Step 1 – Measure is bundled with iPadOS on iPads powerful enough to run it. Tap Measure to open it. You’re asked to move your iPad around so it can get a feel for the space you’re in. When the virtual box disappears, Measure is ready to use.
Step 2 – Move your iPad towards the object you want to size up. When Measure recognises a straight line, a white circle with a dot appears. Move the iPad so the dot hovers at one end of what you’re measuring, then tap the + button on the screen.
Step 3 – Slowly move your iPad along the edge of the item you’re measuring. A virtual tape measure should follow your movements. When you reach the other end of what you’re measuring, tap the onscreen + button again to indicate this is the endpoint.
Step 4 – At this point you may wish to tap the Shutter button to screenshot what you’ve just measured. As with other snaps you take on your iPad, photos captured in Measure are saved to your Photo Roll. Annotate them before they save to Photos if you wish.
Step 5 – To add more endpoints to the item you’re currently measuring, move your iPad to the next point, tap + again, and then move the iPad back to the last measured point and tap +. You should now have two linked lines, each with their lengths listed.
Step 6 – Measure’s markers can shift as you manoeuvre your iPad to line up each point. If so, tap the back arrow to undo the last measurement or Clear to start again. You get a prompt to ‘Move your iPad to resume’ if you pause while using the app.
Measuring Regular Shapes
No doubt some objects you measure will be square or oblong. Measure can automatically recognise some such regular shapes, particularly screens. When it does, a yellow mask appears in the rough vicinity of the shape it recognised, and an extra ‘Add a rectangle’ option appears beneath the + button. Tap this and then line up the iPad accurately to calculate the fixed area.
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