Created specifically for designers & developers, xScope is a powerful set of tools that are ideal for measuring, inspecting & testing on-screen graphics and layouts. xScope’s tools float above your desktop windows and can be accessed via a toolbar, menubar and/or hot keys.

The ten tools that will help you do your job faster and more accurately include:

• Mirror
- Remote Viewing – Easily view Photoshop, files or windows on your iOS device, AirPlay, or your wrist.
- Templates - Automatically shows icon or wallpaper mockup on iOS
- Chromeless UI – No overlaid chrome to get in the way while you work
- Security – Toggle user authentication requests on/off via Preferences
- Download the xScope Mirror App for iOS at

• Text - New!
- Powerful Search – For name or tag in any of the 100,000+ Unicode characters
- Decipher Text – Deciphers text entities, encodings, constants, and more!
- Convert Format – Output text as a string, entities, URL encoding, and more!
- Measure Glyphs – Shows line, character or web layout: including font metrics & CSS
- Character Palette – A handy place to collect commonly used Unicode characters

• Dimensions
- Find the dimensions of anything on screen instantly
- Find distance between objects quickly & easily
- Create screen shots of any measured element

• Rulers
- Powerful on-screen rulers for pixel measurements
- Two rulers with synchronization for easy on-screen comparison
- Hold down control to snap to edges of onscreen content
- Fully adjustable horizontal & vertical lengths
- Full 360 degree rotation range
- Displays deltas for rotated rulers

• Overlay - New!
- Enhances Your Web Browser – Attaches to window to make development easier
- Alignment Marks – Check positioning & distances in px/em/pt and percentages
- Mockup Image – A transparent design comp over your HTML and CSS code
- Grids with Breakpoints – Grid systems that stay in sync with your media queries
- Cycle Breakpoints – Quickly check your design at all sizes used in your CSS
- Full-page Screenshot – Get a picture of your whole web page
- Works with iOS Simulator – Great for testing in Safari or developing native apps

• Screens
- Easily see the usable real estate for any screen size
- Organized by platform including iOS, Android, Mac, Windows & TV
- Pre-defined screen templates or create your own
- Displays title and game safe areas for 4:3 and 16:9 aspect ratio TVs.
- Simulate user vision problems including color blindness & presbyopia (old age)
- De-retinizer to simulate normal display when using Retina display
- Define custom area settings for any OS or browser

• Loupe
- Magnify any portion of the screen under your mouse
- Displays color under your cursor in RGB, HSB, HEX, CSS3 rgb() & HTML
- Quick measurement of magnified image using Dimensions
- Reference color format: work with a hex color while viewing RGB format
- Collect a running list of color swatches with Shift-Cmd-C
- Save out or import .ACO color swatch files for easy reference
- Simulate user vision problems including color blindness & presbyopia (old age)
- Displays co-ordinates of mouse cursor for reference
- The content of the window or the mouse position can be locked

• Guides
- Vertical & horizontal guides that float on top of all else on the screen
- Displays guide position in pixels when placed
- Displays distance between guides in pixels
- Save & load guide positions for later reference
- Supports multiple monitors

• Frames
- Adjustable marker boxes float on top of the screen
- Hold down control to snap to edges of onscreen content
- Cmd-Shift-5 to shrink a selection around on screen content & create a frame
- Display preset grids to help compose frame layouts
- Create, move, duplicate & edit frames at will
- Save & load frame positions for later reference

• Crosshair
- Reports the coordinate position of the mouse cursor
- Change origin from the upper-left (design work) to lower-left (development work)

What's New

Version 4.3.1


• Full compatibility with macOS High Sierra
• The color palette in the Loupe now shows the selected color value at the bottom
- Makes it easy to compare with the value under cursor
- The color's text can be copied and pasted as needed
• Added a new control in Overlay alignment to account for browser scrollbar
• The Toolbar window is a lot easier to drag around now
• Improved the appearance of scrollbars


• Fixed problems with window shadows not appearing in Loupe and Screen tools
• Fixed an issue that could cause two Overlay windows to appear
• Fixed a display issue with px units while editing Overlay grids
• Fixed a problem restoring measurement types in Overlay

Ratings and Reviews

Broken on macOS Sierra


Dimensions and Loupe are buggy/broken (the only two tools I use). Looking at their twitter feed I’m not alone (@xscopeapp). I’m using the lastest versions of xScope/Sierra.

I’ve used xScope since they launched version 1 and have been a vocal advocate to anyone that would listen.

This broken release on Sierra has ruined my workflow for the last 2 months. I’ve reported the issue and have heard NOTHING back. Thus this review.

If this is ever fixed I will edit this review to the 5 stars the app deserved prior to macOS Seirra.

UPDATE: Dev has advised that xScope is now fixed. I have used for a few days and I can confirm it’s now working. I have updated my review from 1 star to 5 stars to reflect the app itself, not the 6 months it took to reply back to me.

Developer Response

xScope should be functioning well on Sierra. If you're still having problems please do write to us at and we'll do our best to get you up and running again. Thanks for using xScope.

The BEST there is


Do not be put off by the price or succumb to the cheaper ones. This product is really first class. I do a lot of educationional video type presentations for universities and colleges using Camtasia and being able to accurately scale and position is worth every penny and can save hours of time. It has loads of functionality that should cover just about everything you will need to do. Dont hesitate, just buy it, you wont be disappointed.


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