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measuring tool

hi ive just downloaded the adobe pro x1 trial

I am a builder and would like to measure the plans and find out dimension accordingt o the scale of the drawing. The measuring tool doesnt appear to do that - is it possible . Also how do you change the diminsion to metric
peter


peter taw 642 days ago


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The following features and settings are available in both Acrobat and the new Adobe Reader XI which is free.

To change your default page units:
This will enable millimeters to be displayed when measuring the page itself or displaying the paper size in the print options etc. We will set the scale ratio for the measuring tool later.

Ctrl + K > Units & Guide > Units
Set 'Page & Ruler Units:' choose 'milimeters' from the dropdown


To enable 'Use Scale and Units from Document when present':

Ctrl + K > Measuring (2D) > 2D Measuring
Tick 'Use Scale and Units from Document when present':


To change the scale ratio and units:

View > Tools > Analyze
Left click on the 'Measuring Tool'
BEFORE using the tool itself i.e. before you start measuring:
Right click > Change Scale Ratio (top of the list)

Change the settings here but note that the Acrobat/Reader will not remember your changes to the Scale Units but your other preferences with be saved.

NOTES:

If your drawing is say 1: 1000 that would be the same a setting 1mm = 1000mm
But maybe you want to display metres which in that case you would change it to say 1mm = 1m. Note that you can choose an appropriate unit from the last dropdown.

Or if no scale is present but you know the real world dimensions between two points then you could measure between the known points on the drawing; making sure you are set at 1:1 first and then choosing an appropriate setting.

i.e. a wall being 10mm when measured in the PDF but is actually 10m in real worl units, then you would change it to say 10mm = 10m

BONUS:

Don't forget that these will change the scale units for the Area Tool and the Perimeter Tool (available in the top right when Measuring Tool is in use.


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thanks stephen that was great- the reader 11 has the measuring tool under the edit menu -analysis- the pro has it under view
can you place the measuring tool into the toolbar like the adobePro instead of going to the edit menu all the time


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I've had a good look and cannot see a way to either add it to the toolbar or invoke it with a keyboard shortcut. I'll ask in the general forum for you.

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Peter in Adobepro XI if you right click on the tool bar at the top of your screen and select edit current tool set you will get a popup window which you then go to the analyze tab, select the measuring tool, click on the button with the green circle with the + and upward pointing arrow and it will add it to your standard tools on the top of your screen.

I dont know if it works the same way in Reader 11 as I am working in Pro.

I am a builer as well...the measuring tool is awesome for doing quick takeoffs for areas.

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yes Ive im finding some great options eg red for ceiling m2 and blue for walls m2 another colour for skirting lineal m etc Ive even taken photos , imported as a pdf and scaled off using the scale ratio from a known length
would love to have the scale ratio box to be able to be detached like a palette and duplicated so I can have different scales on the side bar so i can just click and it changes to what I want without going back to the menu and changing all the time

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I'm glad you're finding the Measuring Tool and particularly the change scale ratio useful - it's a bit of a hidden gem.

In responce to your enquiry about adding the tool to the toolbar in Reader XI; I have asked in the main forum but the closest solution to opening the tool quicker is:

Alt + E + S + M

Thanks to George Johnson for his reply. My original post is here:

http://answers.acrobatusers.com/Adobe-Reader-XI-Can-Measuring-Tool-added-toolbar-keyboard-shortcut-q38235.aspx

If you have Acrobat Pro you can download a very useful Action from this site by following: Exchange > Actions Exchange (then going down the page to find 'Flatten Fields & Comments' by Rick Borstein.

In a nutshell, it allows you to render your dimensions and comments as a permanent and uneditable part of the PDF. When I say uneditable I mean it would become part of the document and any changes would require use of the editing features of Acrobat or some other workaround. Obviously you would not be able to edit the dimensions with the Measuring Tool so make sure you work on a copy.

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Just a note to add to my previous comment regarding the Flatten Fields & Comments action. You can experiment with you properties of the Measuring Tool to change the appearance of you dimensions e.g.


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