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Leaders, or any portions of a circuit, can be moved to be below the floor and not included as part of the heating panel.

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Version 17.0.0280 (7/28/2017)
Friday, July 28, 2017

Fixes

  • Corrected display of logos in OEM editions.
  • Corrected overlap of text in footer of Quotation Report.
  • Fixed intermittent issue in circuit drawing that could occur when holding CTRL key.

Version 17.0.0180 (7/24/2017)
Monday, July 24, 2017

New and Enhanced Features

  • Added new Room Details section for CSA Load Details report.
  • Added new supply air temperature difference settings for Manual J estimated air flow calculations.
  • Updated information on reports for blower capacity.
  • Updated Heating System Summary report to separate non-radiant rooms into a separate table.
Fixes
  • Revised Manual J default for supply air temperature difference setting for heating loads.
  • Fixed error when placing a Circuit Entry object inside an in-room object.
  • Fixed errors that could occur when using automated spiral circuit layout.
  • Fixed errors when accessing template folders that have restricted access permissions.
  • Fixed issue where some room objects inside circuit areas were ignored.
  • Fixed issue in Equipment List where the data would not save if a picture had not been specified.
  • Resolved several memory issues.
  • Fixed error when selecting room properties for multiple rooms, when the rooms had multiple construction types assigned.
  • Resolved issue where 0% back loss for snow melt panels could be assigned.
  • Fixed issue in CSA foundation loss calculations when specifying zero insulation.
  • Fixed issue where report footer would be cut off.
  • Fixed error when using the Insert Jog tool on Circuit Areas.

Version 17.0.0080 (5/23/2017)
Tuesday, May 23, 2017

New Features and Enhancements

  • The Custom Circuit Areas feature is a powerful new tool that can help with drawing automated circuits in large areas (commercial projects or snow melt), the Copy and Paste of groups of circuits for repeating rooms, and automated drawing of multiple spiral counterflow circuits in a single room.
  • The new Commercial Mode for radiant heating projects.
  • Automated Counterflow Circuits for both spiral and serpentine patterns.
  • Improved tool for drawing of Freehand Counterflow Circuits.
  • The new Project Templates allow you to save your project settings as a templates for quick reuse on future projects.
  • The new Custom Construction Library provides the ability for you to save your custom construction items for re-use in other projects.
  • The new Equipment Report is available to assist you in documenting the selected equipment for your HVAC system.
  • Copy and Paste function for Circuits.
  • Offset Circuit Tool provides for easier, faster and more consistent freehand drawing along complex boundaries.
  • New Auto Set Flow Direction function.
  • Air Flow calculations when in CSA mode.
  • Enhanced Manual Load Input allows specifying whether back losses are included in entered values.
  • Unheated Snow Melt Areas can now be specified to better handled enclosed areas.
  • Implemented recommended ACCA method for Infiltration calculations for Maximum ACH50 values.
  • Advanced PDF Scaling to assist with the scale setting on PDF drawings that do not have dimensions show.
  • New PDF export option for drawings let's you choose between higher resolution and smaller file size.
  • Custom Tables can now have the default columns set by the user.
  • Multiple Room and Circuit labels can now be converted to leaders and aligned as a group.
  • The default units to be used for new projects can now be set.
Fixes
  • Revised attribution of Infiltration loads with CSA calculations when floorplan areas vary significantly.
  • Revised handling of tube depth in the Panel Selection dialog, allowing tubing to be placed at the bottom of the slab.
  • Implemented Insect Screen Update for Manual J.
  • Revisions to fluid temperature calculations when supply temperature is near the room temperature.
  • Fixed display of circuit lengths on Properties dialog when in Quick Design mode.
  • Improved processing of radiant calculations when in Quick Design mode.
  • Fixed handling of Circuit Entry objects when a floorplan is mirrored.
  • Fixed display of temperature drop on Manifold report.
  • Fixed error that would occur when opening Properties dialog when multiple Windows were selected.

Version 16.0.0880 (11/23/2016)
Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Fixes

  • Fixed problem with default assignment of zone numbers.

