It's unfortunate that QGIS does not allow the use of the Measure Line tool while activiely editing something with Add feature or Vertex tool. As soon as one of the latter tools are switched on the measured line disappears along with the measure window. In some cases however it is necessary to place a point or a line in a certain distance off another object. Therefore it would be handy to see the measured line while editing. Is there a workaround maybe or an alternative to the standard Measure Line tool or maybe any configuration which allows the Measure Line tool to stay open during editing?

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    I didn't believe you until I tested it. It wasn't like that in QGIS 2 was it? I seem to remember the lines remained visible until you closed the Measure window.
    – M Bain
    Sep 12, 2019 at 10:07

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When creating line objects the Advanced Digitizing window shows you distance (d), angle (a), x coordinate and y coordinate.

To use it, switch on both the Advanced Digitizing panel and toolbar and click the icon for 'Enable advanced digitizing tools' when you are editing

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  • Interesting Panel which I haven't used before. To make it a useful alternative to the measure line tool, can I configure the advanced digitizing to: - Angle indicator to have zero mark in North direction (not horizontal) - Distance given in Nautical Miles - snapping to common angles less than 5° Sep 13, 2019 at 6:59

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