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Dear PV*SOL users,

to collect and centralize the feature requests for PV*SOL, we have created this topic.

Here you can post your ideas for missing features, usability improvements or other suggestions.

 

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Good afternoon,

I think it would be a good idea if Valentin software developers make a wish list in the Forum for the users so they can have a feedback of what is more important and required by the costumers/users and  if they are mentioned very often try to include them in the following releases.

Here are my wishes 🙂

1- More stand alone inverter/chargers/components brands, as Victron, Steca, Ingeteam, Solarwatt

2- Bigger area to develop bigger projects

3 - A better relation with 3D software as Sketch-up

4 - The possibility of include some images/pictures or even text in the final report (for clients would be interesting if we can include in one only document the pictures of a visit for example or special information)

5 - BIM/ifc files compatibility.

 

Thanks for your attention.

 

Kind regards

 

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1. More control when drawing lines: snap to 10cm or input to drive line length

2. Snap to mid point of line - the ridge of a roof is almost always in the middle

3. ctrl+Z to undo

4. better control when rotating the camera position

5. Higher resolution on panels when zoomed out

6. Default project image zoomed out enough to show whole array

 

Keep up the good work PVSOL team.

 

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On 7/21/2019 at 7:35 PM, Jon said:

Good afternoon,

I think it would be a good idea if Valentin software developers make a wish list in the Forum for the users so they can have a feedback of what is more important and required by the costumers/users and  if they are mentioned very often try to include them in the following releases.

Here are my wishes 🙂

1- More stand alone inverter/chargers/components brands, as Victron, Steca, Ingeteam, Solarwatt

2- Bigger area to develop bigger projects

3 - A better relation with 3D software as Sketch-up

4 - The possibility of include some images/pictures or even text in the final report (for clients would be interesting if we can include in one only document the pictures of a visit for example or special information)

5 - BIM/ifc files compatibility.

 

Thanks for your attention.

 

Kind regards

 

revit -bestanden /modellen

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This one is a bit tricky to explain but I will do my best.

When setting a new location in "create climate data for a new location" by postcode the pin should be selectable. Even better the pin location could be set as the default location unless you select another point on the map.

Once you search by postcode and the pin appears on the map you can't select the pin. You have to zoom in and select a point as close to the pin as possible. I'm sure this wasn't always the case?

Thanks

 

 

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+ fix memory allocation problems on 3D module (this is a MUST)

+ fix CPU and GPU usage on 3D module

+ cable plan for mounted systems

+ proper 3D import with support for larger number of vertices/faces

+ 64 bit version for better overall performance and PC resource usage

 

And thanks for asking us.

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Hello,

  1. Carports - Carports are getting very popular, currently there is no option to draw carports in 3D so we must draw a building and that does not look very nice. image.png.bc3c60da5b8d69b189e194c7b87c5fdf.png
  2. Single axis rotation panels - This projection can not be done in 3D only in 2D. It is very important to us because of shadowing. In 3D we could see how much space is needed between the rows of the modules. It would be great if software could calculate the required spacing to arrange the rows of the single-axis rotation modules so that there is no inter-shade.
  3. Mounting support clearence - When aligning the module rows in south direction more than +/- 10% the software does not calculate mounting support clearence.

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Thank you in advance.

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The first point mentioned by Jon is an issue since back in 2013. And also the lack of the 3-D-Rotation is definitely not state of the art anymore. Especially for a program with a 4-digit-price. The software maybe was good in the 2000's, but today, 10 - 20 years later? Compare the value-for-money-ratio with AutoCAD or MatLab - PVSol's price is way too high for what is offered. The only good thing is the incredible database - but for somebody like me, travelling a lot and therefore often having problems connecting into the internet, the new policy with only online-database is now getting a pain in my furthest backward part.

Overall I believe they are on a quite good way of loosing pace if they don't get into refurbishing their software and marketing policy.

My only hope are people like you and me - explaining their needs and hopefully be understood as constructive critcizers.But to be honest... If the way they handled my requests on phone reflects their attitude, I have considerable doubts about helpful progressive changes.

 

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On 7/23/2019 at 2:49 PM, jamesbm said:

1. More control when drawing lines: snap to 10cm or input to drive line length

2. Snap to mid point of line - the ridge of a roof is almost always in the middle

3. ctrl+Z to undo

4. better control when rotating the camera position

5. Higher resolution on panels when zoomed out

6. Default project image zoomed out enough to show whole array

 

Keep up the good work PVSOL team.

 

Great ideas all of them, specially the first 3. If I may add another, I'd like to not only have input to enter the exact line length, but also to enter the line relative angle, a bit like what can be done with buildings:

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That would be very helpful when you need to draw complex buildings and and make sure modules on different roofs are oriented similarly for configuration in the same MPPT. Please see below an example of a rather poor attempt I was working on recently:

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Keep up the good work and thanks for your timely replies!

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- would like to see an undo button as discribed above. (or at least be able to lock a complex building and their surroundings, so one misclick doens't destroy your work)
- need more options for EV. (e.g. distance travelled per week day, range according new WLTP system)
- while the software perfectly suits my technical needs, it seems lackluster/old as a client proposal.
- could we have a blanc page in the customer presentation where we can add project or installer specific additional information.
- some presentation pages need additional (customizable) information. (while a graph or scheme or just some numbers wth a title above will be very clear for us, a customer most of the time doens't know what he is looking at)
- file size of the presentation should be smaller, but pictures should still be high res.
- would like to be able to send an electronic presentation to a customer with some analytics possibilities. (where do customers actualy look at?)
- easier construction of "complex" buildings. (depth of building schould be addapted to the angle and dimensions of the roof area being used for the array)
 

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