The shareware makers at
have released Aquaruler v.4.0. The screen measuring utility for designers and programmers is now native for Mac OS X.
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The tool measures in a variety of units. It sports rulers that reside on the top and left edges of your monitor. The “edge” ruler — which can show the value of the ruler position and/or have a dotted line represent the ruler position — can be hidden with the click of a mouse. It’s semi-transparent, so it won’t obstruct what you can see on the screen.
When the edge ruler isn’t precise enough, you can use the drag ruler, which can be dragged around the screen and has an optional vertical ruler attached to it. It has buttons to move it one pixel in any direction. You can also set the transparency of the drag ruler.
Aquaruler’s semi-transparent measure box lets you measure rectangular objects for correct sizing quickly and easily. Additionally, the measure box measures diagonally from the bottom left corner to the top right corner, meaning you can make point-to-point measurements. The tool’s screen lines — of which there are four — can also be used for measuring distances.
For Web designers, Aquaruler’s resolution box provides a viewing window to help you ascertain that your Web site displays at the proper resolution. The utility has a zoom feature that magnifies the area around the mouse cursor; its magnification and viewing area can be changed.
Version 4.0 is completely rewritten from the ground up and has changed in all aspects from previous versions, according to Tommy Pavlicek, president of dot software. The cost is US$11.