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Request for more functionality on the Tape Measure Tool

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Request for more functionality on the Tape Measure Tool red5hark 3/9/12 1:55 PM
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I would like to see the use of the Tape Measure Tool extended to include a concurrent running total of length, ie. being able to measure not just from A-B but A-B-C-D and sum the totals of measurement.

red5
Re: Request for more functionality on the Tape Measure Tool Gaieus 3/10/12 5:53 AM
Until such a feature is added (which, honestly, I doubt tht will happen), you can select all those edges (hold down the Shift key to add to the selection) and the Entity info box will tell you the summed up, total length of the selected edges.

Re: Request for more functionality on the Tape Measure Tool Aerilius* 3/10/12 6:07 AM
Selecting the edges is currently not possible if they are in different groups/components. For such special purposes, a plugin would be appropriate.

In your case there is also the difficulty that the components are not really aligned to each other (there are gaps; some components intersect). You could use the line tool to draw a temporary line, then double click it to select, look at the entity info and then delete it again. That is only a double-click and a key press more than such a feature would have.

Re: Request for more functionality on the Tape Measure Tool red5hark 3/13/12 4:36 AM
@Gaieus - yes a duplicate topic since I asked if it was possible before moving it to a feature suggestion.

@Aerilius - drawing another line just to measure a line seems like a road to madness and tedium, I've drawn the line once why should I have to draw it again just to get a measurement? 


What I was kinda hoping for  was just an addition to the tool that is basically already there ie measurement of length, lets say by pressing ALT to sum the totals etc. I agree it would be good as an add-on, but think Google could add this functionality with out much fuss. I'm sure other people would benefit from such an addition, especially if they do as much proto-typing as I do.

Red 
Re: Request for more functionality on the Tape Measure Tool Aerilius* 3/13/12 5:01 AM
drawing another line just to measure a line seems like a road to madness
That's more or less what you already do when you use the tape measure. Instead of creating a line entity, the tape measure displays an OpenGL line, with the same mouse clicks and mouse movements. I see that it doesn't look like a nice solution, but it probably can serve the purpose.
Re: Request for more functionality on the Tape Measure Tool red5hark 3/13/12 9:04 AM
So if we follow that logic then we can do away with the Tape Measurement tool altogether because all we have to do is draw a line for anything we would like to measure and look at the entity details.

red.
Re: Request for more functionality on the Tape Measure Tool wo3dan 3/15/12 2:51 AM
From reading your request + the suggestions/answers and from reading the other thread I strongly get the impression that you would rather have the total blocks (groups) lengths, at least in the case presented here. Is this correct?
 
Although there (FAIK) is no way now to add up point (or intersection) to point (or intersection) measures by holding down a modifier key, you could use the 'Query' tool to notice edge lengths even inside (nested) groups and (nested) components. This saves you the trouble of multiple clicking with the 'Measurements' tool. Though you still have to write the measures down to calculate the totall length.
 
But drawing lines in a separate group-environment isn't such a bad idea. A mistake is easy to correct. (not with adding up by the 'Measurements' tool). Once you have drawn the desired edges (just a bit more work than continues clicking the 'Measutements' tool with risk of mistakes), you can select all edges inside that separate groups context by [Ctrl] [A]. The edges don't even have to be a continues line.
SU will do the calculation for you.
 
Say if there were such an add (and subtract!!!) feature with the 'Measure' tool, wouldn't you think it's risky method, with no feedback on what you have actually included in the "totall length"? Visible edges do give you that feedback. The separate group is deleted again by just two clicks.
 
I'm not trying to be (and hope I am not) in the way of developers team members. I'm sure they'll read and make up their own mind about your feature request.
 
 
Re: Request for more functionality on the Tape Measure Tool red5hark 3/16/12 3:31 AM
Hello,

I would like a measurement tool that sums up the total length of anything that 'I' wish to measure and put said total and/or running total thereof in the little box at the bottom of the screen, this would be in addition to the Measurement tool options that are already there in the current version of SU, so a modifier key would be prudent for such an action.

"Say if there were such an add (and subtract!!!) feature with the 'Measure' tool, wouldn't you think it's risky method, with no feedback on what you have actually included in the "totall length"? Visible edges do give you that feedback. The separate group is deleted again by just two clicks"

Unsure what you mean by 'risky', SU gives you perfectly legible feedback upon clicking points, faces, intersections etc, therefore a point to point measurement is no risk at all, and summing up these measurements should not be a cause for concern.

Cheers for all the feedback though ty all ;)

Red
Re: Request for more functionality on the Tape Measure Tool wkearney99 4/1/12 12:38 PM
But what would be more tedious, adding that to the tape measure tool for the rare times it'd be needed, or just drawing a temporary line?

What's the use-case for needing that kind of measurement?  Perhaps there's a better way to approach the problem.
Re: Request for more functionality on the Tape Measure Tool red5hark 4/8/12 6:11 AM
@wkearney99

Did you actually read the other posts on this before you posted? As this would explain what I needed (with pictures!) and why I would like it as a feature REQUEST.

Yes it would be more tedious to keep drawing lines, than someone to code this in ONCE or as it has been suggested make an small addon for the functionality.

Red.
Re: Request for more functionality on the Tape Measure Tool DCEMaine 5/7/12 6:24 PM
I would like to see this functionality as well.  Ironically, this is available within the Google suite of tools.  Google Earth gives you this option (I use it all the time to see how far I walked or ran, etc).  Seems like a port would do it, although as a programmer I understand that that is an obnoxiously oversimplified request..  Point being, though, that it is always nice when there is consistency among apps within the same realm/suite/product/system.  i.e.  Ctl-c, Ctl-v universality (I know that's a bit too broad, but you get my drift)  So I would reiterate my concurrence for this request.

I have another measure tool request.  That is to make the results of a measurement available (via cut/paste, whatever) for further computations/input.  I will suggest this in a separate post, but thought I'd drop it in here for interest.

Don