The 0.017 factor in the nodes is needed to convert a degree into radian.

I guess that even if Maya shows you the angles in degrees, internally it computes

in radians.

If one choose in the preferences to work with radians, the conversion nodes magically disappear forever… but then you need to work with radians:) ]]>

I’ve always had some painful memories concerning SDKs. Such a mess!

I’m sure I could find uses for such a replacement tool! Maybe even help out a bit, although it has been some time since I last had the time do do any serious scripting in Maya! ðŸ˜‰