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D-Pipe Recent Update History

Version Changes

Version 2.02.9 [6/11/2015]

  1. Fixed a bug where if your Region settings for Windows made it so a comma was used as the decimal point it was not possible to enter the minimum value of 1,5 (same as 1.5 for English US settings) into the Default Minimum Pipe Diameter or Default Maximum Pipe Diameter inputs on the Defaults tab of the General Project Data window.

Version 2.02.7 [6/8/2015]

  1. Fixed a problem where the dropdown help window for the Code Sizing Database Filename input on the Settings tab of the General Project Data window did not have the list of databases unless the current user was the one who installed the program the first time. For all other users the list was blank.

  2. Removed the Units input from the General Project Data window, since it was not functional.

  3. Corrected the name of the program in several places from "DPipe" to "D-Pipe."

  4. Made it so certain floating windows such as the Select Reports window open centered over the main window instead of at an arbitrary position or in the previous position.

  5. Reformatted the D-Pipe Readme.doc file to make it easier to read.

  6. Corrected some of the images on the Project Explorer window so they are not distorted. Also corrected the images on the report called, "Pipe Connection Tree Layout Diagram" so some of the images are no longer oversized.

  7. Added a "Set Check for Update Options" item to the Help menu.

  8. Made it so the D-Pipe Help window does not float over the program, which makes it more convenient to use.

  9. Recompiled the help file to approve its appearance, and modified the list of topics shown on the Index tab make searching a little easier.

Version 2.0.44 [12/22/11]

  1. Made it so D-Pipe links with AutoCAD MEP 2012.

Version 2.0.42 [7/28/11]

  1. Corrected the fitting quantities on the Bill of Materials report.

  2. Increased the maximum value of each "Quantity" input to 999 on the Pipe Segment Data window.

  3. Fixed a calculation problem that only happened when a project was opened while the Project Explorer window was closed.

Version 2.0.41 [5/6/11]

  1. Fixed an installation problem that I accidentally introduced in the last update.

Version 2.0.39 [5/3/11]

  1. Fixed a potential installation problem.

Version 2.0.38 [3/8/11]

  1. Made it so D-Pipe links with AutoCAD MEP 2011.

Version 2.0.37 [2/3/11]

  1. Fixed another installation problem.

  2. Fixed a problem with the drop down help buttons.

Version 2.0.36 [1/13/11]

  1. Fixed an installation problem.

Version 2.0.35 [1/11/11]

  1. Made the program fully Windows Vista and Windows 7 compatible.

  2. Converted the program's help file to HTML Help.

Version 2.0.34 [2/22/10]

  1. Fixed a problem with the Update Manager. The files needed by the Update Manager were not all installed with the previous version of D-Pipe.

Version 2.0.33 [2/3/10]

  1. Made it so D-Pipe links with AutoCAD MEP 2010.

Version 2.0.32 [6/15/09]

  1. Made it so double clicking this program's license file, no matter where it is located, will copy the license file to the correct folder.

Version 2.0.31 [9/26/08]

  1. Fixed a problem with project saving. In the previous version of the program, occasionally when Save Project was clicked, the project would not be saved.

Version 2.0.29 [5/28/08]

  1. Made it so DPipe can import data from an AutoCAD MEP 2009 drawing and export data back to the drawing.

Version 2.0.28 [4/24/08]

  1. Made it so the Select AutoCAD MEP Version window does not require you to click a version name that is already highlighted.

Version 2.0.27 [2/5/08]

  1. Made it so the AutoCAD export files that are automatically created by the program are saved in the current projects folder instead of the program folder.

Version 2.0.26 [1/24/08]

  1. Restored the "Assign Calculated Data to AutoCAD MEP Drawing" feature. Right now the only information that can be exported using this feature is the size of each pipe.

Version 2.0.25 [1/18/08]

  1. Made it so D-Pipe will import plumbing objects from an AutoCAD MEP drawing.

  2. Removed the "Assign Calculated Data to AutoCAD MEP Drawing" feature. Hopefully this feature will be restored soon.

Version 2.0.24 [11/12/07]

  1. Fixed a problem with the AutoCAD MEP drawing import. If you have both ABS 2007 and AutoCAD MEP 2008 on your computer and you import a drawing saved in one of those programs, D-Pipe will always open the program you selected (ABS 2007 or AutoCAD MEP 2008).

