What features would you like to see added to a future version of DataCAD?
#76900 by CSutter
Thu Aug 22, 2019 2:16 pm
I would really appreciate a dynamic option in the Measures Menu for the Area/Perimeter. At least with the rectangle option selected, though if it could display the area for a polygon dynamically that would be even better. It would be useful when blocking out plans and aiming for a target size area. Seems like a simple thing, but I can't find that option in my 21 program.
#76901 by joshhuggins
Thu Aug 22, 2019 2:45 pm
Get's my vote. I could have used this a lot just two days ago. We have the dynamic perimeter readout already replacing the zbase in the Cords and Hints bar. Having Area in zheight spot makes sense to me.
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#76902 by dhs
Thu Aug 22, 2019 3:34 pm
For blocking out have you considered one of the available add-on macros?

Bill D'Amico produced a 'Blocker' macro back in 1989. I'm not sure if that is still available (or if so where you could purchase it).

More recently, I have produced a 'Space Planner' macro which builds on the same ideas as Bill's macro. 'Space Planner' is available free (although donations are of course appreciated!) from my website .

I am currently in the final stages of beta testing a new 'Spaces' macro that offers several enhancements over the 'Space Planner' macro. There is a thread on this forum related to this new macro.

In the event that the macros are not suitable for your use I would of course appreciate feedback on how they could be improved!

Best Regards,
David H.
#76903 by Mark F. Madura
Thu Aug 22, 2019 3:44 pm
CSutter wrote:I would really appreciate a dynamic option in the Measures Menu for the Area/Perimeter.

Good suggestion. In the meantime, you can use Curves, Polyline, Edit. The perimeter and area are updated dynamically as you make changes to the polyline boundary.
#76904 by CSutter
Thu Aug 22, 2019 3:51 pm
David- Looks like a nice planning tool and I;ll give it a try. However I am currently working within the footprint of an existing hospital and really need to be able to alot spaces based on square footage for a few of the departments that are being considered for relocation; all of which has to work within the existing structural system and partitions.
#77415 by artmanvt2000
Tue Dec 31, 2019 1:44 pm
I'll second Mark M.'s suggestion. When I have a project that requires constant monitoring of areas, I create a layer named Areas. I outline all rooms and building perimeter with a polyline. The area and perimeter can be found by simply identifying the polyline.

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