Medeek Wall Plugin

Re: Medeek Wall Plugin

Postby medeek » Wed Nov 15, 2023 5:54 pm

First look at my attempts to simplify the look and feel of the Draw and Edit menus for walls:





I'm no UI expert but my idea is to create collapsible menus for certain sections that are not modified as commonly during regular use. The "wall start" and "wall end" sections are a good examples of such sections. Typically the parameters within these two sections are only modified in certain specific situations or when customization is required.

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Re: Medeek Wall Plugin

Postby medeek » Wed Nov 15, 2023 11:14 pm

After shuffling things around a bit:





I've created a new section for framing options/details. Notice that in this section I've also moved the stud removal parameter, which was formerly in the advanced options (I think it makes more sense to place it in this section).

The advanced options section is unchanged and still very busy with a ton of parameters but I really don't know what to do about it since all of those advanced options are necessary and need to be placed somewhere. (If you disable the Advanced Wall Options then that whole section is not shown.)

So currently, with the new UI update so far, there are three sections that can be toggled by the user manually. I should probably also add into the global settings some parameters which will control the default visibility for these sections.
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Re: Medeek Wall Plugin

Postby gullfo » Thu Nov 16, 2023 2:51 pm

maybe collapse the wall sheathing section as well so it's only opened if you need to edit it.
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Re: Medeek Wall Plugin

Postby medeek » Sun Nov 19, 2023 4:44 am

Version 3.3.6 - 11.18.2023
- Added a "Menu UI" parameter in the General tab of the Global Settings with the following options: Legacy, Collapsed, Expanded.
- Updated the Wall Draw and Edit menus with the new Menu UI options.
- Fixed a bug with the tee intersection algorithm for rectangular "stacked" walls.

The additional menu options are in response to feedback from multiple users requesting a less busy and simpler menu system. By default the legacy menu system is selected in the global settings however one can quickly change to one of more advanced "collapsible" systems. This is my first real crack at this so further refinement may be necessary depending on the feedback I receive.
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Re: Medeek Wall Plugin

Postby medeek » Sun Nov 19, 2023 5:25 am

Tutorial 45 - Menu UI Options (8:08 min.)

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Re: Medeek Wall Plugin

Postby medeek » Tue Nov 21, 2023 3:40 am

Version 3.3.7 - 11.20.2023
- Fixed a bug with the hotkey (Up key) for wall panelization in the Draw Wall Perimeter tool.
- Fixed a bug with the Draw Wall Perimeter tool for metric units.

!!!! Critical Bug Fix !!!!
This is a critical bug fix for users of metric units. I highly recommend upgrading to this latest version for all users.
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Re: Medeek Wall Plugin

Postby medeek » Mon Nov 27, 2023 11:45 pm

Version 3.3.7b - 11.27.203
- Fixed a critical bug introduced with Version 3.3.6.

!!!! CRITICAL BUG FIX !!!!
This is a critical bug fix for all users, please download the latest version of the plugin (3.3.7b).
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Re: Medeek Wall Plugin

Postby medeek » Sat Dec 02, 2023 9:37 am

Version 3.3.8 - 12.02.2023
- Updated the face selection algorithm of the draw wall perimeter tool.

This addresses the issue of selecting faces that are embedded or nested within groups. You can now select faces that are in the root of the model or nested within other groups.
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Re: Medeek Wall Plugin

Postby medeek » Tue Dec 19, 2023 2:23 am

Version 3.3.9 - 12.18.2023
- Added a "Cedar Siding" built-in material (horizontal) into the material library.



This material is a horizontal version of the previously added vertial version. This update per customer request.
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Re: Medeek Wall Plugin

Postby medeek » Sat Dec 23, 2023 7:48 am

Version 3.4.0 - 12.22.2023
- Fixed a minor bug with the error checking code for custom casing profiles of windows and doors.
- Added top and bottom vertical offset parameters for shearwall sheathing.
- Added a QHQ casement window to the window draw and edit modules.





Both updates are per customer request.
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Re: Medeek Wall Plugin

Postby medeek » Fri Dec 29, 2023 10:58 am

Version 3.4.1 - 12.29.2023
- Updated and improved the license verification module.
- Disabled redundant logging to improve plugin performance.
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Re: Medeek Wall Plugin

Postby medeek » Wed Jan 10, 2024 7:37 am

Version 3.4.2 - 01.09.2024
- Fixed a bug with steel framing and tee intersections.
- Fixed a bug with hip walls and tee intersections (two stud with blocking).
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Re: Medeek Wall Plugin

Postby medeek » Fri Jan 19, 2024 8:36 am

Version 3.4.3 - 01.18.2024
- Improved the serial number verification logic within the License tab of the Global Settings.
- Added a Door Reset button in the Doors tab of the Global Settings.
- Added a Window Reset button in the Windows tab of the Global Settings.
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Re: Medeek Wall Plugin

Postby medeek » Thu Jan 25, 2024 6:58 am

Version 3.4.4 - 01.24.2024
- Added a pressure treated option for in-wall columns.
- Created a more realistic material/texture for pressure treated timbers (for in-wall columns and posts).

