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Design Master April 2019 Newsletter

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AutoCAD 2020 Support

Autodesk released AutoCAD 2020 last week. All of our software is compatible with AutoCAD 2020.

Make sure to install the latest update to ensure the version you have will work with AutoCAD 2020.

Design Master Electrical 8.6 Beta

The beta version of Design Master Electrical 8.6 is now available. The major new feature in this release is time-current curves for breakers. These curves can be used for selective coordination and arc-flash calculations.

A complete list of new features is available on our website. 

We are actively looking for feedback on the new features we have added. There are a few ways you can help by giving us your input.

Features and Feedback Webinar

Join us for a webinar covering the new features on Wednesday, April 10 at 11:00am Eastern time. We will demonstrate all the new features. You will have a chance to provide feedback during the webinar. Your comments will help us refine the features before their final release. Attending the webinar is an easy way to provide feedback without being a beta tester.

Beta Testers Wanted

Current Design Master Electrical customers are welcome to install and use the new software. It is production ready and currently being used by other customers on real projects. Reply to this email if you are interested in beta testing.

Breaker Curve Requests Wanted

We are looking for input on breakers you plan on using in future projects.

Breaker curves have to be manually added to the software by us. At this point, the difference between our software and SKM or Easy Power is the database of breakers that are included.

As we work on adding breakers, you likely will discover that a breaker curve you need is not available in the software. When that happens, let us know what breaker you are using. We will get it loaded and available within a few days.

If you can let us know now what breakers you are likely to use in the future, we can add them so they are available when the software is released.

Customer Stories Wanted

Every Design Master user has a story to tell. We enjoy sharing them, and other customers enjoy learning about how other people are using the software. Would you be interested in telling us your story?

Published stories from other customers can be viewed on our website.

We'll interview you over the phone, then craft a narrative based upon the information you provide. We will work with you to make sure the story meets your approval. It will then be published to our website and featured in a future newsletter.

Use this link to schedule a phone call to share your story.

Online Training

A regular online training webinar is available every month for Design Master Electrical for AutoCAD and Design Master Electrical RT for Revit. Each training has a lesson on a specific topic and time at the end for any questions you have.

Electrical for Revit training is the 1st Thursday of the month at 1:30pm Eastern.

Electrical for AutoCAD training is the 3rd Thursday of the month at 1:30pm Eastern.

Complete details about the training are available on our website.

Want to be notified when we post upcoming topics or make changes to the schedule? Sign up for email notifications here.

View recordings of past trainings:

Here is the schedule for the next two months:

April 4, 2019: Electrical for Revit
Fault Calculations, Arc-flash Calculations, and Voltage Drop Calculations

April 18, 2019: Electrical for AutoCAD
Tick Mark Blocks, Schedules, and Leader Options

May 2, 2019: Electrical for Revit
Topic to Be Announced

May 16, 2019: Electrical for AutoCAD
Elevation Labels and 3D Drafting Options

Documentation Updates

Knowledge Base Updates

The following articles have been added to the knowledge base:



Electrical RT


Training Videos

The following training videos have been added to the knowledge base: