Floating ruler for measuring and aligning 'things' within SnagIt.

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I looked up the word ruler in the suggestion list and found three hits with multiple replies, but it looks like the entire subject seems to be closed as of three years ago, so I couldn't bump it to show support for this feature.  I would only add that the rule shouldn't be placed in the  borders of the canvas as it is in Google Chrome's Inspection tool.  Instead, I should be able to place the ruler or rulers anywhere I want so that I can measure a graphic item's edge. tallest point, etc, or the distance between two items, even if the items are at a slant.  The lengths of the ruler should be adjustable, too.  The ruler/rulers should work with the zoom.  And the ruler's color should be adjustable, to include semi-transparent, so that it can be seen against the graphics, whatever color(s) is/are in the image under the ruler(s). 
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Interesting idea.  I have never encountered the need to measure a slant, although I can see where you are coming from, but I have always found it east to measure height or width by simply starting (and then abandoning) a new capture of the item I want to measure.

The height and width are given dynamically in pixels as the capture area is drawn.

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Yes, the height and width given by SnagIt are the whole image, which is fine, what I'm looking for is to be able to measure with in the whole image, say between a screenshot that contain multiple elements.  As it is, I have to figure out the start number and end number and then subtract the two numbers.  For a slanted measure it's more complex.  With a floating ruler, I just drop the ruler where I want the measurement to start, stretch the ruler to where I want to end the measurement. and then just read the distance.  Very straight forward, even for slanted measurements.  An improvement on this would be to show the horizontal and vertical rulers at the edge of the image, and when I take my slated measure drop lines to the horizontal and vertical rules, so now I know the distance between the two points on the slanted measure and the horizontal and vertical measures, and don't have to take three separate measures.
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To clarify, I meant doing a new capture of the existing capture