On-Screen Ruler Alternatives

    On-Screen Ruler is described as 'On-screen Ruler is a lightweight, free, semi-transparent ruler to measure portions of the screen. It has a lot of features (and related keys shortcuts) and several language translations are available too'. There are more than 25 alternatives to On-Screen Ruler for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Mac, Linux, Online / Web-based and Android. The best alternative is PicPick. It's not free, so if you're looking for a free alternative, you could try Meazure or Bluegrams Screen Ruler. Other great apps like On-Screen Ruler are PMeter (Free), Pixus (Free, Open Source), PixelStick (Paid) and Measure Schmeasure (Free Personal).

    This page was last updated Aug 11, 2018

    1. PicPick is an all-in-one software for software developers, graphic designers and home user. It has an intuitive interface and simple, elegant operation. After starting the software, you simply select one of the tool from the PicPick Tools trayicon menu when you want.
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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Windows
      What are the dimensions of that image? How big is this window? Does this layout fit on an NTSC display? What color are these pixels? What does this icon look like close up? How can I capture an arbitrary portion of the screen?


    2. A lightweight and configurable ruler tool for Windows Desktop. Measure the size of elements on the screen in pixels, centimeters, inches and points. Move and resize precisely using the mouse or the keyboard and add custom marking lines.
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      • FreeProprietary
      • Windows
      PMeter is a very handy pixel meter. There are plenty of desktop rulers around, but it's hard to find a good one, which is free. PMeter is a simple to use desktop ruler allowing to switch between 3 user configurations easily.
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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      Pixus is an AIR pixel ruler application, a handy tool for web and interface designers. It has a lot of features: 1) Measure the screen objects in pixels using both mouse and keyboard control. 2) Preview your design with skins and presets. 3) Multi-screen support.

      Discontinued

      The program is no longer updated. Last version, 1.0 R78, released in August 2009, can be still downloaded from Google Code.

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      • Mac
      PixelStick is a tool for measuring distances and angles on the screen. Excellent for designers or anyone who wants to measure a distance on their screen in any window or application.
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      • Free PersonalProprietary
      • Windows
      Measure Schmeasure is a simple screen ruler for measuring the width or height between pixels in any application. Just load it up and measure away.
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      • Windows
      Simple way to measure the distance between two points on your screen. Get the exact location and size of an element on a web page. Measure in pixels, centimeters, millimeters, points, inches or your own units.
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    3. JR Screen Ruler, also known as JRuler - Free virtual ruler for your computer screen. This Screen Ruler is a great tool that allows you to accurately measure anything on your screen. This is especially useful when measuring graphics, web page browser sizes or whatever.
      • Free PersonalProprietary
      • Windows
      A simple ruler for your desktop Virtual ruler cm is a lightweight and easy to use application that will place a simple ruler on your desktop. You can use it to measure window dimensions in centimeters or milimeters, but also other items, such as banners or pictures.
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