another quick video:
[EDIT] actually, some of the methods i showed in that video are overkill.. i could of just used the perp snap to set the lines horizontal :oops: ... regardless, i think my my wish is to just click between any two points and have rhino give a dimension which will read parallel to that line (hence the rectangle idea) [/EDIT]
so that said, i should probably point out that i don't use rhino in my work in the same way many others probably do..
i design then build the stuff i design and a computer is with me throughout the project.. preplanning/design phases then onsite as well being used as the construction documents.. point being, i don't ever really have to dimension a drawing in the same way a straight architect would need to for presentation/communication..
my current method of bringing numbers to the crew from my model is using the line tool, clicking the first point then setting the second point at the desired location (i don't click the 2nd pt).. i'll note the length at the bottom right of the window then write it on a piece of paper or scrap lumber to hand out to the crew.. then press esc to exit the line tool..
it works just fine but maybe a little less than optimal because i have to get a dimension then write it then repeat whereas if i could use a 3D dimension tool somewhat like i'm outlining here, i could get all my dimensions at once then write them as a separate step.. and i'll be able to remember if i already pulled a number because the dimensions graphic will remind for me.. (and even more optimal than that would be sending the dimensioned drawing to an ipad then hand the ipad to the cutman so i don't have to write things down. but that's another topic )
i do realize there are going to be a lot of situations that i haven't considered which will throw a wrench in the idea of a 'fast w/little to no options' 3D dimension tool and some speed compromises may have to be made in order accommodate more situations but regardless, it's reassuring to see you all are actively thinking about this stuff because it would definitely be a welcomed capability