Iconico's Screen Calipers Tool for Website Design

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Friday, April 21, 2006

Iconico's Screen Calipers Tool for Website DesignHave you ever found yourself in need of an onscreen tape measure-like tool? For most graphic and website designers, this is an all too common occurrence. Designers need tools that can measure spaces and/or graphic elements directly from their screens. If you've yet to find such a tool, I'm happy to introduce you to Screen Calipers.

Iconico's Screen Calipers Tool for Website Design

When designing a website, or a graphic for a website, have you ever found yourself in need of an onscreen tape measure-like tool? For most graphic and website designers, this is an all too common occurrence. Designers need tools that can measure spaces and/or graphic elements directly from their screens, and report back in points, pixels, and other degrees of measurement. If you've yet to find such a tool, I'm happy to introduce you to Screen Calipers.

Screen Calipers is a screen-sizing tool that was created for graphic and website design use. This tool was developed by Iconico - an online design company known for their ability to create premium tools and services - and can size up spaces and graphics that appear on screen, similar to that of a tape-measure in the real world.

Iconico's Screen Calipers Tool for Website Design

My Thoughts

I absolutely love this tool! I've personally tested many screen-sizing tools in the past, but have yet to find one that offers as much Screen Calipers, with regards to design, usability, and accuracy. Screen Calipers can be used with any program - Internet browser, WYSIWYG graphics editor, etc. - as it is programmed to float over all applications allowing for quick and easy measurements.

Most of the time, I use this tool to measure how long or wide a specific section is on a website so that when I go to place a graphic I know exactly which size to scale it to. For example, if I wanted to embed a graphic into this blog's right navigation scheme, I could use Screen Calipers to determine that the maximum width allowed without breaking my design is 330 pixels. Therefore, I can plan accordingly.

My absolute favorite element that Screen Calipers offers is the ability to measure not just in inches or centimeters, but in pixels, points, picas, and twips. In fact, another feature is the option to create a custom unit of measurement. For example, let's say that your company measures onscreen elements using a paper click - holding and moving a paper clip across the screen. While I would argue that this isn't the best approach for measuring onscreen graphics, who am I to judge. Screen Calipers would allow you to program your settings so that the tool measures distance in "paper clips". No more holding a paper click up to you computer screen.

I 100% endorse this tool. Give it a try!

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2 Comments:

  1. Hey Karl -

    Nice article and awesome tool - I agree!!

    Another day, another blog post, but maybe you can give your secret about the nifty color picker utility too! :)
    By Anonymous Kelly Wilson on April 22, 2006
  2. Hey Karl... This tool is SWEET!!! Great find! :) Thanx!
    By Anonymous Anonymous on April 22, 2006

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