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Measuring in Acrobat Pro X

Jan 11, 2011 6:00 AM

1. How do I set the scales and units for the document? This is not described in the Help.

 

2. After I've created a measurement, how do I edit the dimension text? For example, I want to change the color, font, and rotation of the text. How do I do that? What if I want to change the text itself, for example if I want to add parentheses around the dimension (example in mechanical reference dimensions).

 

This is the basic help link. It does not answer my questions above.

http://help.adobe.com/en_US/acrobat/pro/using/WS58a04a822e3e50102bd615 109794195ff-7f9d.w.html

 
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    Jan 11, 2011 6:38 AM   in reply to seth_r_kaufman

    The units and scale ratio for the 2D measurement tool are set by right-clicking the page once you have selected the measuring tool. The base unit for scaling is the physical dimension of the PDF page.

     

    Although you can add and edit a prefix for each measurement label, to edit the number and unit created by the measurement markup tools it is necessary to use a little chunk of JavaScript to add a new menu item. The tool itself is designed not to allow "faked" measurements, so people can trust what they see.

     
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    Jan 11, 2011 8:59 AM   in reply to seth_r_kaufman

    You can change the text style using a similar bit of JavaScript, by setting the .richContents property rather than the .contents property.

     

    Here's an example that reformats the label on selected measurement(s) and appends a warning on a new line underneath:

     

    var sAnnots = this.selectedAnnots;
    if (!sAnnots) app.alert("No measurements are selected")
    else {
      for (var i=0; i<sAnnots.length; i++) {
        var spans = new Array();
        spans[0] = new Object();
        spans[0].text = sAnnots[i].contents;
        spans[0].textColor = color.blue;
        spans[0].textSize = 12;
        spans[1] = new Object();
        spans[1].text = "\n(do not scale)";
        spans[1].textColor = color.red;
        spans[1].fontStyle = "italic";
        spans[1].alignment = "center";

            var nProps = { style: "S", richContents: spans};
            sAnnots[i].setProps(nProps);
      }
    }

     

    Text rotation isn't possible.

     
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    Aug 17, 2011 10:57 PM   in reply to Dave Merchant

    Dear Dave

     

    I wonder if you would tell me where the measuring tool may be found?  Adobe Australia helpdesk tells me that there's no measuring facility in Pro X and that I'll have to buy Illustrator to be able to carry out this (previously) very simple task.  I can't get any satisfaction from the tutorials.

     

    Jack Deshon

     
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  • George Johnson
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    Aug 18, 2011 1:22 AM   in reply to Jack Deshon

    It is present in Acrobat X, just select: Tools > Analyse > Measuring Tool

     

    If Analyse is missing, click the little icon/button in the upper right of the Tools pane and select it from the drop down list.

     
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    Aug 18, 2011 1:53 AM   in reply to George Johnson

    Thank You for this advice! works for me!

     
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    Aug 18, 2011 4:00 AM   in reply to George Johnson

    Dear George

     

    Many thanks.

     

    The carpenter's square then appears on the toolbar and is identified as "Measuring Tool".

     

    After opening the drawing to be measured, click on the icon.  "Snap Types" and "Measurement Types" appear in small panes.

     

    Apply to the drawing.  Right click to change the scale and complete the measurement.

     

    Jack

     
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    Aug 25, 2011 6:38 AM   in reply to seth_r_kaufman

    Was this issue ever resolved? I too want to change the font size of a measured dimension.

     
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    Aug 25, 2011 2:33 PM   in reply to Scott Fawaz

    Scott

     

    See my reply.  I can now use the tool to my satisfaction - identify the distance to be measured, adjust the scale ("ratio") to suit that of the drawing, complete the measurement, save the mark-up.

     

    Changing the font size of a measured dimension is another matter, and I haven't tried to do that.

     

    Good luck

     

    Jack

     
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    Aug 26, 2011 3:43 AM   in reply to Jack Deshon

    Jack,

    Thanks, main issue for me is still being able to change the font size of a measured dimension.

    scott

     
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