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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.
An error occurred while saving the commentJulie Brzozkiewicz commented
"Some people are limited by their employers purchasing policies that for various reasons will not permit the purchase of third-party plug-ins."
While I could theoretically make a case for specific plugins at my current employer, the process to get plugins (especially ones that are not free) to be installed in a corporate setting -- where you don't necessarily have admin rights to your own machine (with good reason from a network security standpoint), plugins and scripts aren't the answer. This is especially true if you have to go through a ticketing system to even get to talk with your IT department in the first place. I've definitely freelanced at places like that.
I shouldn't have to take work home to open up Illustrator files on my home machine in order to pull dimensions using CADTools. I've been using Illustrator for well over 20 years now. There's no reason that a feature available in CorelDraw in the 90s shouldn't be easily worked into the software in 2020.