How to Use the Measurement Tools in Soda PDF?

You can use Soda PDF’s measurement tools to calculate the Distance, Perimeter, and Area of any shapes in your PDF.

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Click here if you need help calibrating the measurement tool.

 

Calculating Distance

  • Open the Comment Module
  • Choose the Distance tool.


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The mouse cursor will change and you can start measuring the distance.

  • Click to set the start point. 
  • Move your mouse cursor.

You will see a line appear along as you move the mouse cursor. The distance will update as the line changes length.


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  • Click again to place the endpoint. 
  • Move the mouse cursor to place your measurement in the best place.
  • Click again to lock it in place.


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Click again to calculate another distance.

You can also right-click after placing the first point to place the end-point and calculate in one step.

  • Click to place the starting point for the measurement. 
  • When the end-point is at the correct place, right-click.
  • Choose Complete.


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The measured distance will appear in the arrowed line and you can continue working on your file.

 

  • To duplicate a measurement, click a Duplicate button in the Tool Area or select a measurement and press CTRL+D.

 

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  • You can define the position of the duplicated measurement and the distance between measurements by clicking the Show more button.

 

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Calculating Perimeter

  • Open the Comment Module
  • Click on the arrow to expand the Distance section.
  • Choose the Perimeter tool.


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The mouse cursor will change and you can measure the perimeter.

  • Drag your mouse cursor over the perimeter of the shape. 
  • Click on each corner to mark it. As you drag the mouse further, it will use the last corner you clicked on as the new reference point.
  • Trace the outline of your shape.


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  • When you have traced the perimeter, right-click, and a menu will open. 
  • Choose Complete.


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Calculating the Area

  • Open the Comment Module
  • Click on the arrow to expand the Distance section.
  • Choose the Area tool.


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The mouse cursor will change informing you that you can measure the area.

  • Drag your mouse cursor over the perimeter of the shape. 
  • Click on each corner to mark it. As you drag the mouse further, it will use the last corner you clicked on as the new reference point. 
  • Trace the outline of your shape.


Because it is calculating the area, you will notice that moving the mouse cursor creates the outline of a shape, we recommend following the perimeter of the area you are measuring.


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  • When you have traced the perimeter, right-click, and a menu will open. 
  • Choose Complete.


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We have two additional modules. The OCR module allows you to recognize and edit text within any scanned document or image. We also have the E-Sign module that allows you to electronically sign PDFs and track and manage e-signatures in real-time. If those modules are not available for you, you can purchase them here.

 

       

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