On-screen Ruler v2.4.0.167

billon on 21 Aug 2019

On-screen Ruler is a semi-transparent on-screen ruler to help you lay out GUIs and Web pages or measure anything on your screen. It supports units in centimeters, inches or pixels. In addition to using the mouse, you can keyboard shortcuts to move the ruler around the screen.

Runs on:Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes
License: Freeware
How to extract:
  1. Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice
  2. Delete curl.exe, dummy.html, license.txt and unnecessary locales
  3. Launch Ruler.exe
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Werner 2019-08-21 02:44

Download link does not work anymore, web site has been removed. Obviously not abandoned. Last version available on the Wayback Machine: https://web.archive.org/web/20160519231138/http://onscreenruler.nfshost.com/WinRulerPortable.zip


gordon451 2014-06-25 06:48

Hi - I've been looking for a successor to the legendary Cool Ruler from FabSoft, which won't run on W7. Really, I need something that sits horizontally and vertically, measures in pixels, mouse/touchpad grab and move, AND allows me to put as many custom marks as I need.

Is this possible?

It's the last bit which is so frustrating. I've found ONE only which allows me to put ONE custom mark. I am getting quite frustrated that so many authors think I need all kinds of fancy goodies--but if I want a protractor or set-square, I will search one out! And it better have custom marks :[

I don't need colour pickers, magnifiers, diagonal placement, skins & etc. Even the "stay on top" is not truly necessary.



Nicamati 2014-05-14 18:01

Thanks JK. Great ruler for preparing basic scale drawings in MS Word etc. for DIY projects. I especially like the calibration facility, as I prefer to draw at a size that fits the screen space rather than be constrained to a fixed ruler measurement, so this is perfect for that. (Looked at PMeter, but it didn't seem to suit my purpose at all; nor did various others that were either too limited, irritating or had time limits.) :-)


boogoo 2011-02-10 08:28

@ap: Pmeter is just what I was looking for: a portable pixel ruler and color picker in one. @jk try simplifying the options box, maybe remove the upper banner?

tauf 2010-09-27 13:45

I hadbeen looking for this kind of solution for ages when I stumbled upon this prog. It really makes me feel like working on a "true" desktop with long table and a straight edge.

webbie1 2010-05-13 16:51

Love it - fast, uncluttered, easy to use and maneuver

Dan 2010-04-24 17:24

Great update. Simple with a lot of utility that the other rulers lack - thanks

PeterM 2010-03-21 23:20

Yes, program should be reduced in size, though to 2 files: the EXE and an INI file. At present I don't see much advantage
over JR Screen ruler which I use and is a 160K sized exe.

jk 2010-01-02 18:09

@dianoga: i will look into why it is calling home when auto update is disabled - can't immediately figure it out. the next version will be a single file, much smaller - i forgot to set compiler flags to do this the last time.

dianoga 2009-12-25 05:50

Horrible update. Version 1.x was heaps better and only required a single file. Even if you disable automatic update at startup, this new 2.1 version still insists on calling home on each run of the program. If you deny it in your firewall it will hang! Looking for another ruler now.

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