Ruler Tool
  • 23 Apr 2024
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Ruler Tool

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Article Summary

The Ruler Tool is a quick, easy way to measure a distance on a Plan and display the measured length.

📝 Rulers are Annotations only

Rulers drawn will not add Quantities to Measurements.
To quantify and display the linear measurements on the Plan, please use the Length Tool with Show Totals enabled.

💡Using an iPad or Tablet?

Drawing Rulers

  1. Click the Ruler Tool
    Ensure the Plan Scale has been set
  2. Click and release to begin Ruler
    Move the cursor out to draw the Ruler
    Hold SHIFT to draw a straight line and lock the angle to 15º increments
  3. Click and release to complete the Ruler
    The length displayed can be in Metric (mm, cm, m) or Imperial (in, ft) formats
  4. Repeat for any additional Rulers
  5. Click Done
💡Enabling the Snap Tool

Enable the Snap to Objects Tool while drawing a Ruler to Snap to a PDF element of the Plan easily
Eg. Walls or island benches

Drawing Ruler

Editing Rulers

The Settings modal remains open during Editing and requires a click to close once editing is complete.

  1. Press ESC
    Zoom in on the Ruler to select
  2. Select the Ruler on the Plan
    • To move: Click, hold and drag
      To move several items at once, use the Select Tool
    • To resize Ruler: Click, hold and drag the blue square boxes
      Hold SHIFT to draw a straight line and lock the angle to 15º increments
  3. Click Actions to:
  4. Click Settings to:
    • Edit the Line Colour, Line Width, Opacity %, Text Colour, Text Size and Number Format
      Number Formats include Metric (mm, cm, m) and Imperial (in, ft)
  5. Click Save
    To Cancel the changes click Cancel
💡 To restore Deleted Rulers
  • Hold CTRL/Command ⌘ and press Z or
  • Click Undo before leaving the Plan

Editing Ruler V2

Using an iPad or Tablet?

Click for alternate terminology.

Things to note when following the above steps:

  • Tap instead of click
  • Unless there is a keyboard attached to the device, there are no shortcut keys on an iPad or Tablet
  • Tap Done instead of pressing ESC

Navigation hints:

  • Pinch zoom
  • Tap hold and drag to pan around a Plan

Images within this article are taken from a desktop computer. Interface appearance on an iPad / Tablet devices may vary based on screen size, potentially hiding or shortening buttons to icons. For accuracy, consider using a stylus, Apple pencil or mouse.

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