When I hold down Ctrl in Photoshop it displays spacing information between the layer that I have selected and other nearby layers.
Does Adobe Illustrator a similar function to this?
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I'm not aware of anything identical (would be great if there is though), but you can achieve something equivalent by:
intersects with the other object. This snaps to the intersect so the distance between the edges is exactly 0. Drop it there.
dX:) and Y axis (
dY:). Since the objects were exactly touching when you started moving them (distance was 0), this will equal the objects' new distance.
Be aware that, unlike Photoshop,
pixel align is optional in Illustrator so with it disabled you might see things moved 14.42px for example.
As of now, there is still no feature to get the spacing in illustrator.
You can also convert the measurements panel into actual text (clicking on the down arrow of the box) - (then to a vector shape if necessary Ctrl+Shift+O) which can help if you're sharing the file with someone who doesn't have the plugin.
One method, easier than the Measure tool which doesn't snap to paths or anchors, is to use the Line Tool \ instead.
Enable Smart Guides, draw a line while holding down Shift to constrain it horizontally or vertically, and its width or height will show in the tool options along the top. Then Undo Ctrl+Z to remove it.
Obviously this will only work for horizontal or vertical measurements.