I use the Mac screenshot utility a lot, but have never thought of using it as a ruler. I’ve always used a browser extension to measure pixels on the screen. If you’re not using this utility, you initiate it by pressing
command + shift + 4 on your keyboard.
I learned a few other tricks from the thread. Once you start dragging your mouse to create the rectangle:
shift to lock in an axis as you continue sizing the area.
space to move the rectangle to a new location.
Do you have any other tips?
Hitachi had a big booth at Maker Faire Detroit and was giving out these awesome pens. I may have walked by a couple of extra times throughout the day. 😉
I’d never seen anything like these. Some Googling found several variations. Some had a full length ruler instead of the knurled grip seen here. You can get one for $8-10 on Amazon. A bulk supplier, selling a version almost identical to this, has the pens listed for than $2 if you’re ordering a bunch. The features of all of the versions were common:
- Ruler (inches and centimeters)
- Stylus (use with a touch screen)
- Phillips screwdriver
- Flathead screwdriver
Since I got 3 of the pens, I put one in my car, one at my hobby desk, and one at my garage workbench.
Clean email forwards before sending them on.