  2. Made changes that should enable D-Pipe to run on a computer with a high resolution monitor.

Version 2.0.23 [11/1/07]

  1. Corrected a problem that prevented the drop down list of pages from being displayed in the Print Preview window.

Version 2.0.22 [10/24/07]

  1. Made DPipe compatible with Windows Vista.

Version 2.0.21 [8/6/07]

  1. Made it so DPipe can import data from an ABS 2006, ABS 2007, or AutoCAD MEP 2008 drawing and export data back to the drawing.

Version 2.0.19 [4/20/07]

  1. Proprietary changes.

Version 2.0.18 [12/19/06]

  1. Made it so the minimum pipe size will be 4" if a segment drains more than two water closets.

Version 2.0.17 [9/7/06]

  1. Added interface with Autodesk Building Systems (ABS) 2007, which supercedes ABS 2006. Note that DPipe version 2.0.16 or earlier must be used if ABS 2006 is still being run on your computer; version 2.0.17 and later will not work with ABS 2006. A link here will remain on the Elite Software website for a reasonable amount of time to download an upddate patch for the last version of DPipe to work with ABS 2006.

  2. Technical updates.

Version 2.0.16 [7/17/06]

  1. Technical updates, including identifying loop sections and recommending nodes to change to prevent them from interfering with calculations.

Version 2.0.15 [1/10/06]

  1. Added Double Byte Character Set interface, to allow program to run on foreign language systems. This is needed for compatibility with Chinese, Korean, Japanese and similar versions of Windows with complex character sets.

  2. Technical updates.

Version 2.0.14 [6/14/05]

  1. Added interface with Autodesk Building Systems (ABS) 2006, which supercedes ABS 2005. Note that DPipe version 2.0.13 or earlier must be used if ABS 2005 is still being run on your computer; version 2.0.14 and later will not work with ABS 2005. A link here will remain on the Elite Software website for a reasonable amount of time to download an upddate patch for the last version of DPipe to work with ABS 2005.

  2. Technical updates.

Version 2.0.13 [4/8/05]

  1. Added air admittance valves (AAVs) to fitting database. These are used to terminate vent pipes to avoid roof penetrations. Note that you must elect to overwrite your current fitting data during installation to add these new fittings.

  2. Fixed bug which caused results to be different and/or inaccurate when one or more pipes is made not Active. Now the calculation results are the same whether a pipe is not Active or not present at all.

  3. Fixed bug which reset vent size to the minimum available size if the vent length exceeded vent table limits. Now the next higher size beyond those limits is chosen. In this way a vent is set to one size beyond all table limits if the vent length or DFU total exceeds the table range.

  4. Updated report headings for better alignment or to improve item descriptions.

  5. Technical updates.

Version 2.0.12 [1/5/05]

  1. Fixed problem with reading ABS object handles when importing an ABS drawing which interfered with writing calculated results back to the drawing.

  2. Increased allowable ABS object handle size from 4 to 6 characters.

Version 2.0.11 [10/20/04]

  1. Added feature that uses the new Check for Update utility. This utility, used by all Elite Software programs, can automatically check for updates and prompt you with the option to download an update from the Elite Software website before proceeding.

  2. Added feature to ABS interface for writing calculated DPipe fitting data (including sizes) back to the ABS drawing from which pipe data had been imported. Previously only pipe and fixture data, not fitting data, had been exported back to the drawing.

  3. Fixed small problem with indexing pipe objects during an Autodesk ABS drawing import, which only affects the import of the last few objects in certain drawing files.

  4. Made an update to the ABS import code that avoids minimizing the ABS window during a drawing import. This sometimes caused the Command Line in the AutoCAD window itself to disappear, so the code was changed so this no longer happens.

  5. Technical updates.

Version 2.0.10 [6/29/04]

  1. Fixed issue with reading in pipe General Comments from projects saved with version 2.0.8 and earlier. This was due to the addition of ABS handle data to project files in later versions.

  2. Technical updates.

Version 2.0.9 [5/12/04]

  1. Added ability to read fixture units from a .dwg file to the current DPipe project and newly added ABS fixture unit database. Also added ability to write fixture units and other fixture selections back to the ABS drawing if they were changed during the DPipe session.

