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6 hours ago, iconoclast said:

Yes, even I didn't miss it yet, a measurement tool would be cool. In the meantime I would use the Rectangle Tool and the Transform Panel.

The rectangle tool and the transform panel offer no ability to measure a curve… that’s the whole point of this post. 

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5 hours ago, firstdefence said:

So basically bring a bit of CAD into the apps, it's a shame the likes of Hot Doors CADtools (Illustrator Add-on) can't be made to work in Affinity Designer.

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Yeah this kind of CAD ability would be a dream come true! Sob sob, maybe I should just go back to illustrator 😭😭😭

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What I had in mind was a simple A -> B or A -> B -> C -> D measuring tool. That should be easy enough to implement in the Affinity suite.

My buddy has an NCD cutter in his garage that follows a line with a blade or a milling tool to cut out complex forms, logos, etc. A specialized tool for a specialized use.

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8 hours ago, SamSteele said:

What I had in mind was a simple A -> B or A -> B -> C -> D measuring tool. That should be easy enough to implement in the Affinity suite

Sounds great to me. 
just click on 2 points/nodes and the tool will tell you the distance of the line between them, regardless of the line shape being straight or curved. 

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+1 for a measuring/tape measure tool.  I use the measure tool in my 5 year old Corel Draw package along with tape measure tool in Sketchup all the time for home design projects.  I just bought Designer primarily for it's Isometric grid features, but also so I can share and update my drawings on my iPad as well as my PC.  I've just been measuring the kitchen cabinets and designing a new island, but having to manually draw lines and use the text tool to manually type in lengths of combined panels I've drawn is a pain, even a simple measure tool that locks to object handles and adjusts as objects are moved and resized would be great, let alone being able to measure the length of curves.

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On 7/8/2021 at 2:04 PM, ra.skill said:

Hi @SamSteele

I use Affinity for many different uses, from technical drawing, graphics, laser cutting through to pattern drafting for fashion garments...

Pattern drafting for fashion garments is the use that I particularly need a measurement tool for, as I need to measure the length of 1 curved line and match it to the length of another curved line (see image attached).

In illustrator there is a documents info window that shows you the length of any line no matter what its shape (see image).

I really wish Affinity would bring this option... it's a very simple tool but essential, plus I think affinity has the ability to bring this info in a more user friendly way that Ai's ugly, hidden window pane.

 

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I use the soiftware for the same reason.  I am a knitter and need this deperately,  Affinity is my designing preffered tool, dut for what i see i will have do switch to CAD (not my thing, too expensive).

Affinity developers, don’t you monitor these forums?

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4 hours ago, TomT said:

Affinity developers, don’t you monitor these forums?

The developers monitor the Feature Requests & Feedback forums, not the Questions one. Of course, if you browse through those forums, you will see there are far more feature requests than they could add to the apps without bloating both the size & cost of the apps greatly.

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On 7/8/2021 at 1:04 PM, ra.skill said:

Hi @@SamSteele

I use Affinity for many different uses, from technical drawing, graphics, laser cutting through to pattern drafting for fashion garments...

Pattern drafting for fashion garments is the use that I particularly need a measurement tool for, as I need to measure the length of 1 curved line and match it to the length of another curved line (see image attached).

In illustrator there is a documents info window that shows you the length of any line no matter what its shape (see image).

I really wish Affinity would bring this option... it's a very simple tool but essential, plus I think affinity has the ability to bring this info in a more user friendly way that Ai's ugly, hidden window pane.

 

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Hello @ra.skill Have you tried Valentina for pattern making?  It is specifically built for pattern making professionals and is Open source.

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I recently watched an Affinity Designer video in which a measuring tool was being used, as you will see, but I can't find it anywhere and the YouTuber didn't say. Has anyone any idea?

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14 minutes ago, GRH said:

I recently watched an Affinity Designer video in which a measuring tool was being used, as you will see, but I can't find it anywhere and the YouTuber didn't say. Has anyone any idea?

It is not obvious what is happening there. Make your new node on the the line by clicking with the node tool. Now start to drag the node, the distances should show up when you start to drag the new node.

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1 hour ago, Old Bruce said:

It is not obvious what is happening there. Make your new node on the the line by clicking with the node tool. Now start to drag the node, the distances should show up when you start to drag the new node.

Thanks Bruce, though I still can't get any distances to show, the nodes slide along left or right but no measurement showing up. I'm wondering if this is a Windows only feature - I'm working on a Mac.

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Just now, GRH said:

 I'm working on a Mac.

As am I.

Three steps

1: Use the Node tool to add a new node to the line.

2: Use the Node tool and click on that newly added node, keep holding the node.

3: Start to move the node, the numbers should show up.

I am on Mac OS 11.6.5 Here are the snapping preferences I currently have set for Designer.

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9 minutes ago, Old Bruce said:

Three steps

1: Use the Node tool to add a new node to the line.

2: Use the Node tool and click on that newly added node, keep holding the node.

3: Start to move the node, the numbers should show up.

They don't, for me, on Windows.

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16 minutes ago, Old Bruce said:

1: Use the Node tool to add a new node to the line.

You don't need to do that

In the context toolbar for the Node Tool, ensure in the Snap: options the first one is selected (Align to nodes of selective curves)

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Try with this Snap setting enabled as well

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Note that the video uses a horizontal line and that is what I use as well. Doesn't work with curved lines either.

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2 minutes ago, carl123 said:

You don't need to do that

In the context toolbar for the Node Tool, ensure in the Snap: option the first one is selected (Align to nodes of selective curves)

Thanks Carl123, works a treat now; thanks also Bruce - we got there in the end.

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A tape measure tool that would show the length of a curved or variously curving line would be so nice to have. If only I had a computer, I could calculate it very quickly. Let's see: if the radius is this, and the angle of the segment is this, the distance along the circumference should be...........

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