CamRuler for iOS review: More trouble than the app is worth

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CNET Editors' Rating

2 stars Mediocre
  • Overall: 4.3
  • Installation and Setup: 8.0
  • Features and Support: 6.0
  • Interface: 2.0
  • Performance: 3.0

Average User Rating

4 stars 1 user review
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The Good CamRuler for iOS gives you fairly accurate measurements when you use it just right.

The Bad Poor interface controls get infuriating quickly. The lack of a back button means that if you make further adjustments, you're going to need to start over.

The Bottom Line CamRuler can work if you're willing to put in a lot of time on each measurement, but the interface for sizing and measuring is almost comically infuriating, making the current $1.99 price tag sting.

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CamRuler is a measurement app that uses common real-world objects in a photo to measure other objects in the photo, but it's more trouble than it's worth.

When I first saw the app I thought it would be pretty useful -- people might be able to find the dimensions of their kitchen, for example, by taking a picture with a reference object. To be fair, when you can make it work, the app is quite accurate, but the interface keeps anything from being easy.

In my testing I tried a couple of objects within the app that have known measurements: a quarter coin and an 8.5x11 piece of paper. CamRuler has several objects you can use for reference in categories such as U.S. currency and standard paper sizes. You can also create and save reference objects of your own if you know their exact measurements.

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Where to Buy

CamRuler (iOS)

Part Number: id564341062

$1.99

Quick Specifications See All

  • Category Photography and image editing
  • Compatibility iOS
About The Author

Jason Parker has been at CNET for more than 13 years. He is the Senior Editor in charge iOS software and has become an expert reviewer of the software that runs on each new Apple device. He now spends most of his time covering Apple iOS releases and third-party apps.