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.
Richatd Spencer commented
A simplified version of the third-party software Hotdoor CADTools would be a great addition to Illustrator. When creating label proofs we need to show the label dimensions, having to add them manually is slow and time consuming.
My personal answers to @Yogesh Sharma's questions:
1. It would have to be inside Illustrator first and foremost. Personally, I frequently send pngs of an object, with measurements shown visually. The people I send these to would not likely be able to use an online service to figure out all of these measurements themselves. But- the additional separate online service idea you mentioned sounds neat, and would be cool to have in addition. Provided it is an online service that would be easy to use for people outside of the "Adobe" network, that don't have subscriptions or accounts.
2: I use mostly horizontal and vertical dimensions- but angular dimensions would be handy as well.
Details on workflow; The projects I usually need this for are when I send graphics to be screen printed onto a product, and along with the "graphic" file, I will send a second file with dimensions shown for each section. Also for sending sticker design files- with a separate file visually showing the height and width specs of the sticker.
What I'm imaging is a tool similar to like exists in CAD, where you can click a point and draw a line, then the measurement of that line just shows up to the side, and the two end points of that line show up as arrows.
Our business frequently needs to create spec sheets which are graphically appealing so we can submit them for tender and post to our website. This requires dimensions to be placed on almost every item every time.
Having a pre-set dimension style(s) that allow you to quickly add dimensions, and also override that text would improve our workflow massively.
Also the ability to add supplemental text on the other side of the dimension line such as “=“, “TYP”, “O/A” etc.
Just installed 2019, CADTools doesn't work. Great.
The "callout" tools (like cad tools for illustrator) are needed because we often have to submit scaled permit application drawings. It would be problematic to go from app to app and back again.
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Kim Bao commented
I'm a graphic designer that's in sign industry and just switched from corel to illustrator. I use this script https://o2creative.co.nz/shop/Powerscripts/Add_Dimensions_PowerScript_for_Adobe_Illustrator (it's better compare to https://specees.dazed.design/ and https://adamdehaven.com/blog/dimension-adobe-illustrator-designs-with-a-simple-script/) to work around the inconvenience and I have to admit it's quite faster than corel's dimension tool. The only thing I'd add to this is the option of having both inch and foot together instead of either one of those. Also it'd be great if this is live editing that would automatically changes with the object size
I'm not trying to turn Illustrator into Corel Draw, but Corel definitely has some advantage that we could learn from.
Can you please make realistic, not true view? Thank you.
Marina Price commented
I would like to take autocad space drawings and populate with accurately sized furniture. I would like to input the ratio given by the architect and have my preliminary subdivisions of the area be accurate.
Cool! I'd like to try your solution, Ivan. Is there a chance to test it out before buy?
I used to spend a lot of time making dimensions, color, and fonts spec for developers and clients. Therefore a few months ago my colleague and I worked very hard to developed an extension called Specees for Adobe Illustrator that can generate height, width, distance, length of straight lines, round corner radius, and color and fonts properties of multiple objects at the same time:
Martin Hales commented
This would be great, really useful. Please add the 'true length' (path length) from object properties too.
Plus add millimeters depth to 3D rather than only points.
Lynn Stoecklein commented
I would love this as well. I am making packaging templates and need to call out horizontal and vertical width constantly. Diameter as well. I am currently using CAD Tools and do find it cumbersome. I do like that the dimensions are live and update with the object if it changes in size. I also depend on dual dimensions. (imperial and metric)
this tool would be a huge advantage.
I would like to see the horizontal/ vertical/ diagonal/ radius dimensions as suggested already.
, but also a 'universal scaling tool' for the dimensions, that allows the arrows/ lines/ text to be scaled to the appropriate size. One of the most frustrating parts of the CADTools plugin is that you need to define presets for all different sizes of artwork, and it takes about 5 clicks to get through changing presets.
Agree with comment below:
"1. This should be inside the Illustrator Software for the greatest Ease of Use (currently we purchase add-ons for Illustrator to perform this function but it is limited at best)
2. The tool would be best if it could
A. Measure Angular Dimensions as well as the standard Horizontal and Vertical
B. Allowed for users to Set the Unit of Measurement (Inches, Points, Centimeters, etc)
C. Allowed users to set how specific the measurement (nearest tenth, hundredth, thousandths)
D. Placed the Measurements on a separate layer so they can easily be hidden or set to not print with the rest of the layout."
I say this measuring tool is so critical in using illustrator. Simple horizontal and vertical as well as linear dimensions (for curved objects) would make my life so much better!
I think that the display of measures should emulate the one from Figma, with a simple alt+rollover:
This would be practical for everybody, specially UI designers.
I'm sure a large quantity of illustrator users are in the sign industry and I'm also sure we can all agree that we would a love to have some basic smart dimension tools. I am so tired of drawing lines and adding arrow heads then expanding them to make drop leaders. Its especially frustrating knowing that every other program has this basic functionality and there's dozens of addons that offer this. Unfortunately addons are always an issue keeping up to date and current across many computers. Doesn't seem logical to pay thousands of dollars a year for addons to get such a basic tool either. So adobe please add this feature already.
YES auto dimensioning! I miss this from autocad and I prefer to use illustrator but find myself going back to autocad for detailed drawings simply for the dimensioning capabilities.
Marcello Magnani commented
A dimension tool would be useful.
At least for linear path and angle.
i'd like a parametric one if possible (auto updating values changing the lenght of segments).