Hi Tony,

This was an area we addressed with DXP but I know there are also some PCB
reports that may not show decimal and imperial at the same time (or even
based on the board settings) - feedback on specific problems in this area
would help us to set priorities.

The only other area I am aware of that still has specific metric problems is
PCB rules that are defined at schematic level (new to DXP)
Measurements in this case are currently always imperial - we will try to get
this in an early service pack.
Other suggestions on Imperial/Metric support, such as the status bar idea
you have mentioned, are of course always welcome.

And - As it seems you guys are well aware - Resistance is never futile !

Best Regards,

Nick Martin


----- Original Message -----
From: "Tony Karavidas" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
To: "Protel EDA Forum" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
Sent: Saturday, August 03, 2002 1:13 PM
Subject: Re: [PEDA] OT Metric vs Imperial


> Nick: the collective is talking and you will be assimilated! (Ok, I guess
> you'd only get that if you were a Star Trek fan.)
>
> It's great that the CEO is on here reading and thinking about what
everyone
> is saying. That is a really good sign IMO.
>
> I think everyone would be hard pressed to find a real manufacturing issue
> when it comes to the rounding problem. Manufacturing tolerances and even
> component tolerances are much worse than the rounding problem noted here,
> but it a perceived quality issue that really irks the group I would
venture
> to guess. It's plain stupid when a computer can't call something 3.00mm
and
> then when the object is viewed in imperial mode, the data changes
slightly.
> Go back to metric mode, and the object will now be 2.99999mm.
>
> A 'real problem' is when someone is trying to do a search for a 3mm pad,
and
> they only find some because any that were 'touched' while in imperial mode
> have now been unexpectedly changed to 2.99999mm.  A search will not find
> these stealth 2.9999mm pads.
>
> (...little DXP test of above scenario...)
>
> HOWEVER....I was talking in reference to 99SE. It seems to be FIXED in
DXP!!
> I tried to look back to see who started this thread and didn't have any
> luck.
>
> I just tried the same example in DXP (the one I was typing about in this
> email) and it works now. So where is the problem now?? Is it truly gone???
> That would be excellent.
>
> The idea of showing imperial AND metric in the status bar would be such a
> great addition! I could reference multiple data sheets when building parts
> and not have to flip back and forth. It would DEFINITELY be a productivity
> enhancer!
>
> Tony
>
>
>
>
>
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Don Ingram [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED]]
> > Sent: Saturday, August 03, 2002 4:37 AM
> > To: Protel EDA Forum
> > Subject: Re: [PEDA] OT Metric vs Imperial
> >
> >
> > Yikes! I left home without my autograph book ;-)
> >
> >
> > The roundoff issues we experience in our particular case do not relate
to
> > 'hard' problems but to a general clumsiness in dealing with the numbers
> > generated when dealing with the 'other' units system. A cleaner units
> > conversion as a result of the underlying base unit value would
> > require less
> > toggling of the display and a cleaner way of dealing with the interface
> > between metric enclosure related issues, imperial board issues &
> > hard metric
> > components.
> >
> > The point which I believe that the collective is making is that this is
> > becoming more & more of an issue as people do finer pitch work &
> > that sooner
> > rather than later would be both convenient & useful in avoiding the time
> > when it really does matter and becomes a serious problem.
> > Conference after
> > Conference the future direction is smaller & finer & the guys are all
> > talking in microns.
> >
> > <end my 2 cents worth>
> >
> >
> > Cheers
> >
> > Don Ingram
> >
> >
> > ************************************************************************
> > * Tracking #: 959E7FD16F92FE4285049432FF63931F076B4FDD
> > *
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> >
> >
>

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