Measuring screen elementsMay 7, 2010
One tool I have in my digital toolbox is a screen ruler. I don’t use it often, but it’s just the handiest thing to have whenever I’m creating websites, measuring an image or other screen element, reviewing a user interface etc.
With a screen ruler, I can measure the size of anything on screen (e.g. the vertical distance between fields on a dialog box, the dimensions of a column of text or an image), or check the alignment of elements (e.g. whether those field boxes line up evenly on the left and right).
I discovered the screen ruler I use some years ago — I found it so useful, I purchased a license to use it. There are others available that are free. Each has slightly different features, so download and evaluate various ones to find one that’s right for you:
- Screen Ruler: http://microfox.com/ ($25; this is the one I use — I have it set to measure pixels most of the time)
- JR Screen Ruler: http://www.spadixbd.com/freetools/jruler.htm (free; Pro version is $19)
- A Ruler for Windows: http://www.arulerforwindows.com/ (free; they also have screen calipers)
[Links last checked May 2010]