Electrical Design Software | Elecdes Design Suite by Scada Systems Ltd

How to Configure the General Settings


The General Settings page in the Paneldes preferences has a number of settings you can configure.

Select Preferences from the Paneldes Menu. Choose the General Settings tab at the top of the dialog.

3D Blocks

  • Choose the units that represent one drawing unit on your 3D blocks. All 3D blocks and labels placed on any single model should be created with an identical scale.

  • Tick the box to force Paneldes to use the default 3D block labels whenever a specific 3D block is not specified in the catalogue entry for a component. This will apply to constructing Panels, Devices, Accessories and Terminals.

    If a 3D block is specified in the catalog, then it will always override the default 3D label.

  • The default value is to use 3D label blocks. The default block units are millimetres for metric and inches for imperial.

  • Choose whether 3D blocks will face the FRONT of panels or the PLAN view of the drawing.

    If you are using realistic 3D block representations of components then you must choose FRONT.

    If you are using simple 3D labels, then you can choose either orientation.

    If you choose the PLAN option then Paneldes will rotate the label if required so that it is visible in a 2D plan view, plot or print. This rotation of only the vertical blocks is not suitable for blocks that are full 3D representations.

  • You can now force the insertion of 3D blocks to be "redefined" during insertion. This saves having to delete and purge an old block when you wish to update several instances of the old block that have been inserted on your model already.

  • This function will slow down all Paneldes operations if you leave it checked. You should redefine the blocks you are interested in and then disable this function when finished.

    If your 3D block has attributes and you have redefined it, then you should also synchronise the attributes to ensure your new block's attributes appear correctly throughout your model. This is done with the adjacent checkbox.

  • You can choose to GROUP your 3D blocks (label block or realistic 3D block) - Paneldes will make an "AutoCAD group" when the component and block are inserted and this will simplify selecting these items during later editing. The default action is to group these items.

  • You can choose to GROUP all PLATES on PANEL components - Paneldes will make an "AutoCAD group" when the PANELS and PLATES are inserted and this will simplify selecting these items during later editing. The default action is to group these items.

Layer Hiding

  • You can choose if you want to hide layers when viewing wire and cable routes and interference.

  • The default value is true for both items.

Paneldes Popup Menu

  • You can specify which combination of mouse button and key you want to activate in the Paneldes Context Menu. The default value is Shift+Right Mouse Button. Note that if you choose a combination that is used by AutoCAD for a popup menu the Paneldes one will replace it.

Imperial wire length format in wire report

  • You can choose to report wire lengths either in feet – inches or in only inches (in decimal notation).

    Feet – inches is the more readable format. This setting is the default.

    A decimal inch is more suited to supplying wire lengths to wire cutting machines or other equipment in which the wire schedule is input.

  • This option is only enabled when EDS is configured to use imperial units.

Route Line Construction

  • You can change the align line length. This is the length of the small perpendicular line at the end of raceway length segments that allows a co-ordinate system to be placed on the route.

  • The default value is 5mm for metric and 0.25in for imperial.

  • Polyline Tracing Maximum Corner Angle. When creating raceway, (cable tray, conduit etc.) by tracing a 3DPOLY polyline, Paneldes uses this setting to ensure that corner angles which are very slight (greater than this value, in degrees) are constructed with two linear segments of raceway instead of a prefabricated corner.

  • Use Solids for Construction. You can now choose to use solids OR Polyface mesh entities when creating raceways and components in Paneldes. Solids can be directly exported to solids based software such as Inventor and Solidworks for clash checks etc.

Component Selection

When you use the Find tool for selecting components, Paneldes can provide a list of component names and locations that have been used in your model. You can select from these lists.

  • Clear the tick from the checkbox if you do not want to have lists of names and locations. This will make the Find tool for component selection appear faster.

When you use the Query tool or select components, Paneldes will draw a "cross hair", a cross and square, over each selected component. The cross hair is a fixed size in pixels so it is always visible regardless of the current zoom factor of the view.

  • Cross hair size (pixels). This is a pixel based unit and relates to the resolution of your screen, not the zoom factor of your view.

  • Cross hair colour number. This field is numeric only, requiring you to enter a numbered AutoCAD colour. AutoCAD supports 256 different numbered colours.

  • Maximum cross hairs to display. Enter the maximum number of concurrently selected components for which cross hairs will be drawn. If the number of components is larger than this number, then no cross hairs will be drawn, thus removing selection clutter from the drawing.

    If this setting is set too high then the purpose of highlighting the components will be defeated. The drawing will be covered by numerous cross hairs.

Text Size for Labels

Paneldes creates text-based labels and lists for certain model annotation. For example: conductor route viewing, conductor cross sections.

  • Enter the sizes for these text labels. They may be placed in model space or paper space.

    Labels in model space are scaled with the model, so they must have units.

    Labels in paper space are 1:1 scale with the border, so they should not have units.

Conductor Route Viewing

To improve the visibility of conductor routes that are viewed in Paneldes, the line for the conductor is drawn with a line weight. Conductor labels are attached to the conductor line at a different point for each conductor that is selected to keep the labels from overlaying each other.

  • You can change the lineweight to choose a thickness for your conductors that most suits your model and display. A larger number results in a thicker line.

  • You can change the multiplier for the spacing between conductor labels if you wish to separate the labels more or less. The actual spacing between two labels depends on whether the label is placed parallel or perpendicular to the conductor. Paneldes chooses between parallel and perpendicular labels based on the length of the line to which the labels are attached.