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.
Oliver Malms commented
even Inkscape has it built in...
Jason Wissig commented
So remodeling the design studio today and the boss asked to see dimensions of everything on this drawing. Sure would be nice to have those dimensioning tools. I should have used Corel.
Yea, just add it in already, why need to use a third party or another app along with this. Efficiency Adobe, add it in. Don't overcomplicate simple things.
This feature is important even for graphic designers that does signage work sometimes. Thank you.
The extension Dimensions Powerscript mentioned by Oliver works very fine. And at a very, very reasonable price..
Oliver Malms commented
until Adobe comes up with something, I use this one:
Why this hasn't been added is a mystery. Part of my work involves event signage that is to scale and therefore requires dimensions. This all has to be laid out manually and is a monumental waste of time pulling out lines, adding arrows, text boxes and inputting numbers. I used to have a CAD plugin some years ago, which was overkill but definitely elements of which Adobe should be introducing.
Horizontal and vertical dimensions (and if those lines are rotated, the dimension shouldn't change!)
Distance between objects (empty space)
Drag a dimension line away from what it's measuring and the start/end lines perpendicular to the dimension line (the extension lines) get longer (so you easily see what the dimension line is referring to on the drawing).
Im in the signage and print industry and this tool would save so much time, its one of the most frustrating things not to have. Come on adobe come to the party and save us......and my blood pressure.
Cant belive CorelDraw had this feature years ago and Adobe has not picked it up.
You don't need more details............ Put in a dimension tool for us................ The jpg in the original post tells you everything you need to know. Plus radius/ diameter tools too.
Why so against a dimension tool guys? No one has ever answered that question as far as i know!
Uwe Busch commented
could be simple like in Corel.
The measuring tool and art board size mentioned on this are my biggest problems working with Illustrator. Almost every design program I've worked with (except Adobe programs) have these. Which are daily used and affect entire work flow. So I'm forced to choose to use other programs or hinder the speed to finish a project.
Requiring overly detailed explanations allows them to push the can down the road. There are numerous plugins that have been referenced, dozens of other applications in the market (that haven't been around nearly as long as Illustrator) with these tools, and plenty of responses spelling out what the basic functionality could/should look like.
There are already measuring tools inside Illustrator which will show length and angle, they just need to organize a new interface to display that information as an overlay. It would be incredible if they were able to incorporate more parametric functionality, but let's start crawling before trying to run a marathon...
Also, claiming AI isn't a technical drawing software and scripts are the answer is about the most short-sighted response I can imagine. Why add any new features if there are scripts out there you can learn to write yourself‽ (Just keep paying Adobe and spending your valuable time learning script languages instead of being a designer or illustrator, etc...)
"We DoNt UnDeRstaNd feATuRe ReQueSTs WithouT a FuLl deSiGn BrieF, PlS clARifY" - Adobe
This is feature request equivalent of the "Check to see if your graphics card drivers are up to date for this 20 year old Photoshop bug."
Please read comments and use common sense.
Richard Geoffrion commented
Illustrator is not a technical drawing software and Hotdoor add-in do the job, even if it is frustrating to pay twice.
I think a simple series of scripts can do the job for what we usually need.
A series of scripts to linear dimensions align dimension, radius dimensions, diameter dimensions and angle dimensions can do the job if they respect ANSI standards.
A well-commented script is easy to customize and could be an introduction to learn the script editing.
Answer for the Sharma question:
No, it is not enough for a dimension takes in Adobe XD service. Often, we need dimensions on the artwork with a highly graphic quality.
Nori Crosland commented
Very basic CAD tools built in to illustrator would make Illustrator even more amazing. Tools such as the ability to change the dimension of simple shapes (length of line, radius/diameter of a circle, etc) after it has been drawn and then the ability to constrain it. Also, placing automatic dimensions (linear and angular) and measuring would be sweet tools. Sometimes I need my shape or lines to be a certain length or constrained to a certain angle and I have no way of doing this easily at the moment from within illustrator. Currently, I'm importing a dxf file from CAD software and it still gets hosed up. It's time consuming and I'm ripping my hair out trying to fix things that didn't translate well. Thank you for the consideration!
Hi, Yoogesh, I am very late on this. I am working in the packaging design industry. And what I do to measure and mark the dimension is first to do the KLD in CorelDraw and measuring and marking the dimensions using the DIMENSIONS TOOLS (Parallel Dimension works fine for me) and then export the artwork as EPS into Illustrator.
The measurements are very important in packaging design. I think it's high time companies like you understand the user base and understand their needs.
Yes, please. Add dimensions. I'm making this **** manually and it takes so much time for something that should obviously be part of the app. Click on end points shift/drag to pull out a measurement. Angles and curves would be great, but right now I'd be thrilled if I could just do this on regular horizontal and vertical lines.
David Cuesta commented
Do you still need more info? Go try to do it yourself. It's a basic thing. Make something and then dimension it. It's not like you need to user test it on 10,000 users, its a pretty basic thing.
Basic conceptual Workflow:
- Draw a square
- Draw a line down one side
- Put in a measurement that says how tall the square is.
If you can get the computer to learn the dimension of the square bonus!
Same concept for angles, circles, extrusions etc.
And again just to say no separate services, this should be a tool and a panel.
I have been wanting this feature for well over a decade -- Please ADD!
Recently broke down and purchased CADTools because the need for dimensional tools had grown so much. It has been super buggy and causes the occasional crash. The time that it saves though is monumental, even with the issues. There has to be some other underlying issue as to why this has not been added? Then we cant even get a response from Adobe on this topic?? Im not wearing my foil hat yet, but what is the deal?? It just seams so simple... especially if Corel can do it??