s I have to shift click each one in the lights section for about ten minutes 😛
April 5, 2017 at 4:49 am #123877
I have a new feature suggestion:
Would it be possible to ‘Lock’ Layers, like in photoshop. for example, if I have a complex ceiling or multi height floors I will make them from boxes, move them to another layer and turn that layer off while I work. But it would be nice to just lock the layer when I am finished with it, then I don’t have to remember to turn it back on for Renders. I know that you can lock multiple items, but that doesn’t seem to work correctly as I still end up deleting or accidently moving ‘locked’ items.
June 21, 2017 at 11:23 am #135907
Not sure if this is possible already but it would be really helpful if in plan view we could show the handings of doors and how many drawers….Currently I print off a plan and add these manually….If it isn’t currently possible to do this is it something that is being considered?
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