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07-10-2012 10:24 PM

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Several years ago I switched from Adobe Reader for PDF files to using Foxit PDF reader. For me, it is faster and seems to use less resources on my computer. It also had a couple of features that were handy that were not in Adobe, but although I use it a lot I never really explored all the menus or anything.

Recently Foxit was updated to a new version with a sort of ribbon across the top. While I was using it to view some non-woodworking stuff, the “Draw” menu was somehow open and I noticed it had some interesting tools. Aside from the pencil and other drawing tools I knew about, I saw it had set of measuring tools. These are distance, perimeter and area. After playing with these “new” tools (they may have always been there and I hadn’t seen them) it occurred to me that they might be handy when viewing PDF woodworking plans.

I found that the program allows the user to set a scale (such as 1 inch equals 1 foot or whatever is needed) and then perform the measurement. It worked very well, and I was able to measure several distances that were not specified on the plan I was viewing.

I just thought I would pass this along. I usually don’t build from other people’s plans, but I do enjoy looking at plans that I find on line, and if you actually are building from a plan it seems to me this could be a very handy tool to have.

Just as a disclaimer, I haven’t looked at Adobe Reader in a loooong time so these tools may be in it also.

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