Monday, February 19, 2007

Measure Your Thing with "Measure It"

Do you need to measure your thing? I'm talking about the thing on your screen, not...Never mind. You blog, you have a web site, so you need to measure things. Often when I want to add a widget to my sidebar, I need to decide how big it should be to fit properly within the confines of the space available. To do that, I need to know the dimensions of that space, usually in pixels. Should I use 180x240? Or 336x280? What about 250x250? It can be a quandary. What about when you need to crop a picture so that it blends well with its surroundings? Again, the need to measure things rears its head to stare you in the face and say, "Well?" Up till now, I was left to the embarrassing fallback of trial and error. No one should have to do that.

So now I give you the answer. It's called Measure It, and it's a FireFox (or Flock) extension. The ruler icon sits on your status bar. Simply click it, move your pointer to the top left corner of the object you need to measure, and drag it to the bottom left corner. A ruler appears, along with the numbers that represent the dimensions of the object. Problem solved. You're welcome.