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Ruler thickness tool broken in 2.8 beta
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Description

System Information
Operating system: Windows 10
Graphics card: NVidia GTX 960m

Blender Version
Broken: example: 2.80, git.4ef09cf937f2, blender2.8, 2019-2-2

As described by the tool tip, holding shift should measure thickness. But whether clicked or not, thickness is never measured.

Steps to reproduce:
Be sure left-mouse select is enabled.
Default scene
Click the measure tool
Shift-click on the side of the cube.

Details

Type
Bug

Event Timeline

William Reynish (billreynish) triaged this task as Confirmed, Medium priority.

Also cannot get this to work.

Campbell Barton (campbellbarton) closed this task as Invalid.EditedFeb 4 2019, 12:29 AM

We could change behavior, but this isn't a bug. Edited tooltip. rBa6f045de3fad180c4010b7b3d0a7b0db28c36886

This comment was removed by Joe Larson (3DProfessor).

I encourage you to reconsider simply writing out this functionality. It was a core function of the tool in 2.79 and very useful for analyzing imported meshes.

This is how it works:

  • Ctrl while dragging to snap
  • Shift while dragging to measure surface thickness.

Confirmed that for existing rulers, you can grab an endpoint of them and create this behavior. This is a departure from 2.79 behavior which, in this case, might be considered more intuitive.

Recommend either implementing the creation of a new measuring tool on a shift+click (2.79 behavior), creating a measuring tool object in the default scene located at 1,0,0 to -1,0,0 to avoid future confusion.

The tool could be made more obvious by adding tool settings to switch between distances and thicknesses. That sounds like a good improvement.

@Campbell Barton (campbellbarton): something to keep in mind when you go back to working on the tools?