Not able to set dimensions of square


#1

I’m on Ubuntu Linux 16.04, this happens both in Firefox 49 and Chrome Version 53.0.2785.116 (64-bit). I could do all of this earlier this week, so it seems like a regression.

  1. select the rectangle tool
  2. click to start the rectangle
  3. try to enter 14",48" (I’m doing tutorial number 4 from http://www.sketchup.com/learn/videos/58?playlist=58)
  4. the moment I enter the ‘,’ things seem to go wrong, I cannot continue to enter 48".

Other than that: I’m entirely new to sketchup, having it running on Linux and using it for the first time blows me away, it’s great!


#2

Where are you and what language is your keyboard set for? Do you use a comma as a decimal separator? Try using semi colon (:wink: instead of comma ( ,) as the separator between the dimensions. And what happens if you omit the quote mark ( " ) ?


#3

I’m in Belgium and use the English (international AltGr dead keys) keyboard layout (hardware is a qwerty keyboard). This is a Linux-only layout I think.

I experimented some more, and things go wrong the moment I use the double quote character: ". I’m able to enter feet (so ') without an issue.

I wouldn’t be using feet and inches if it wasn’t for the tutorial though, I use the metric system natively and that does works. :slight_smile:

(to clarify: a different separator doesn’t matter, things go wrong before the separator)


#4

So if you omit the units altogether, does it work?


#5

Yes, omitting them works. Are inches the default?


#6

Yes. Inches are the default.


#7

Ok, I’ll work around it like that. Thanks for the incredibly quick responses. :slight_smile:


#8

When you type a decimal number would you use
1.234 or 1,234
I think in Belgium you’d use the comma rather than the full-stop [aka ‘period’ in the USA] as the decimal point.

As Dave says the convention in the USA,UK etc is
1.234,5.678
where the separator of the two number is a comma, since the numbers contain a full-stop.

In most of Europe it’s
1,234;5,678
where the separator of the two numbers is a semi-colon, to allow the use of the comma in the number.

Also be aware that on PCs with an extended keyboard SketchUp does not read the full-stop on the number-pad as a comma if the user’s locale expects it, you must use the comma on the main key-set.