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Pixel Ruler

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Pixel Ruler is a free application that claims to allow you to use your mouse to dynamically measure pixels. With it, you can accurately measure selected onscreen views in pixels, which can help when configuring image formats, creating graphics, and scaling images. It shows measurements in pixels up to 2,500 pixels in width or 1,500 pixels in height.

After a painless download and a surprisingly detailed installation process, a horizontal ruler appeared on our screen. There's also a ruler for vertical measurement. The interface consists only of these rulers; there are no navigation buttons or other controls. We would have consulted a Help file, but alas, none exists. However, this tool is extremely easy to use. Pixel Ruler floats above the desktop and can be dragged and dropped anywhere on the screen. As we moved our cursor up and down the ruler, a tiny box displayed the measurement from the end point in pixels. Clicking or double-clicking the ruler switches between the horizontal and vertical views. Right-clicking a ruler closes the program.

This application installs and uninstalls cleanly. Pixel Ruler doesn't require personal information or registration, nor does it ask for a username or password. As far as pixel measurement goes, surely there is a better option.

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    • 2 star: 1
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  • 4.0 stars

    "Simple and Effective"

    March 6, 2014  |   By CRamirez_75

    Version: Pixel Ruler 4.0

    Pros

    Gets the job done.

    Cons

    Was slightly hard to get use to the controls.

    Summary

    A good option.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "CNET adds malware"

    November 3, 2013  |   By thedownloader333

    Version: Pixel Ruler 4.0

    Pros

    The Pixel Ruler app itself is awesome, works like a charm, I use it all the time.

    Cons

    CNET Download.com adds a layer of malware to your download. Even if you choose not to install any toolbars etc, you get it anyway. I wasted five hours of my life removing this. AVOID THIS SITE LIKE THE PLAGUE and download this from the publisher directly instead.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Small, simple and functional."

    August 27, 2013  |   By sharcs

    Version: Pixel Ruler 4.0

    Pros

    Like I said the title, it's small, simple and functional. It starts out fast and goes straight to ruler mode. When you're done with it, just right click it to close it, making for very pleasurable experience.

    Cons

    After using it a few times, a box comes up urging you to buy it. You can still use the ruler after you press continue, but this negate the speed and simplicity that I mentioned it earlier. To make matters worse, the guys who made it seem to have disapeared, so even if you wanted to buy it you cannot.

    Summary

    This is one of those few tools that I'm quite happy to pay for, but it seems like that is impossible. If someone know of a way I can unlock it please let me know.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Nice, clean, easy to use"

    January 12, 2012  |   By bowen192

    Version: Pixel Ruler 4.0

    Pros

    Quick, simple, clear, adjusts automatically

    Cons

    Not big enough for two screens, no 'real' measurements, Has a moving bar showing your position anywhere on the screen

    Summary

    Would be perfect if the rule spread over more than one screen

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Poorer than other free rulers"

    December 18, 2011  |   By Olivax

    Version: Pixel Ruler 4.0

    Pros

    Easy to use
    It works as designed
    Dedicated good quality install / uninstall wizard

    Cons

    No help file
    It takes 25M to run (against 6 for similar free rulers)
    No inch / cm unit of measure
    The ruler adjust its size even when the mouse is moved far to operate on underlaying window
    Other free rulers have more functions

    Summary

    Thank you to publishers to make available this tool, however his quality is well below similar products

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