Version 16.0.0780 (11/14/2016)
Monday, November 14, 2016

Fixes

  • Fixed error that could occur when changing the number of floorplans on the New Project Wizard.
  • Fixed display of some U-values when in SI mode and using Manual J calculations.

Version 16.0.0680 (11/7/2016)
Monday, November 07, 2016

New Features and Enhancements

  • Added feature to reset number of circuits for a room in Quick Design mode.
  • Enabled the “Add New Zone” option on the Room Properties dialog when in MJ8 mode.
Fixes
  • Fixed application of default manifold for snow melt projects in Spreadsheet Mode.
  • Fixed issue where room zones would be reset when using Room Properties dialog with multiple rooms selected.
  • Fixed the Supply/Return additional fittings functionality so that head losses are removed when the supply/return length is set to zero.
  • Fixed clipping of the ‘multi-spacing’ link on the properties dialog for Quick Design mode.
  • Fixed clipping of the CSA Basement fields.
  • Added a new ‘Reset All’ link for manifold setting project default.
  • Fixed display issue that could occur when converting a CSA F280 project to the latest standard.

Version 16.0.0580 (9/15/2016)
Thursday, September 15, 2016

Fixes

  • Fixed the display of project date on the Drawing Output step.

Version 16.0.0380 (8/29/2016)
Monday, August 29, 2016

New Features and Enhancements

  • Updated calculations for April 2016 Errata release for CSA F280-12.
  • Addition of Supply/Return Distribution Piping feature to the Spreadsheet Design Mode for select OEM Add-ons.
  • Added option for custom notes to be saved with each radiant panel type in a project file.
  • Updated handling of zoning of unheated rooms, so that they are now assigned to a new zone named “UnHeated”.
Fixes
  • Fixed the display of the tube spacing on some reports.
  • Fixed issue that could occur when adding new manifolds to a snow melt project.

Version 16.0.0080 (5/6/2016)
Friday, May 06, 2016

New Features and Enhancements

  • New Supply/Return Piping feature allows specification of distribution piping for manifolds.
  • New Main Menu design with web-enabled features.
  • New Check for Updates feature will automatically notify you when an update is available for download.
  • Updated to Manual J Eighth Edition Version 2.5 calculations (MJ8 Edition only).
  • New Mirror Drawing function allows flipping of entire floorplan drawing along any axis.ew Move Floorplan function.
  • New Multiple Tube Spacing option now available in Quick Design Mode projects.
  • Added display Multiple Tube Spacing settings on reports for Full Design Mode, Quick Design Mode and Spreadsheet Design Mode.
  • Added option to show Floor Covering type on Custom Tables (Rooms table).
  • Added option to show Room Volume and Perimeter on Custom Tables (Rooms table).
  • Enabled "No Load or System Calculations" mode in Spreadsheet Design Mode.
  • Enhanced drawing output for Quick Design Mode.
Fixes
  • Implemented several performance enhancements.
  • Enabled option for leaders to be moved below the panel in Snow Melt projects.
  • Fixed issue that could occur with the 18" joist spacing setting.

Version 15.0.0580 (10/8/2015)
Thursday, October 08, 2015

New Features and Enhancements

  • New Quick Design Mode allows you to complete your design without drawing the detailed circuit layout. Reduces your design and quotation time by 50% or more, and lets you add the detailed circuits later if needed.
  • New Auto-Rotate feature for building orientation. Finds the maximum cooling load orientation automatically.
  • New Thermostat objects that can be added to your drawings (optional).
  • New Copy Table feature allows you to copy tables to clipboard and paste them into other programs.
  • Implemented performance enhancements for several types of operations.
  • Enhanced the "Show Potential Wall Problems" so that it now works on the boundary lines in snowmelt projects.
Fixes
  • Fixed undo problem with manifold settings.
  • Fixed undo for drawing rotation operations.
  • Fixed problem that could cause some projects to not open.
  • Fixed issue where Clear Room function would not delete the circuits in some rooms.
  • Fixed issue where some walls would not display in 3D.
  • Fixed issue where some manifolds would not get assigned a water temperature.
  • Fixed FanCoil section in heating system detail report.
  • Fixed problem where the CSA reports would be incorrectly displayed in snow melt projects.

