Automatic dimension/measuring tool please
A tool to automatically dimension signs would be an advantage to those of us working in the sign industry who create visuals for clients. It would also assist in maintaining accuracy of the artwork created and automatic checking device. This with the removal of the artboard size limitation would create a full working drawing platform for the manufacture of large signs for the retail industry.
A couple of questions on this:
1. Would it be okay to have a separate spec creation service much like the upcoming Adobe XD service? On this service, anyone with a link, can select any objects, and view its dimensions (W/H), colors, fonts etc. Or should it be inside Illustrator.
2. Are you only going to create horizontal, and vertical dimensions? Or would you also like to have angular dimensions as well?
Please share more details about your workflow.
We have Cadtools, really like it, but each time a new Illustrator version sees the light you need to upgrade. Too expensive for us, since we only use some basic functions. And all the other functions are really of no use to us. Tested several other plug-ins and we now use Powerscripts (USD 25,00 or USD 39,50 with 6 other scripts: https://www.o2creative.co.nz/Dimensions_PowerScript_Plugin_Extension_for_Adobe_Illustrator.php).
Works for us. Quite well actually. Only one drawback, cannot change the dot into a comma in the preferences (or cannot find how to). Emailed about it, but never any answer or any change.
Maybe Adobe can buy this company and work from there ;-).
"NEED MORE INFO" What BS, buy a copy of CorelDraw you'll see what we want lol!
Because it seems that Adobe don't want to work on the tool, I've search one on the web a tool less expensive than Cad-tools...
I've tried BPT-Pro4 from Baby-Universe, very good but when Adobe launch a new version of CC, it's necessary to wait around 6 months to have an update from them... :-(
I've found a french guy with a very good solution (translated in english and german), not very expensive (25€ for an unlimited licence + unlimited updates) :
Very kind guy, when you have a pb, when you want a specific tool or else, his feedback is excellent !
Guys, @Yogesh Sharma is working on it. Why you have to bother him every year lol
Any updates on this? @Yogesh Sharma
Yes, included inside illustrator with all dimensions like CADTool plugin : vertical, horizontal, diameter, etc etc
As written by many people we are waiting for this functionality for many many years.
When I see the price we pay each year for the CC suite, it's incredible to pay a plugin for such a simple tool !
We've been asking for this for god knows how long ... seems to me that there is no intention on Adobe's part to make this happen.
Inside illustrator, vertical, horizontal, and angular.
If you want a simplier, lighter and cheaper plug-in than CADtools, you can try BPT-Pro plug-in by Baby-universe. It is a little Japanese firm.
CADtool is a good produce, but I find it is too expensive and I need only a few tools.
May you integrate fonctionnalties provided by CADtools plugin inside Illustartor ?
YOU DON'T NEED MORE INFO...............For goodness sake put in a multi-function dimension tool!!!!! Corel can do it, is your abiliy so far behind them that you struggle to understand your customers needs? Get rid of your snobby "illustrator" ideals and give us something to help us design with
Derek Jenkins commented
BPT-Pro4 is what we currently use. But it would be SO nice not to have to rely on a third party plug-in.
David Creamer commented
One never knows what features they plan to add. Hope springs eternal...
David your more than likely correct in your assumption. "Artists" who depend on those type of features in a program should start looking elsewhere. Its clear Adobe is not interested in making these type of mods to help them out. Thanks for pointing that out. It might just help some people move on.
David Creamer commented
Because this feature has been requested for years now (decades!), it has to be a deliberate omission by Adobe. I feel there are two possible reasons: 1] it's too complicated for the programmers, or 2] it's not part of the Adobe road map. I doubt it's the former reason. I think that Adobe sees Illustrator as mainly an "art" program. Why else would it not have auto-dimensioning (like CorelDRAW), flow chart features (like Office apps or CorelDRAW), and modern charting functions (like Excel) after all this time?
My office uses a combination of corel draw and adobe products. We currently have (3) seats with Adobe and use the HotDoor plug in. It is ridiculously expensive. We have recently been seriously tossing around the idea of dropping Adobe for Corel because of this issue. This thread has been going for a long time now with no success or explanation from Adobe that I am aware of. Might just be time to move on.
Richard Geoffrion commented
We need a tool that measures horizontal and vertical lengths as well as angles, angular lengths, radii and diameters. This tool should be compatible with ANSI and ISO standards.
It’s really ridiculous to have to pay $350 for a tool that has been around for decades on Corel. Wondering why I don’t go to Corel? This is what I have been asking my employer without success for years. Which one, between you or my employer, will move first?
Manuel Garcia commented
It would be really helpful to have a complementary scaling system with the most common scales used in architecture and industrial design and the change of adding your own scales. allowing in that way to scale your artwork while keeling the dimensions showed in the measuring notes.
Manuel Garcia commented
It would be really helpful to have a complementary scale system that allows you to adapt your design to the different scales at the same time that keeps the dimension notes.