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Proper Measure Tool in Ilustrator

Discussion in 'Tips & Tricks' started by Centro Graphics, May 16, 2018 at 9:02 AM.

  1. Centro Graphics

    Centro Graphics Member

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    This may already be well known though we have only just discovered it.

    A proper measuring tool for illustrator, works really well, very similar to the signlab tool. Its a paid for ($25) 3rd party add on, but well worth it.

    We have not used Signlab for years, though we were going to for showing measurements for a project, eeesh, see we were not missing anything. Back in the cupboard it goes.

    Glad we found this one.

    https://o2creative.co.nz/shop/Powerscripts/Add_Dimensions_PowerScript_for_Adobe_Illustrator
     
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  2. Martin Denton

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    We use one called BPT pro which is good, but this seems more powerful. for $25 im going to try it, Thanks !
     
  3. myront

    myront CorelDRAW is best

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    Illustrator is not my program of choice for many reasons but dimensions are probably my number one. I would consider this a must have in the sign business.
    p.s. I use a free macro in corel for this. many other macros too.
     
  4. Centro Graphics

    Centro Graphics Member

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    Its all we use for vector, we have never used corel in the 20 years been in business, could never see the attraction.
     
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  5. myront

    myront CorelDRAW is best

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    Multiple layouts on 1 page/artboard. No need for multi page or multi artboards
    No need to set dimensions of the artboard each time a new doc is started. I can set Corel to start with nothing, start with broadsheet or any other custom size.
    illy artboard max is 226" x 226"! Are you serious?! Roughly 18ft.-----Corel is 1800" x 1800" or 150ft x 150ft my friends, no need to use scaling.
    Can export/save as/pdf any selected item/items without a workaround
    Not bound to page boundaries or Artboard
    Marquee selection without grabbing everything touched by the marquee but still have the option available
    Dimensions have been a part of Corel's tools for 15 years.or more. No need for any third party plug-in
    I can customize any keyboard shortcut combination I want. Illy is limited to the F keys only
     
  6. Centro Graphics

    Centro Graphics Member

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    fair enough
     
  7. Rick

    Rick Certified Enneadecagon Designer

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    Tried downloading the trial and OS X refuses to expand the download program.

    Just curious, does it do it Imperial scale?
    Does it have call out options for 0'-00"
    When you switch scales, does it freak out and revert your newly made measurements to the other scale?
    Does it have the option of automatically figuring out square footage?

    If it does do Imperial Scale and does square footage - it's a decent deal

    I use CadTools... mostly because I can switch between Architectural and Engineer tools on the fly, I have multiple scales on a single document and get square footage... Corel can't do dat...
     
  8. Centro Graphics

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    Tried downloading the trial and OS X refuses to expand the download program. Not sure about that, not that techy sorry

    Just curious, does it do it Imperial scale? .......Yes
    Does it have call out options for 0'-00" ........Yes
    When you switch scales, does it freak out and revert your newly made measurements to the other scale?.....No
    Does it have the option of automatically figuring out square footage?........Not Sure yet

    If it does do Imperial Scale and does square footage - it's a decent deal.........Not sure yet

    I use CadTools... mostly because I can switch between Architectural and Engineer tools on the fly, I have multiple scales on a single document and get square footage... Corel can't do dat...


    Hope this helps!?
     
  9. crny1

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    Trial works fine for me. Messed around with it and definately worth the $25
    I downloaded the trial for Cadtools and it never could work out the sq ft correctly. a simple 12"x12" square would show the wrong sq ft. Worked with thier tech support back and forth and never could get it to work and then they proceeded to tell me to purchase it and then they would figure out why it wasnt working. Poor customer service in my opinion. I am not going to pay that price for something they couldnt get working during the trial period.
     
  10. Rick

    Rick Certified Enneadecagon Designer

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    Thats sucks, yeah thats a chunk of change to lay out if it didn't work...

    Out of curiosity, did you have it in the correct layer to read the 12" x 12" box?
    Obviously they had you look at the "CadTracker" window...
     
  11. crny1

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    Yes I did have it in the correct layer and was using cad tracker window. We went step by step together to try to resolve it. THe main reason I wanted it was for the sq ft numbers. I do a lot of ODD shapes that are nightmares to figure out the sq ft on.
     
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