Task duration and roll up functionality

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"I just upgraded to MM2012 and am disappointed and astounded that there was no upgrade in task functionality. Here are my 3 strikes: First, Duration in hours must be an integer and not a fraction. Is it not conceivable that a task could take 3.25 hours instead of 3? Second, there is no aggregate on duration. Two tasks of (1 hr + 2 hrs) totals 1 day instead of 3hrs. Finally, there is no useable export. If I could export all of my tasks to an Excel friendly format, I could simply auto calculate the hours despite the inconvenience, I'd be happy. I've read the docs and the forums and even called in to Support; there seems to be a tremendous amount of frustration on this topic. Even the support staff I've spoken to sigh before giving me the ""yeah, we know speech."" The money I spent on upgrading my licenses has proven to be a mistake. I've been a user for several versions and I've never had a 'wow' moment with MM."
(from Ralph M. Rivera)
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"I've been very critical of Mindjet regarding MM's failings but most of the points you raise have been addressed at least partially in MM2012:
1. If you want to get fractions of hours, set the duration in minutes. If you set a duration over 60 minutes it will be shown as for example 1h, 30 min, but when it's exported it will be exported as a fraction.
2. Yes, this is an issue - for me the intermediate rolled-up topics are shown as hours and the main topic as days.
3. MM2012 does export to Excel quite well via a csv file. If you have the task info option ticked the information will be exported as a fractions of a day, so that if you have an eight-our day a two hour duration will be 0.25, a one hour 30 minute duration will be 0.1875, etc " [from Alex]
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"Thanks Alex for your response. If you roll up the tasks (for #2), you'll get the calculated duration. You need to set dependencies for the tasks that you want to include in the calculation otherwise MindManager will still assume the tasks can overlap.

Given you can accomplish all three of these requests, I'm inclined to close this request unless someone can expand on this to illustrate how these can be improved.

Thanks,
Michael " [from MichaelDeutch]
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"Michael, I think there may still be a bit of an issue with how MM displays task roll ups. I've experimented with this again and have found that if you set up tasks consistently from scratch with the appropriate time units, then it seems to work. However if you set up tasks, establish dependencies and then go back and change the time units, say from days to hours or hours to minutes, MM can sometimes be reluctant to update the roll up duration properly.

" [from Alex]
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I have the same problem as Alex. If changes are made to children once a roll-up has been created, the roll-up rarely updates its calculations.