To improve the situation, there should be a standalone measurement tool available for all WBs
The question is what content will/could it have? And this is what I want to discuss here.
- For daily work one needs to measure distances, angles and radiuses. It should furthermore provide the feature to calculate the length of edges, areas, center of mass and geometric center of faces and also volumetric info like center of mass of selected bodies.
- the tool should behave like the clipping panel - available for all WBs, you can move it around or dock it to where you like.
Personally I use the measurement tool of the Part WB daily in combination with the one from the Manipulator WB. Recently I discovered the measurement tool from the Assembly 4 WB and use this one now too.
Concerning the tool from the Part WB, last week I fixed the angle tool and realized that this tool will never become as powerful as necessary. Thus I would say the manipulator and the assembly 4 tool should be used as basis for the standalone measurement tool.
As a developer I am biased. But I have a new colleague coming from Solidworks. He is now learning FreeCAD and, surprise, surprise complained the second day that there is no tool to measure radiuses and lengths. I informed him about Manipulator, Assembly 4 and showed him how to use the tool from the Part WB and asked for a quick feedback. Here are the results:
- he likes with the manipulator tool that it stays open when switching to another WB
- he likes with the Assembly 4 its compact output with results provided as copyable text
- he wonders why be default the results appear in the tree despite one mostly just need the result and not more. (Note from me: I see that with the assembly 4 tool one can by pressing Cancel keep the tree clean after one is done.)
- if one decides to keep a measurement result in the tree, then it should be updateable. So if one e.g. later changes a radius the results in the model tree should be updated on demand (like the Part WB provides).
What is your opinion?
Do you agree that FC should get a standalone tool?
If so, what do you think it should provide?
What are the requirements for larger "parts" , meaning buildings?
EDIT: to clarify: the FC 0.19 development cycle should come to an end, so the outcome of this discussion should in my opinion be FC 0.20 stuff.
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