Real world scales

Asked by PerryW on 2008-01-04

Hi folks,

Although I'm an Inkscape newbie, I have searched this forum and the online docs for a reference but haven't turned anything up. So here goes with a first question.

I'm trying to duplicate a common task in CorelDraw and Visio - space planning. I want to use Inkscape as a planning tool for an agricultural society to plan and print show layouts. Typically a tent or show ring will be up to 150mtrs x 80mtrs with a range of pen sizes to be arranged inside. Easy in the software I'm used to - I just create an A4 drawing and set a suitable scale which then appears on rulers and object properties. I can't see any way to do this in Inkscape - Am I missing the blindingly obvious?


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Best Bryce Harrington (bryce) said : #1

Hi PerryW,

Inkscape does not have a scale feature currently.

However, I also use Inkscape for doing scale drawings of woodworking and landscaping designs. The "workaround" I use is to turn on the grid and then establish my own scale mentally. E.g., 10 grid units to 1 meter. I'll also often draw a "ruler" to help in measuring since there is not a dimension measurement tool supported in Inkscape yet.

There are several feature requests related to this, you might be interested in looking at or commenting on:

171976 Scale by Factor
171488 User-defined coordinate system
171494 Measurement tools
171951 Measure Area of irregular shapes

PerryW (perry-wheeler) said : #2

Thanks, I thought that was the case, just wanted to be sure.

pioneerich (pioneerich) said : #3

I also need to CHANGE the ruler scale for many jobs.

Ryan Lerch (ryanlerch) said : #4

Your question seems a bit unclear...

The units of measure for a document can be changed in File>Document Prefs

hope this helps.

thanks to all!