Version 0.9.7b - 10.07.2018
- Wall label prefix can be customized in the General tab of the Global Settings.
- Licensee name now appears in the License tab of the Global Settings when plugin is registered.
This weekend I’ve managed to quickly knockout 1,2 and 6 of the list I gave previously after I got back from basecamp. There is so much more to do its staggering and a bit overwhelming at times.
In addition to the work that needs to be done with the wall plugin there is also the rewrites of the truss and foundation plugins that need to happen, primarily to make them fully parametric and also include all of the estimating and engineering features.
I’ve easily got another two years of full time programming before I get everything where it needs to be. However, if I can snowball this thing and get a little more momentum going it would be nice to bring on some additional hired help with some of the programming and accelerate the development even further.
Just the debugging alone manages to consume quite a bit of time. The complexity of all the moving parts in this thing make for some interesting possibilities and the chance for many states that may not have been foreseen. Luckily I have managed to cut my teeth on the truss plugin and so this time around my programming skills and organization have dramatically improved and matured. Keeping everything nice and tidy (modular) has made all the difference and kept this rather large programming project manageable for one person.
Admittedly there is still a lot of checking and debugging to do, especially with the metric side of the house. I initially test everything in the imperial templates since that is what I’m used to but I also have to keep an eye on the metric side as well.
I have held off on the final implementation of the gable walls since I wanted to fully wrap up the standard rectangular wall before I started in a new direction. Part of my reasoning with this was also to work out all of the bugs and problems with the standard walls first that way I would be well positioned to attack the more complex gable and shed walls.
A good example of this is the way I am currently handling holdowns. I would rather treat shear panels and their holdowns similar to how I handle windows, doors and SSW’s. In other words multiple shear walls/panels can be added to any given wall panel rather than an entire wall panel being made into a shear wall. Segmented shear walls are typically broken up in a given wall line and may or may not involve an entire wall panel. With this in mind I will probably augment the current SSW toolbar with regular shear walls or add a completely new toolbar for them.
I am also working with some component and wall panel manufacturers and I am in the process of providing some feature that will work well with their workflow but optionally can be enable/disabled by the user who has no need for those features.