Tuesday Dec 04, 2007

ScreenMetrics tool

Here is a simple (whacky) desktop utility to measure distances on your screen:

Screen Metric

You can drag the thin vertical and horizontal lines, horizontally and vertically respectively to measure distance between them which is displayed in the toolbar like gadgets. The format is max marker location - min marker location = distance. The location and distance values are continuously updated as you drag the lines. You can use the spinner controls to increment or decrement the location of minimum or maximum markers. You can directly type the location value also.You can move the toolbar gadgets around by dragging on the left or right edge of the toolbars.

This is not a NetBeans Module. It is a Desktop utility. It was built using NetBeans of course :)

To run:

Download ScreenMetrics.jar and type:

> java -jar ScreenMetrics.jar

Hacking: 

ScreenMetrics.zip contains the NetBeans project.

TODO:

  • Show the distance value in other units e.g. inches, cms, picas?, em?
  • Show the area
  • Handle multiple monitor scenarios correctly
  • ability to show and hide
  • Precise control on moving using spinners - Done

DISCLAIMER: This module is tool. So no guarantees. Use the module at your own risk.

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