10 Replies Latest reply: Aug 26, 2011 3:43 AM by Scott Fawaz RSS

    Measuring in Acrobat Pro X

    seth_r_kaufman Community Member

      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/WS58a04a822e3e50102bd615109794195ff-7f9d.w.h tml

        • 1. Re: Measuring in Acrobat Pro X
          Dave Merchant CommunityMVP

          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.

          • 2. Re: Measuring in Acrobat Pro X
            seth_r_kaufman Community Member

            Thank you for your response. What about changing font, color, rotation, and text size of the dimension?

            • 3. Re: Measuring in Acrobat Pro X
              Dave Merchant CommunityMVP

              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.

              • 4. Re: Measuring in Acrobat Pro X
                Jack Deshon Community Member

                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

                • 5. Re: Measuring in Acrobat Pro X
                  George_Johnson CommunityMVP

                  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.

                  • 6. Re: Measuring in Acrobat Pro X
                    Ma-ik Community Member

                    Thank You for this advice! works for me!

                    • 7. Re: Measuring in Acrobat Pro X
                      Jack Deshon Community Member

                      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

                      • 8. Re: Measuring in Acrobat Pro X
                        Scott Fawaz Community Member

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

                        • 9. Re: Measuring in Acrobat Pro X
                          Jack Deshon Community Member

                          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

                          • 10. Re: Measuring in Acrobat Pro X
                            Scott Fawaz Community Member

                            Jack,

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

                            scott