boxing day


I hope you had a great Christmas!  Being that the twins are 5 years old, ours was quite special (if not a little nerve racking!).  In spite of our efforts to control the bedtimes and sugar, they were completely wound up the last two days before Christmas.  Now that the holiday is past, everyone has come back down to earth.  I now have the day to work on BuildCalc before my Dad comes to visit for a few days.  So here’s what has been accomplished thus far:

  • Fixed a bug where the stored [Length], [Width] and [Height] values were not displaying after a restart.
  • Added 4’x10′ and 4’x14′ sheets to the Drywall Key
  • Threw out the CMP method of calculating drywall sheets if given a length value.  For the life of me, I can’t understand why they did what they did so I hope you find the change useful.  Now when one enters a length and applies the [DryWal] function, the results are how many sheets of each length will fill the entered length. Please let me know if this change isn’t helpful.
  • With some great feedback from BJB (in the UK), the Irregular Pitch values will be displayed in the units in which they were entered (instead of inches of Pitch).  Again, this is a change to how the CMP does it, so let me know if the change has a negative impact upon you.

So these changes, as well as may others, will be in version 1.3.   I’m going to compile it later today and when Apple’s iTunes Connect is open for business (tomorrow or Tuesday), it will be submitted for review.  I’m guessing that there will be a post-holiday back log, so maybe version 1.3 will be on iTunes in mid-January … or maybe a little later.

Looking forward to version 1.4: In addition to the major refactoring I keep droning on about (see earlier posts) there are still a lot of room for improvements and enhancements.  For example, after some dialog with users in the UK and in Australia, it appears that there are different standards for sheathing sizes.   Because they’re not the same, a one-size-fits-all approach to metric defaults (for things like sheathing sizes, stair risers, block sizes, shingle size, etc.) is likely not going to work.  Rather, work is going to have to be done on creating a set of defaults values  based on the location.  Fortunately, Apple makes it easy to determine location so the  task is going to be code this up.  I’ll keep you posted.

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