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Building the Inspect Measurement Engine

Not too long ago I had the opportunity to construct a measurement system inside of Inspect that depicts and calculates the distances between two layers. In-between each layer, a line is drawn with a label that displays the distance. Supporting lines are added to the nearest edges of the hovered layer to help give the user an idea where the measurement lines reach.

In this article, I’ll explain some of my ideas and how I managed to take a fairly complex problem, break it down, and deliver something of value to an end user. I hope by you reading through this article; you’ll have a better understanding of how to dissect a problem you may be encountering. I know when I was handed the ticket to implement this functionality, it was intimidating.