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 From:  rado
2009.1 
After using the 1.0 beta a year ago and downloading the demo a few months ago, I finally caved last week and purchased MoI. I must say that it was WELL worth my purchase and that I am really quite happy...

There is, however, one thing that is bugging me with the feet and inches input. I've been an autocad user a while now and have developed a habit of only marking feet (') in a feet and inches input (for example 10'2).

For some reason MoI needs to read it as 10'2". Would it be possible to have the program infer that the second number is inches when it directly follows a feet symbol?

I know it's a little thing, but I'm finding that I am constantly incorrectly entering dimensions as I keep forgetting to add the " symbol for inches as I'm so used to inputting it the other way.

If it isn't possible to add this functionality it's by no means a deal breaker. I'll just have to break myself of that old bad habit =)
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 From:  Brian (BWTR)
2009.2 In reply to 2009.1 
People still use Imperial measurements?

Pretty sad for this Century really!

That makes it what, 44 years, behind even Aussie? (I can't converse with even with my children (in thier 50s) on imperial measurement any longer.)

rado, start a movement to make the change.

Brian
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 From:  Michael Gibson
2009.3 In reply to 2009.1 
Hi Rado, thanks for your MoI order!

Yes, I do intend to update the feet&inches input just as you request there.

Someone else mentioned that to me at Siggraph as well - when I was developing the feet&inches I didn't know that it was a pretty normal thing to be able to leave out that final inch symbol.

It should not be too difficult to add, and it was actually on my list to try and squeeze in to the last beta but I did not quite have enough time to get to it. It should get in for the next one though.

- Michael
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 From:  rado
2009.4 In reply to 2009.2 
Sadly I'm stuck using an antiquated and nonsensical system. While metric makes so much more sense, it's so much easier for me to visualize things in feet and inches, having used them at work and school for so long. I would gladly embrace a metric revolution. You can start it though, as the people that I surround myself with professionally are really slow to embrace change and would most definitely shun the metric system... the internet???? what's that?? =)

"Hi Rado, thanks for your MoI order!

Yes, I do intend to update the feet&inches input just as you request there."

This is really great news. While it doesn't seem like a big deal to most, it really is a huge time saver to be able to skip that extra key stroke, especially when you are trying to create a quick render from a giant base plan.

Thanks again!!!
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 From:  eric (ERICCLOUGH)
2009.5 
Metric does make more sense, of course.
But in rural Canada most small building contractors still prefer the old imperial dimensioning ...
and plywood sheets (usually the governing module for houses) still come in 4'x8' sheets.
Nonsense but true.
eric
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 From:  DannyT (DANTAS)
2009.6 
During my apprenticeship worked both Imperial and metric, it was a long transition period when metric was introduced in Aus.
Then it was smooth sailing for ages with metric, until I joined my current company which is US owned, so now I work with imperial measurements, funny thing is I convert the imperial value in my head so I can visualise it in metric, I must be going nuts! :)
But the strangest thing is we receive 3D data from the US in metric, work that logic out!!

Cheers
~Danny~
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 From:  Frenchy Pilou (PILOU)
2009.7 In reply to 2009.6 
Don't repeat that! http://www.cnn.com/TECH/space/9909/30/mars.metric/
125 million$ losted!
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Pilou
Is beautiful that please without concept!
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 From:  BurrMan
2009.8 In reply to 2009.6 
Alot of the CAD packages do their work internally in metric and just present the converted value to the user as imperial.

I use a CAD package in feet and inches and it exports to MoI or Rhino as MM. Probably what you are seeing there Danny.

EDITED: 27 Sep 2008 by BURRMAN

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 From:  Lemo (LEMONNADO)
2009.9 
I recently received a machine part.... a drive shaft.. 1/2 inch diameter, with M5 metric threaded holes on each end.
Each hole is 1 inch deep. Ahhhahahahaha (hysterical laughter). Made in China....

We are going to heck in a handbasket! Let's mix and match....

Or as it stands on a sign at the Long Island Express way: Islip Airport -> 1 Mile/1 Km

Lemo
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 From:  Brian (BWTR)
2009.10 In reply to 2009.9 
In Sweden a mile is 10 kilometers!

The "official" British mile is 1.6093 Kilometers.

How any advanced country can not be completely metric in the 21st Century?

Aussie went metric back in the early 1960s.

Brian
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 From:  BurrMan
2009.11 In reply to 2009.10 
Seems everthing keeps comparing to a "Mile".

Metric is great scale to know, still, America is on imperial units.

Did you know a country mile is about that far?

Whats your teacher supposed to do with her yard stick?

Should all the lenolium in the world be changed?

All drag racing times and records must be converted. Any takers?

The fooball field is no longer 100 yards!

The hockey rink is no longer 85' x 200'.
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 From:  Brian (BWTR)
2009.12 In reply to 2009.11 
Burr

Americans still don't want to realise how small a part of the real, measure up, world they are in maybe? (Having a dig!)

Who else in the whole world has not made the change, decades ago!

(Like, back in my day, you had to have 10% of a house price as deposit and loan repayments could not exceed 13% of the MALE (only) buyers income!)

Now, in the third world,--------

Crazy world-----me and my mates have had all the solutions for yonks!
(Nobody listens!)

Brian
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 From:  BurrMan
2009.13 In reply to 2009.12 
Should I really respond here.

Dont want to step on toes.

Back to modeling.
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 From:  Brian (BWTR)
2009.14 In reply to 2009.13 
Burr

Probably not!
(I just have this huge list of logical choices that no one really dissagrees with but, when it comes to action, nothing happens!
In my nearly 77th year and still not had anyone I voted for elected either!)

And I still can't come to grips with XSI----mumble/grumble

Wow is me.

Brian
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 From:  BurrMan
2009.15 In reply to 2009.14 
Funny thing Aussie's and Americans....Really peas in a pod!

>>And I still can't come to grips with XSI----mumble/grumble

Here we are at MoI. Even Better than that!

Let the creative juices flow.
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 From:  Grendel
2009.16 In reply to 2009.12 
>>Americans still don't want to realise how small a part of the real, measure up, world they are in maybe? (Having a dig!)

Brian several industries still use imperial as a standard regardless of their location in relation to the US. I'm not arguing that metric is not easier to learn and apply system, I am however citing the fact as mentioned earlier that every cad package I know of can swap back and forth the units with a couple of clicks so it is really a moot point. As for the Mars lander they were probably off by more than a decimal place to say the least and an organization like NASA should have a strict QA program that requires all work done to certain standards and they managed to launch us another $125 million into debt......
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 From:  Brian (BWTR)
2009.17 In reply to 2009.16 
"Americans still don't want to realise how small a part of the real, measure up, world they are in maybe?"


He, He, he

Well, how could I ever top that!

----one can live in hope--starting tomorrow?

Brian
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 From:  Michael Gibson
2009.18 
By the way the request at the start of this thread to be able to enter feet & inches input with the last " sign missing (like type 5'2 for the same as 5'2") has been enabled now since the Nov-21 v2 beta.

- Michael
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 From:  Brian (BWTR)
2009.19 In reply to 2009.18 
Michael

Thats no way to educate people!

Tis a fun/silly world---NOW, do you want to see the list of SIMPLE things that I and my friends have solved to make all good?---It's so easy!
(To make the list!)

Brian
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