How to find coordinate points quickly and have them update automatically

I recelty found out how to place a point and attach a leader to that point and have the x,y coordinates displayed but they read out as feet’.decimals when I want it to read as feet’-inches" is there anyway to do this? I am hoping for a feature similar to autoCAD where you can drag your mouse to a point and the software provides you with the x,y coordinaates and also updates the coordinates automatically when you move the point.

Please help!

I think you are talking about two different things.

If you go to Options>Units>Model under the “Distance display” section you can set it to “Fractional”.
Doing this you will be able to see your values with fractions in the status bar any time a command is requiring you to input a coordinate/point:
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Also, you can properly set up the style of your annotation to display length units in fractions:
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(… if you edit the control points of the leader you can change the location relative to its origin…)

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this ^ is the property of a single annotation object, but you can set up similarly the global annotation style of your .3dm file.

I want it to look like this and have it produced automatically if possible

Hi Spenser - this is probably scriptable, I’ll have a look.

@Spenser_McCoy - we can make this fancier - but have a try, to see if we are going the right way - (731 Bytes)

To use the Python script use RunPythonScript, or a macro:

_-RunPythonScript "Full path to py file inside double-quotes"

You’ll need to have an annotation style that is set to underline leaders as current.


Hi Pascal.

How do I open the file? It says that it is not compatible with Rhino.


Hi Spenser - see my post above, it has instructions for running the script file.

@Spenser_McCoy - any luck with that?



The script works perfectly. Thank you very much!

I am wondering if there is a way for me to edit the text to display distance in feet and inches.


Hi Spenser - that should follow the current annotation style, if I did it right.


The current annotation style shows as a decimal point rather than in feet and inches with fractions


I have included an image of how your script appears above my text annotation.


Yeah, you’re right, I did not finish the job - I’ll see what I can do…


Thank you very much. I appreciate your help.