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Measure distance between guides ala fireworks

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I was looking for an answer to this as well so resurrecting this post as there were no replies.


I also love the feature in Fireworks as well measuring the distance between the guides by pressing "shift".


Is there some standard way of doing this if Affinity Designer?


Would be really interested how others are measuring the distance between guides.

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Hi dazzyweb,

Welcome to Affinity Forums :)

Currently there's no specific tool/feature to measure things other than using the Transform panel. I believe this will be addressed in a future version.

What i usually do as a workaround is drawing a small red rectangle and use it to measure the distance between guides/objects etc. It displays and info box on the top right corner while you stretch it on canvas.

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While not quite the same thing, if you are not yet familiar with the Guides Manager (in the View menu), you may find it useful for a few things. Among other things, you can enter values in any units the app supports, toggle the display of guide positions between the current document units & % of canvas size, or clear all the guides at once.


It supports a limited range of math expressions but unfortunately not the relational ones so you can't enter something like "h-5." And like some other numeric entry fields in Affinity, a new entry is not automatically selected so you have to double-click on one to change it. A small thing but one that wastes time.

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