Measuring Tool

Community Beginner ,
Jul 01, 2016 Jul 01, 2016

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Good morning to everyone -

I'm using 2015 Reader DC.

I've received a construction site plan PDF with a 1in=60ft scale on the drawing.  When using the Measuring Tool, the Scale Ratio is set to "1 in = 1 in".  When I measure the scale itself, the distance reads 0.8. 

What setting do I need to change to get accurate measurements on the PDF?

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Adobe Community Professional , Jul 01, 2016 Jul 01, 2016

In Acrobat DC:

Click on the Tools tab, and click on the purple Measure button.

Click Measuring Tool at the top of the document window and select the Measurement type.

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Right click the page > Change Scale Ratio:
Acrobat Pross_003.png

When you pick OK, you will see the updated scale ratio, as long as you still have the Measuring tool selected:

Drag to measure:

Acrobat Pross_005.png

EDIT: I realized how different the steps are for Acrobat DC and updated the blog below to reflect the DC workflow:

https://www.rockymountaintraining.com/adobe-acrobat-x-changing-the-measurement-scale/

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Jul 01, 2016 Jul 01, 2016

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I should mention that I changed the Scale Ratio to 1in=60ft and it didn't change anything.

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In Acrobat DC:

Click on the Tools tab, and click on the purple Measure button.

Click Measuring Tool at the top of the document window and select the Measurement type.

Acrobat Pross_004.png

Right click the page > Change Scale Ratio:
Acrobat Pross_003.png

When you pick OK, you will see the updated scale ratio, as long as you still have the Measuring tool selected:

Drag to measure:

Acrobat Pross_005.png

EDIT: I realized how different the steps are for Acrobat DC and updated the blog below to reflect the DC workflow:

https://www.rockymountaintraining.com/adobe-acrobat-x-changing-the-measurement-scale/

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Jul 01, 2016 Jul 01, 2016

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Thanks Barb.  I actually read your blog post before.  Here's a screen shot after changing the Scale Ratio. 

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Jul 01, 2016 Jul 01, 2016

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Hi Vincent: yours is still showing "Embedded Scale Ratio" which means it's using the scale that came from the CAD program. From the screen shot above, I see you have the measuring tool and type selected: but I don't see that you changed to the new ratio as per steps 5-7 on my blog post.

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Community Beginner ,
Jul 05, 2016 Jul 05, 2016

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Barb,

I re-opened the PDF file and tried again.  It's working now.  Thanks!

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Jul 05, 2016 Jul 05, 2016

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Maybe Acrobat needed the long weekend to pull itself together.

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Community Beginner ,
Jul 05, 2016 Jul 05, 2016

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Uh-oh...

Looks like I spoke too soon. 

I changed the scale ratio as so...

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Once I click in the drawing to measure, the Scale Ratio changes to...

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Thoughts?

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Jul 05, 2016 Jul 05, 2016

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Found it!

Uncheck the first box. 

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Jul 05, 2016 Jul 05, 2016

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Vincent: let's check your preferences:

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Mar 24, 2022 Mar 24, 2022

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Barb, I don't know if you can help me but I am doing everything your blog indicates to do but I can't get it to work. Please see screenshot below. I changed the scale ratio to 1 in = 20ft but when I measure the scale it shows the distance as 5.91ft not 20 as I was hoping for.

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Jul 16, 2020 Jul 16, 2020

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Hi there, 

 

I have unticked the first box. But still I can't measure. When I double click to complete the measuring, I can't actually finish measuring and receive an error message saying 'this point cannot be selected because it is the smae as the previous point. 

 

Any advice? Many thanks. 

 

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Vicent and Barb, you are both legends!

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