I have a laser bed that people send me vector art to cut out. I charge by the inch and need a way to quickly select all of the vector artwork and get a total distance of all the paths.

Are there any software or plugins that can do that? I have Illustrator CC.

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would this work for you? open Document Info Panel, select Objects. Right at the top you'll see the length of the selection.

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    I compaired the illustrator distance and multiplied it by the laser speed to get time ( distance X speed / 60 seconds) and compaired it to the actual run time of artwork. IT WAS THE SAME!!!! It's such an easy answer, thank you soooo much
    – Apetersen
    Commented Oct 29, 2015 at 16:08
  • @Apetersen: Make sure you are testing a mix of documents from simple to complex. Your test sample might be the best case.
    – Yorik
    Commented Oct 29, 2015 at 16:32
  • I certainly did! The math transfers the real life application perfectly.
    – Apetersen
    Commented Oct 29, 2015 at 20:23

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