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Freeware Screen Ruler

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Because I could not find a screen ruler that did exactly what I wanted (and for fun of playing with Adobe Air) I wrote my own. And of course I felt like sharing it with the community, so here is the download:

bjornsons screen ruler (500KB Air Application)

I built in some options that I felt were quite useful:

  • option to set the background alpha: so now you can place the ruler on top of your screen or next to the object to be measured, just the way you like
  • option to set the background color: in combination with the alpha you can always make your ruler appear in contrast to the measured object without distracting too much
  • resising by dragging the corners: you can easily resize the ruler simply by dragging any corner in the desired direction
  • hide to dock: hide the ruler to the docking station by choosing “hide” from the menu or simply clicking ESC on your keyboard
  • move/resize single pixels: you can move the ruler with the arrow keys on your keyboard, and resize it with the arrow keys while holding down STRG (or the equivalent for your system)

But as we all know, a picture says a lot more than a few words, and a few pictures… well you get what i mean, so here are some screenshots of the tool:

Written by bjornson

June 9th, 2010 at 7:11 pm