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President's Perspective

Written by D-Tools Founder and President, Adam Stone

Bundled Wire Packages in SI 2017 v2

We introduced shapes and blocks for packages late last year and as I was writing the introductory blog post and documentation at that time I realized that I had omitted an important feature in the specification as it relates to wire pulls and decided to hold off on...

PDF is the New DWG

This is going to be longer than I intended, but there is a lot of information and I want to make sure I cover it all.  First a bit of history.  I have been working with an AutoCAD (DWG) insert into Visio since 1996. For the most part it has been a challenging...

New Visio Shapes for SI 2016

- Adam Stone, D-Tools President D-Tools’ drawing capabilities leverage a variety of shapes and templates for effective communication with customers, internal teams and other trades. For this reason, D-Tools has added a number of drawing enhancements to the upcoming...

New and Enhanced Visio shapes for SI 2015

Based on your feedback we have been busy creating and enhancing new shapes and templates for the upcoming SI 2015 release. New Location and System Shapes I think the most useful group of shapes will be the new Location and System shapes. The new Location/System shapes...

Solution for Blurry CAD files in Visio 2013

When Visio 2013 first came out in early 2013 we noticed a bug where inserted AutoCAD files did not display at the full resolution and looked blurry at high zoom levels.  We documented the issue in the D-Tools support wiki and I notified my contacts within the Visio...

The J-STD-710 Symbols are Here

So what is this J-STD-710 thing you may be wondering?  Officially it is called the J-STD-710 Audio, Video and Control Architectural Drawing Symbols Standard.  This standard was created by members of the CEA/CEDIA/INFOCOMM R10WG7 Residential Systems Documentation...

Enhanced Wires Shapes for SIX R2

We had a number of user requests for some enhancements to our current selection of wire shapes.  These enhancements are more evolutionary rather than revolutionary.  Lets start with the new Finish Wire shape. Finish Wire Shape Enhancements The biggest improvement we...

New Universal Dimension Shape

The new Universal Dimension shape works on all sides of an object you want to measure and works with all measurement units.  In addition there are now up to 0.0000 user defined levels of precision.  The previous dimension shapes required a separate shape for each side...

Shape and Category Assignments in SIX 2013

In 1998, the year D-Tools was founded, its target market was the residential electronics installation industry.  At that time, it was mostly AV oriented and did not need a lot of product categories.  If memory serves we shipped with about a dozen categories that...

SIA Security Industry Symbols Shipping with SIX 2013

Now that we have a shape methodology that does not require hard coded categories and subcategories, we are free to create very specialized shapes or floor plan symbols in this case. As I was doing some research on this topic I ran across the excellent Architectural...

D-Tools SIX 2013 Visio Shape Enhancements

Overview of the new and enhanced shapes that we will be shipping with the D-Tools SIX 2013 release. New Elevation Shapes: Rack Shape Our new universal rack shape is now configurable for half rack and 23 inch racks as well as the standard 19 inch equipment racks.  Use...

SuperSmart Title Block

I am running put of adjectives that describe the new Visio shapes that I have been working on.  By nature most of the previous D-Tools/Visio shapes are "smart" but these new shapes are really a new class of "SuperSmart" shapes.  Our previous smart shapes mostly...

6 in1 Super Speaker Shape

Just finished putting the final touches on the new 6 in 1 Visio speaker shape.  As the title describes this shape will reconfigure based on the speaker types Bookshelf, Center, Floor, Subwoofer, Electrostatic and Electrostatic with Sub by adjusting the Shape Data UI. ...

Uber Lighting Plan Icon Shapes

Just put the finishing touches on the Universal Plan Lighting Shape, actually two shapes.  It started out as a single smart shape but I realized that it would be easier to use if it was broken down into two shapes.  It is fully documented here.  Basically what we did...

New Electrical Smart Outlet Plan Icon Shape

Like it's super smart brothers and sisters this shape can easily morph from five different shape types and three different mount types for an impressive 15:1 efficiency ratio.  This shape is a perfect solution for electrical outlets because in most cases the actual...

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