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Written by D-Tools Founder and President, Adam Stone

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...

New Electrical “Smart Switch” Icon

A couple of months ago I introduced some new concepts for plan icon shapes with our new Universal Plan Icon Shape.  That shape got me thinking about how I could make more specific plan icon shapes smarter by using some of the tricks we learned on that one.  In the...

New Universal Plan Icon Shape

I have been spending a lot of time thinking about ways to improve the plan icons in SIX and what could be done to make them more efficient.  The Plan icon that ships with SIX is pretty versatile but it is only available as a square with some limited color and text...

Import and use CAD drawings in Visio 2010

From the Microsoft Visio 2010 MVP Sessions.  Learn about importing and using computer-aided design (CAD) drawings as space plans in Microsoft Visio 2010. This video reviews how to work with the Space Plan Startup Wizard to import CAD drawings and adjust both the...

D-Tools/Visio Motorized Shade Shape

A customer requested a motorized window shade shape this week, specifically a Lutron Sivoia Shade.  After taking a close look at the specifications I saw that it was not that much different than our current motorized shape found in the Screens stencil.  This shape...

One Visio Equipment Rack Shape to Rule Them ALL!

I was thinking about better ways to draw and manage equipment rack shapes in Visio for Six.  Equipment racks and their components are interesting objects to create in Visio because there are probably over 50,000 different permeation's of the same thing when you...

RealPic’s Now

Family issues kept me from CEDIA this year but I heard that one of the most anticipated features of SIX was the use of real pictures (RealPic) to represent actual electronic components when using Visio 10. Previous versions of Visio were always able to work with...

Automation is as Automation Does Pt. 2 – Automating Social Media

I think it is pretty safe to say that social media is not a fad and is here to stay. At D-Tools we have always had a social media presence but it was getting kind of hard to manage which specific bit of D-Tools information was going out to which social share site. We...

The Big But Post

**Updated** So if you read my last post you know I am on an automation kick here at D-Tools. Just trying to make everyone's job a little bit easier. In that post I hinted at a new process that would allow us much more visibility into our email marketing campaigns. At...

Automation Is as Automation Does: Part 1

I was planning on writing this business process automation post last year but my wife got really-really sick, really-really quick and I have been out of the office for the past eight months taking care of my family.  The plan was to detail all of the corporate...

What’s new in Visio 2010

We are going to start shipping Visio 2010 with all NEW purchases of versions of SI5.5  soon and as the resident Visio geek I thought our customers and readers would appreciate a heads up on some of the more exciting features and how these features will eventually make...

Google SketchUp Tutorial

What James Cameron did for the movies with Avatar D-Tools is going to do for system integration.  As much as I love a rack elevation or floorplan done up in Microsoft Visio it just does not hold a candle to what can be accomplished using Google SketchUp in the same...

Old D-Tools – New D-Tools

I just received the email below from Steve Collard, the D-Tools CFO/COO regarding the phased roll-out plans of SI 5.5.  This is only interesting because we already rolled out 5.5 earlier in the month and then realized there was a critical bug affecting international...

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