Elite Software
Elite Software Newsletter
January 14th, 2020

In this Issue

  • Update for Drawing Board for Rhvac can now produce engineering quality drawings drawings with realistic fittings and new items like AHU units, triangle and quad boxes, and more.

  • Drawing Board for Rhvac can now convert a manual entry project (fill-in-the-blank)into a drawing board project (Automatic Room Creation).

Elite Software offers over 30 programs for all kinds of mechanical, electrical, and plumbing design applications. This monthly email newsletter will announce new software, tradeshow events, and tips on using existing software in new ways to address various code related issues. See previous newsletters here.

Drawing Board (DB) for $299 is a low cost software add-on for Elite's Windows based programs Rhvac, Chvac, and Ductsize. DB is essentially a CAD (computer aided drafting) program that allows you to make professional drawings of anything. Most often though, DB is used to draw floor plans and ductwork. See examples here.

Beyond making drawings, DB also allows calculations to be made from its drawings, so it is essentially a graphical data entry system as well. Contractors often use DB as their main CAD program, but even engineers that already have a high end CAD program such as AutoCAD or Revit may want to use DB with Chvac simply as a graphical data entry system.

Be sure to check our web site at www.elitesoft.com for even more info. Many programs have received free downloadable updates. Go here to see if there are updates relevant to your software.

If you have any questions, please feel free to call 800-648-9523 or 979-690-9420, or send email to info@elitesoft.com


Bill Smith
President, Elite Software

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Drawing Board for Rhvac Version 2 Improvements

Floor Plan with DB Version 1:

Floor Plan with DB Version 2:

Drawing Board Version 1 created floor plans with a basic appearance, as seen on the first example to the left.

The new Drawing Board Version 2 has been improved to create engineering quality drawings with realistic curved fittings and more symbols such as for an air handler, triangle box, quad box, jump duct, transfer grille, mini-split head, and more.

Compare the examples of version 1 to the improved views of version 2.

DB Version 1 users can upgrade to DB Version 2 for just $149.

Click here to purchase your DB Version 2 update. There are discounts for those that recently purchased DB Version 1.

Converting a Room Data Windows Project into a Drawing Board Project

Room Data window before conversion:

Step 1:
Drawing created from conversion:

Step 2:
Drawing after user adjusts converted rooms:


For contractors already using Rhvac Desktop in manual entry mode, a great new feature in Drawing Board is the ability to convert a manual entry project into a graphic entry project.

Essentially, any previous project entered through the Room Data window of Rhvac Desktop can be converted into a full drawing in two steps.

The initial conversion process (step 1, see left) automatically places all the rooms one after another on the drawing screen.

When a manual entry project is converted to drawing mode, the software knows the size and load details of each room, but it doesn't know exactly how those rooms fit relative to each other.

The user then shifts the rooms around (step 2, see left), arranging them to create the actual floor plan of the building.

See a video here on how this works:

Converting a Room Data Window Project into a Drawing Board Project (Automatic Room Creation)

This feature was introduced in the July newsletter.

Please note that this feature requires a full license for Drawing Board.

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