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Customizing Panel Schedules

Thursday, April 18th, 2013

Panel and other one-line device schedules are created differently from other schedules in Design Master Electrical. They are created using a set of custom blocks. Using custom blocks provides greater flexibility in the appearance of the schedule, but also means they must be customized differently.

To change the appearance of the schedule you must change the appearance of the block.

Changing Colors

The colors of the entities are set in the block. To change the color, you must open the block and change the color there. Changing the color of the layers in the regular customization commands will not change the color of the schedule.

Changing Text Styles

The text location, style, and justification is also set in the block. Labels are inserted as regular text. Values that are updated are inserted as attributes. To change any of these settings, the values must be changed in the block. When the schedule is updated, the attribute value will be updated, but all the other settings will left alone.

Opening and Redefining the Right Blocks

The schedule consists of a header block, a different block for each phase (A, B, and C), a footer block, and a wrap block. Each block must be modified individually.

To modify a block, insert the schedule that you want to modify. Use the DM Electrical->Customization->Open Block from Drawing command and select part of the schedule. The block definition will be opened for you.

Make the necessary changes in the block and save it.

Then use the DM Electrical->Customization->Redefine Block in this Drawing command and select the same part of the schedule to update the block definition. Then, erase the schedule and reinsert it. It is necessary to erase and reinsert the schedule in order for some attributes value to be properly updated.

Be careful when opening and redefining the phase blocks. A common error is to modify the block associated with one phase and to then redefine a block associated with a different phase. It will appear that nothing has changed, when really the wrong block was selected.

Schedule Block Attributes

The default schedules do not include all the possible values that can be included in the schedule. To insert more information, use the DM Electrical->Customization->Block Creation->Insert One Line Device Schedule Attribute command.

Once an attribute is inserted, modify the settings to make it look right for the schedule.

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