For many objects, the distance fields in quick property boxes and settings dialogs display a ruler icon to the far right when you hover with the mouse over the field, or when the field is in focus:
This is the Measure and Apply tool which could prove helpful in use cases such as:
- Matching the length of one wall to another without needing to copy and paste values in the quick properties or the Wall Settings dialog.
- Matching and fixing floor section distances for imported AutoCAD drawings.
- Setting default values of distance fields to an exact measurement of another object in the drawing area.
Its functionality is similar to using the Ruler icon in the 2D or 3D toolbar to get a quick measurement, but with the additional feature of applying the measured distance.
To describe how this tool is used, we will match the length of a new wall to that of an existing wall. To do so, follow these steps:
- Make sure to have a wall in the drawing area, wall A.
- With the Wall component selected, click once to set the starting point for wall B.
- Move the cursor to the ruler icon in the quick properties box, or use the Ctrl + M keyboard shortcut, to start the measure tool. A circle is now attached to the cursor.
- Move the circle to one end of wall A and click.
- Move the circle to the other end of wall A and click:
- The length of wall A is applied to wall B.
- If a field has an allowed distance interval, the tool is aware of that. Measuring distances outside of the allowed interval will result in the text color of the measured distance turning red, with the nearest acceptable value in brackets below.
- Showing the ruler icon is on by default, but you can turn it off by deselecting the Show ruler button in distance field checkbox in the Control Panel's General tab.
- The Ctrl + M keyboard shortcut will still work on fields that are in focus, even if the ruler icon does not show.