Dolf Veenvliet is using crowdsourcing to fund the porting of the Blender Caliper script from Blender 2.49 to 2.63. He needs a minimum of € 1.000, but more funds will enable him to add some extra goodies and extend the support. Dolf has a great reputation in the Blender community, so I've chosen to back him with this.
A new Caliper is coming!
The Blender Caliper script is a tool that lets you measure distances inside Blender 3D in real world values. Not only that but it also creates clean renderable objects to show the measurements. This way architects & designers for instance can show renders of their products and designs to customers including measurements that are meaningful, and that everyone can understand.
Ever since Blender 2.5 came out I have been receiving a couple of e-mails every month asking me whether I would create a new version of the Caliper python script/addon for the current Blender version. I think that Blender has stabilised enough for me to do so now!
I will start by creating a completely fresh script for the Caliper as a proper Blender 3D addon (or module). This addon will incorporate the basic Caliper functionality of creating an object which displays the distance between 2 points in Blender’s 3d space and can be rendered. Then this functionality can be expanded with more detailed measurements and live updating. Finally I propose to maintain the system for future Blender versions.
All the code will be released under a GPL license, and published on-line during the project.
Disclaimer: no promises of free drinks or other bribes have been made to facilitate this post. Unfortunately.