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A screen ruler that works OK.


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#1 Bone Idol

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Posted 10 December 2010 - 11:04 PM

Hi all.

I couldn't find the software thread, so I've put this in here.

I've been looking for a screen ruler that shows the measurements on the screen as accurate.

I've tried a few, and every one of them fails the test when I place my own ruler against the screen ruler. For instance - a measurement of 5 centimeters on the screen ruler shows as approx 4 cms on my real ruler.

Any suggestions?

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#2 Martel

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Posted 10 December 2010 - 11:42 PM

Shot in the dark here

What about changing screen resolution?

#3 Bone Idol

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Posted 10 December 2010 - 11:59 PM

Thanks, Martel - I thought of that, but it can't be what everyone else is doing.

What surprises me is that I haven't found anyone on Google having this problem, and the screen ruler pages make no mention of it.

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Update: Problem solved. Downloaded 'Reglo 3.5' ... and custom scaled it to 80%

Now I'm looking for a free version! :)

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Further update: It's crap.

Sorry, Martel, but this Reglo screen ruler disappears from my mspaint window whenever I left-click my mouse. It remains showing on desktop - but not where I want it to be so I can draw lines etc to real measurement.

Edited by Bone Idol, 11 December 2010 - 12:54 AM.


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Posted 11 December 2010 - 10:15 PM

I'd expect a screen ruler to be showing the measurements to print - the only way to get the same actual dimensions on screen is to have the screen DPI set so the screen image size measures the same as the print area. Could this be the cause of the problem?

For example, if you display an A4 page at native 1280x1024 resolution on a 17" LCD monitor, then on a 19", the measured size of the A4 screen image will change between the two displays. If you change the scaling of the screen ruler between them to compensate and alter the image to suit that meaurement, one image will be the wrong dimensions. Because the size of the actual A4 area hasn't changed, the ruler also can't change and still be accurate in both cases.

In other words, the ruler is showing the true dimensions. If you want that to be the same size on the screen, it's the screen that has to alter to match, or else the ruler will just be lying about the size.

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Posted 11 December 2010 - 10:45 PM

I am inclined to agree with Platypus on the printout and screen.
I use Paint.Net (Freeware)

I opened and turned on the ruler and with the UI maximized the ruler was off by like an eight of an inch.


So I restored down. Posted Image


Then while holding my rule up dragged the program size on the screen till it matched the ruler.

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Posted 11 December 2010 - 11:30 PM

I've solved the 'real length' problem by tweaking the cyber-ruler down to 80% of its initial size on the screen.

The problem has been that it won't stay open on my mspaint graphic window. One click and it's gone.

I've gone back to using mspaint's own measurements utility: Image > Attributes > etc.

Thanks guys.

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Posted 11 December 2010 - 11:41 PM

Get Paint.Net

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Posted 13 December 2010 - 03:17 PM

Get Paint.Net


I had Paint.Net installed for a few months but finally gave it up when I just couldn't work out how everything works on it.

Thanks anyway!

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Posted 13 December 2010 - 05:17 PM

They have a forum under the help pull down menu.

And I will be glad to help if I can.

If I can't I will find out from the forum

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Posted 14 December 2010 - 05:31 AM

They have a forum under the help pull down menu.

And I will be glad to help if I can.

If I can't I will find out from the forum



Thanks Martel, but I'm doing pretty well with mspaint. I'm able to make good CD case labels, etc. That's mostly what I use it for. I also use it to compose pages of information (etc) ready for printing.

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Posted 15 December 2010 - 01:17 AM

Have you tried using MS Paint and clicking atributes and using, cm, W-1 L-1,
coloring it black, then posting it to a larger white one at a time, line them up where, 1box=1cm, two boxes=2cm etc. ?

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Posted 15 December 2010 - 05:21 AM

Have you tried using MS Paint and clicking atributes and using, cm, W-1 L-1,
coloring it black, then posting it to a larger white one at a time, line them up where, 1box=1cm, two boxes=2cm etc. ?


Yes Jove - I'm back doing the measurements this way as I used to do before I thought I'd try out the cyber 'screen ruler'.

'Ruler by George' was working ok for awhile until it went out of shape.




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