Version 15.0.0380 (6/19/2015)
Friday, June 19, 2015

Fixes

  • Fixed overlap that could happen in the MJ8 Load Report.
  • Enabled the update of calculations after using the Reset Existing function on the Settings step for wall constructions.

Version 15.0.0280 (6/4/2015)
Thursday, June 04, 2015

Fixes

  • Added ASHRAE wall construction library for use when using CSA load calculations.
  • Fixed potential issue in CSA basement loss calculations when a room had all external walls set to be excluded from the load calculations.
  • Fixed error when editing constructions settings for multiple selected objects.
  • Fixed error in Heat Loss Detail report when a project did not include any Slab Below Grade or Slab On Grade foundations (occurred in ASHRAE calculations only).
  • Fix error in circuit Insert Gap function when Snap to Objects was turned off.
  • Added overhead (garage) door construction options to ASHRAE component lists.

Version 15.0.0180 (5/13/2015)
Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Fixes

  • Added new ASHRAE climate data that was missing for some European locations.
  • Fixed error that could occur when starting a new project and the user had previously saved custom default settings in earlier versions of LoopCAD.
  • Fixed browser scripting error that could occur in the Room Properties dialog for systems with Internet Explorer version 8 or earlier.
  • Re-enabled default settings fields for Snow Melt projects.

Version 15.0.0080 (5/7/2015)
Thursday, May 07, 2015

New Features and Enhancements

  • Updated to the new CSA F280-12 (Revision 1, 2014.03) calculation methods and climate data. See details on updating to the new CSA method.
  • Addition of cooling load calculations as an option when in CSA F280-12.
  • Updated ASHRAE calculation methods to the 2013 edition. See details on updating to the new ASHRAE method.
  • Updated ASHRAE climate data to the 2013 releases.
  • Updated ACCA Manual J climate data to the 8th Edition Version 2.11 Addendum E release.
  • Added ability for users to create and save their own custom climate data locations.
  • Decoupled R-Value settings for basement floors and walls so that separate values can be entered for each (ASHRAE and CSA).
  • Redesigned the New Project Wizard to simplify new project set up.
  • Updated many of the pages on the Settings step.
  • Enhanced Copy Floorplan function to now allow copying of rooms, loops, and other objects as specified by the user.
  • Added Find feature to allow searching for objects by name.
  • Added Help topic for Walkout Basements.

Version 5.0.0980 (3/5/2015)
Thursday, March 05, 2015

Fixes

  • Fixed issue where resizing a window could inadvertently drag the room that was selected.
  • Revised Heating Design Reports to more clearly display the supplemental heat requirements.
  • Added 20 mm PEX to the options for Heat Transfer Plate panels.
  • Resolved memory leak issues that could occur with some of the reports.
  • Fixed issue with the display of the back losses in Manual J mode when supplemental heat was required.
  • Revised Undo function to properly handle Custom Tables.
  • Fixed draw circuit group snap error when connecting to manifolds.

Version 5.0.0780 (10/30/2014)
Thursday, October 30, 2014

Fixes

  • Fixed sorting of circuits on reports.
  • Fixed problem when windows are placed on completely below grade walls in MJ8 mode.
  • Fixed problem when selecting multiple rooms in MJ8 mode.
  • Fixed problem in MJ8 duct loads when deleting a floorplan.
Features and Enhancements
  • Added new setting for circuit flow rate units in SI mode.
  • Added new setting for supplemental warning on reports.

Version 5.0.0380 (5/12/2014)
Monday, May 12, 2014

Features and Enhancements

  • Added option to disable North Arrow on drawing output for projects that do not include cooling load calculations.
  • Added ability to input the total room heat loss in Manual Mode. You now have the option of inputting the total room load or the unit load (i.e. per unit area).
  • Added option to reverse circuit numbering on a manifold.
  • Revisions to display of values in SI (metric) mode. Flows now displayed in liters per minute.
  • New print resolution setting can help avoid memory errors with very large paper sizes.
  • Added program default settings for Dimension styles.
  • Updated display of below grade floorplans in 3D view.
  • Shortened name of "Professional MJ8 Edition" to "MJ8 Edition".