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Re: Medeek Wall Plugin

Postby gullfo » Thu Jan 25, 2024 3:57 pm

one thing i recently ran into was needed a steel column to support a steel beam spanning a couple of walls to get the proper support for ceiling joists. it would be a nice option (not necessarily to provide a steel column in leiu of a wood one :-) ) but just to leave the space for easily adding one separately (and thus avoiding closing it etc when regenerating due to a wall change).

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Re: Medeek Wall Plugin

Postby medeek » Thu Jan 25, 2024 10:02 pm

I could provide another option in the Advanced Options section which essentially removes the column and leaves a blank opening in wall. Is this what you are suggesting?
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Re: Medeek Wall Plugin

Postby gullfo » Fri Jan 26, 2024 4:46 pm

yes, or even just have a column type of "blank" (or simply marker) in the selection list (along with x dia round steel, x by x wood, etc) :-) this way the code is effectively the same, just whether or not the spacing has anything other than say a 2D marker of the column location.
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Re: Medeek Wall Plugin

Postby medeek » Sun Jan 28, 2024 9:30 am

Version 3.4.5 - 01.28.2024
- Added two additional column types for in-wall columns: Custom, Blank.
- Three additional parameters added for custom in-wall columns.
- Added a custom label option and annotation section for in-wall columns.
- Updated the javascript logic within the License tab of the Global Settings.



Technically this update is a bit redundant because one can already configure custom in-wall columns within the global settings. However, this new option gives one the ability to insert any sort of column into the wall (non-wood) as well as a blank opening where one could then insert their own manually modeled column or structural support.

The custom label option applies to all column types, so it can override the auto labeling algorithm of the module.

This update per customer request.
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Re: Medeek Wall Plugin

Postby gullfo » Sun Jan 28, 2024 5:14 pm

thanks! this will be handy as i design a lot of studio where the isolation structure has to be separated from the exterior and custom columns and sizing it for that critical 2" separation, using i-beams and glulams, when using autogenerated walls etc will make this much easier to draw and document :-)
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Re: Medeek Wall Plugin

Postby medeek » Mon Jan 29, 2024 7:01 am

Version 3.4.5b - 01.28.2024
- Fixed a bug with holdowns for in-wall columns.
- Fixed a bug with the bottom plate cutting algorithm for in-wall columns.
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Re: Medeek Wall Plugin

Postby medeek » Tue Jan 30, 2024 10:50 pm

Version 3.4.6 - 01.30.2024
- Added a "Dimension to Centerline" option for framing dimensions in the General tab of the Global Settings.
- Enabled centerline dimensioning for openings, columns and SSW for rectangular walls.
- Added a "Style 5" (Pull Plate) to the built-in door hardware options.
- Added more options for grid style window grilles: 3X4, 4X5, 5X6.







All updates per customer requests.
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Re: Medeek Wall Plugin

Postby medeek » Fri Feb 02, 2024 8:09 am

Version 3.4.7 - 02.01.2024
- Updated the Columns tab of the Global Settings with new parameters.
- Added glazing color and opacity parameters to the Sheathing tab of the Global Settings.





The Columns tab now includes Custom and Blank under Column Type.

Up until now the glass color and opacity has been hard coded in to the plugin, now the user can adjust these values if desired.
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Re: Medeek Wall Plugin

Postby medeek » Sun Feb 04, 2024 11:33 pm

Version 3.4.8 - 02.04.2024
- Added a Sheathing Reset button in the Sheathing tab of the Global Settings.
- Added Dimension Layer 5 specfically for framing/elevation auto-dimensions (Layer tab of the global settings).
- Enabled editing of dimensions for framing/elevation dimensions (rectangular walls only).






Tutorial 46 - Editing Framing Dimensions (7:34 min.)

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Re: Medeek Wall Plugin

Postby medeek » Sat Feb 17, 2024 8:06 am

Version 3.4.9 - 02.16.2024
- Added an RGB color code input into the Add, Update and Import menus for custom materials.
- Added an RGB color code input for each color in the Materials tab of the Global Settings.
- Added a "Toggle RGB Input" button to the Materials tab of the Global Settings.





Updates per customer request.
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Re: Medeek Wall Plugin

Postby medeek » Sat Feb 24, 2024 8:15 am

Version 3.5.0 - 02.23.2024
- Separated the tee blocking option for exterior and interior walls.
- Fixed a bug with geometry guides for metric templates.

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Re: Medeek Wall Plugin

Postby medeek » Sun Feb 25, 2024 8:18 am

Version 3.5.1 - 02.24.2024
- Added a 45 and 135 degree rainscreen option for rectangular walls.



This update per customer request.
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