In Fireworks, I can hold shift to show the distance between two guides, is it possible to do so in Inkscape?

If not, what is the option left to position everything symmetrically?

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You can double-click on a guide to see its properties. There you can specify the absolute position, or a relative displacement.

Enabling guide-snapping, you may for example drop a new guide onto an existing one, double click and then move it by a precise amount.

You also have Path to guides (shift-G), which converts an object into the boundary guides.

Extensions -> custom -> custom guides may also help.

  • Is this custom guides extension the same as this one in github ?
    – rafael.js
    Sep 7, 2017 at 18:41
  • The inkscape-guide-tools you linked looks neat, and is not the one included in Inkscape.
    – Juancho
    Sep 7, 2017 at 19:09
  • Unfortunately, when I use inkscape-guide-tools to add centered guides to an object, it does nothing. And the extension you mentioned (custom guides) didn't come with my Inkscape installation (Windows 0.92.2). I'm still looking for a quick and productive way to measure distances with guides, add centered guides, etc.
    – rafael.js
    Sep 7, 2017 at 19:34
  • For now, I'll be doing what you initially said, placing one guide over the other, do the math and the relative displacement, until something faster comes out.
    – rafael.js
    Sep 8, 2017 at 12:54

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