  2. Added ABS fixture unit database to use when importing an ABS drawing. Since there can be custom fixtures in ABS, they are added to this database as needed, while not affecting the other standard databases like UPC and IPC.

  3. Increased the number of decimals allowed for fixture units from 1 to 2.

  4. Fixed bug which caused pipes from a larger project previously open in the same DPipe session to be added to pipes in the current project.

Version 2.0.8 [5/6/04]

  1. Added interface with Autodesk Building Systems 2005. This interface is significantly improved from the ABS 2004 interface. First, all features are accessed from the File menu, rather than using manual methods and macros in ABS. The two interface selections in the File menu are File|Read Data From ABS Autodesk Drawing (used to import the piping .dwg file) and File|Assign Calculated Data to ABS Drawing. Once you import and run calculations in DPipe, select the latter option to assign the results to the drawing. The calculated results appear in the Properties list for most plumbing objects in the drawing. You can also resize the pipes in the drawing based on calculated DPipe results at this point by selecting System Resize from the Mechanical|Engineering Analysis palette in ABS. NOTE: Node numbers are placed on the drawing automatically during an DPipe import, but ONLY if the drawing has been saved with the EliteABSPipingTags Template.dwt template file included in the DPipe installation.

  2. Added checks to detect all fixture parameters and read in the fixture data even if all values but one are set to 0. Previously only some of the data had been checked, which could exclude some fixtures from the calculations.

  3. Technical updates.

Version 2.0.7 [2/20/04]

  1. Fixed bug that caused drainage fixture units to not be added correctly in pipe sections connected in series leading to a stack or sewer pipe (not the drain directly) downstream.

  2. Added a "Copy License File" button to the About DPipe window. Clicking this button displays a Browse for Folder dialog that lets you select the floppy drive or any other location from which you want to copy the program's license file.

Version 2.0.6 [12/15/03]

  1. Fixed a problem that in some cases gave a generic Error 9 when evaluating a project with pipe sections that are not entered correctly or not connected to the other pipes. Now a more specific error message appears, indicating what needs to be changed to make the project calculations run.

  2. Made some updates to the code for importing AutoCAD drawing files.

Version 2.0.5 [10/10/03]

  1. Added feature allowing import of an AutoCAD .dwg file using the Autodesk Building Systems 4 (ABS4) add-on program. This allows you to make an AutoCAD drawing with ABS piping objects and the piping system from the drawing can then be read directly into DPipe. Also included a macro which can be run in AutoCAD so that a .dpa datafile can be created from the drawing and later imported into DPipe.

  2. Fixed bug which did not read in fixtures during an AutoCAD .dpa file import.

Version 2.0.4 [6/13/03]

  1. Fixed problem with displaying an error message when one or more of the node names in the pipe referenced by the error message contains letters as well as numbers.

  2. Made a couple of minor changes related to fixes in last update.

Version 2.0.3 [6/3/03]

  1. Made important fix for projects with pipes entered out of order with respect to their flow configuration. The program was designed assuming that pipes would be entered in order from the drain node upstream, and in fact this is how a project must be entered initially. A new pipe must start with an existing node, and all existing nodes begin at the drain node. However, for a given project, the pipes could be entered, then a given pipe could be moved using add/delete, cut and paste or a similar method. The pipes would then be out of order. The calculations were altered to account for this kind of sequence of pipes so that the results are the same as if the pipes were entered in flow sequence. The calculations now work even for a project where the drain node is not in pipe #1.

  2. Updated identification of branch stacks (stack groups connected in series and fed by more than one branch, collectively called branch intervals) that all feed to the same bottom stack that connects to the sewer. This is related to item #1, since this identification had to be updated to recognize stack segments entered out of flow order.

  3. Technical updates.

Version 2.0.2 [1/8/03]

  1. In the Select Reports window, General tab, changed input option from HTML Filename to HTML Folder. Now this item only allows you to select existing directories in which an HTML file can be created. Previously, if the specified file name's path did not exist, the file was not created. The file that is created will always be the name of the current project with the extension .htm.

Version 2.0.1 [12/18/02]

  1. Official release.


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