Version 5.0.0080 (2/10/2014)
Monday, February 10, 2014

Features and Enhancements

  • ACCA-Approved support for Manual J calculations (MJ8 Edition). See the topic for calculation method and limitations. For additional information on supported features view our website at www.LoopCAD.com/ManualJ.
  • Cooling load (heat gain) calculations available in MJ8 Edition.
  • October cooling load analysis.
  • Automated calculations and for Adequate Exposure Diversity (AED).
  • Powerful Design Review step to assist in completing your Manual J designs.
  • Automatic calculation of heating or cooling loads through floor and ceiling partitions when adjacent to unconditioned spaces (MJ8 Edition).
  • Enhancements for importing of AutoCAD 2013 file formats.
  • When exporting the drawing to a PDF file from the Drawing Output step, the fonts are now embedded.
  • New North Arrow feature to allow specifying of building orientation.
  • Fixed font size issue that could occur on some drawing Title Blocks.

Version 4.0.0080 (5/31/2013)
Friday, May 31, 2013

Features and Enhancements

  • Support for importing of AutoCAD 2013 file formats.
  • Significantly improved PDF file importing.
  • New 3-line pattern for between joists under suspended floors. See the In-Joist Patterns section of the Automated Circuits topic for details.
  • Added Copy menu for windows (right-click on a window to display the menu).
  • New Rotate Drawing function allows you to rotate the entire floorplan drawing.
  • New Convert DWG to Image function can greatly increase speed when dealing with large AutoCAD files.
  • Improved length equalization for multiple automatic circuits.

Version 3.0.0280 (9/12/2012)
Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Features and Enhancements

  • Support for Microsoft Windows 8.
Fixes
  • Fixed potential shutdowns when importing some PDF files.
  • Fixed error when dragging circuit entry outside of a room.
  • Fixed display of background DWG layers on drawing output step.
  • Fixed issue where dragging multiple snow melt edges could cause an error.
  • Supplemental heat now calculating using actual floor heat output instead of target output.
  • Improved import for JPG background images.
  • The Fill Rooms option for freehand circuits now works in snow melt projects.
  • Fixed memory leak in the component database form.

Version 3.0.0080 (5/7/2012)
Monday, May 07, 2012

Features and Enhancements

  • Circuit generation up to 8X faster.
  • Increased speed for hydronic calculations.
  • New Help topic listing all Shortcuts available in LoopCAD.
  • Custom Tables that can be inserted directly onto drawings.
  • New Options settings for drawing steps, including control over circuit labels, circuit numbering, and more. See Automated Circuits and Text Objects and Sizes.
  • New Drawing Output step provides easier control of page sizes and export options, as well as a new Title Block design. See Drawings - Preview/Print/Export topic.
  • Dynamic preview of automatic circuits. See Automated Circuits topic.
  • Smoother display of circuits and walls with anti-aliased rendering.
  • New Crop tool allows for cropping non-rectangular regions of the background drawing. See Importing PDF and Scanned Drawings topic.
  • The Spreadsheet-Mode in select OEM Add-ons now includes a Room Area Calculator and a Multiple Spacing Calculator.
  • Coil Schedule tool allows for customized mapping of circuits to tubing coils. See Coil Schedule topic. (OEM Add-ons only.)
  • Coil Schedule report. (OEM Add-ons only.)
  • The Revision History (or What's New) specific to an OEM Add-on has been moved to a separate menu - Help | What's New | "OEM" Add-on.
  • Simplified Activation procedures.
Fixes
  • Fixed issue when trying to crop imported PDF drawing after it had been rotated.
  • Fixed issue where empty water temperature would cause report display errors.
  • Resolved default naming of floorplans when you no basement was present.
  • Update the display of component unit loss values on the heat loss report. Unit values are now all based on unit of floor area.
  • Fixed problem where a zero area or R-value for skylights would cause errors.