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Design Master October 2010 Newsletter

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Social Media Survey

Last month, we asked if anyone uses blogs, LinkedIn or Twitter (collectively known as social media) and received no responses. We think that this means no one uses social media, but we would like to be sure. If you could fill out our very brief survey this month, we would appreciate it. Even if you do not use social media, clicking "No" four times and then "Submit" would be very helpful to us.

(Editor's note: This survey was closed at the end of October. Read about the results in our MEP Social Media Survey Results article.)

MEP 3D-BIM Survey Results

Last month, we conducted a survey of engineers and designers in the MEP industry to learn about their experiences using building information modeling (BIM). A link to the survey was included in our monthly newsletter, on various LinkedIn groups, on Autodesk's AutoCAD MEP forum, and on AUGI's Revit MEP forum. We received 70 responses from individuals working in the United States which confirmed our general sense of the industry: everyone is talked about BIM, but it is not yet common practice.

Read the MEP 3D-BIM Survey Results article.

The Future of Design Master and Revit

Time and again, a simple support call from a customer ends with the question, "By the way, are you doing anything with Revit? I'm getting a lot of pressure from my architects to start using it." It used to be a monthly question, but now we are asked this a few times a week. We know that our answer to this question is becoming more and more of a concern for our customers. Let me share with you what we are doing to allow you to continue to use Design Master and keep your Revit-using architects happy.

Read the Future of Design Master and Revit article.

Customer Story: Jewell Electric

Our customer success story for October 2010 is Jewell Electric. Don Jewell is a long-time Design Master Electrical user. He says, “With Design Master, we’ve never had a job we couldn’t handle.”

Forgotten Features

This monthly column highlights one feature from each of our programs that we consider "forgotten." Either you knew about them but have forgotten that they were a part of software or never knew they existed in the first place. Hopefully you will learn about or rediscover a feature that you can use on your next project.

These are brief overviews of the features, not detailed tutorials. If you have specific questions on how to use them, let us know in the article comments, on the forums, or by sending us an email.

HVAC: IFC Export

Electrical: One-Line Riser Diagrams

Plumbing: Isometric Riser Diagrams

Design Master Wish List

We have created a public wish list for Design Master. You can use this list to provide us feedback on the direction you want our software to take. Even if you don't have a feature in mind you want added, you can still participate by voting for features that others have suggested. As always, thank you for all your feedback and suggestions. We hope this wish list makes it easier for you to share all your ideas with us.

Visit the wish list.

Recent Support Blog Posts

We have a support blog on our website where we provide answers to questions we receive about our software. You can use the search box on our website to see if a question you have has already been answered.