I have been looking at Wrightsoft and I down loaded the demo,
Wrightsoft website says you can import cad drawings but I haven't
figured out how. the only import function I see is under the
"proposal" menu. Am I missing something or is it because I am looking
at the demo?
The one thing I HATE about wrightsoft is their drawing!
You want to do a small heat loss/gain, you have to draw it out or have lots
of trouble with entering all the data.
If you like playing with floor plans more than getting a heat loss/gain,
then buy it. Just got an update today in the mail. Personally, I would never
have bought it except for the Geothermal usage, and the loop portion I
personally don't care for. Heck, there isn't much about Wrightsoft I really
But for the most part, free demos all suck...
If you want to import a AutoCAD drawing (.dwg) make sure you've got the
scales right, cuz the program won't help.
Neither will the customer service folks.
All problems will eventually be proven to be A Loose Nut Between the Chair &
But they'll let you know it in an awfully pleasant Eastern seaboard way.
If you want to manipulate a CAD drawing, you'll need a CAD program.
If you want a load program then shop around, enter the data as needed & be
My favorite is Elite (elitesoft.com) straight forward & simple after a
Also lets you load it on multiple computer w/out issues.
Wrightsoft gives you 3 keys to load & that's it.
I had a computer crash & replaced it, they told me they wouldn't replace the
lost key & I'd have to buy another copy.
The loop & radiant sections are fairly worthless as well. Geothermally I
don't trust their output, & if I'm doing radiant, I'll draw my own, as
they're output will run lines through walls, or cover a 20' hallway
widthwise instead of lengthwise... lots of short 3'-u turn-3'-u turn-3',
etc... & don't try to relocate a loop...
I've heard a program called "loopcad" or ??? is supposed to be very user
friendly, from those that do allot of it.
rihvacduct had written this in response to
Wrightsoft is by far the best solution on the market. I can not comment
your experiences but mine have been all positive. I am not a strong
user but I found it easy to use. I run a small HVAC company in RI and
product helps my company greatly. I do loads, duct and radiant design,
proposals and operating costs with no problem. I did have a learning
every software has that no matter what anyone says. I found Wrightsoft
than Elite's. Yes I tried Elite's first and switched to Wrightsoft.
Importing a CAD drawing was easy as long as the CAD drawing was done right
begin with but you can't blame the software for user error! I never found
the issues that you stated so I wonder if they are true. I even asked 10
users I know from ACCA and Distributor meetings and they did not agree
As far as tech support I had no issue as they helped me with my questions
maybe you called more than I did.
I actually found Elite's software harder to use and they have no technical
support at all. If you want any you have to pay for it. Sure they give
unlimited copies but how many other software companies do that? None that
found. To each there own I guess.
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Welcome to the 21st century...
You drug that post out from wayyyyyyyyyyyy back,
Kudos to your Usegroup... Mine is aftermarket as Comcast cut us off a while
Wrightsoft still sucks!
Always has & always will.
(Sorry Bill, but your phone techs cost you a customer years ago)
If you can't find tech support from Elite, your calling the wrong 800 #
Always blame the ACAD drawing for your software's lack of ability...
It's kinda like lining up your Chess pieces on a Candyland board... WHY???
If Autodesk had the guts they'd buy up anyone of a thousand load software
programs & give the loads as the building is designed.
This, of course, will never happen as user error would put liability on the
software & not the user.
I prefer to scale & enter dims by hand.
If your counting on any software to design your duct, you deserve to stay a
small contractor in RI,
Even Stormy could eat your lunch... & he might even take your job app...
Calc the loads & draw the duct (either by hand or CAD) but never let a piece
of (sh**) load software design your system.
A ductulator is a very powerful tool... Learn it, know it, live it, (the tin
I like Elite. I've used both WrightSoft and Elite, and it seems Elite is
faster, easier to input the necessary info or draw. The software seems more
logical to me than Wright Soft.
WrightSoft has too many windows that you have to set. It's difficult to set
up defaults. Elite is much easier.
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