In Inkscape, is there a way to automatically calculate the space / area a shape occupies? I am representing data in complex shapes and I need a way to scale them accordingly.

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To automatically obtain the area of a shape in pixel, cm and so on simply select the shape, go to Extensions > Visualise Path > Measure Path ... and select the desired output. It does not work for objects though (for example rectangles drawn with the Create rectangles and squares tool). Convert them to paths before (Path > Object to Path).

  • The indications are all good, but nothing happens either with Length, Area, or Center of Mass. I have Inkscape 0.91. Nov 3, 2018 at 17:43
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    It works for me on Inkscape 0.92.3. However, it does not appear to support anything other than regular paths. For example, I was not able to get results for an entire group, but it worked for individual paths once I ungrouped them.
    – cxw
    Apr 3, 2019 at 11:56
  • Just great. Thank a lot +1. I was calculating rooms surfaces in an office plane and that made the task a piece of cake. Jan 31 at 18:44

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