By Empoc, LLC
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Colors makes picking a color from your screen an easy point and click process.
With Colors running it is constantly tracking your mouse pointer and registers the pixel color that your mouse is currently over. If you like a color, just click and Colors will freeze the color and pop up a context menu where you can choose if you want to copy the web color, UIColor or NSColor and also gives you the option to turn the Click To Copy context menu off.
This is the app to get if you are a developer or web designer as well as a graphics artist because it really does make life simpler.
What's New in Version 1.1
Supports New Color Formats
iOS UIColor RGB
iOS UIColor HSB
OS X NSColor RGB
OS X NSColor HSB
Even Easier to Use
Colors now runs in the background seamlessly along side OS X. When you need to grab a color, press Command + Shift + 5. This brings up the color loupe. Click on the color you want, this brings up the Context menu. Pick a color format and then paste.
Only 3 Steps...
1. Command + Shift + 5
2. Select Color Format
3. Paste Color
Performance has also been increased.
Simple to use, easy UI, could use some improvements
The initial launch dialog is a good thing to see. Just some simple instructions and you're off. I love the design of the loupe, and the ease of use is quite good.
However, there could be some improvements made (I tested v1.1 on Lion):
• Performance seems to suffer when moving the loupe quickly over a large area. It's fine for a second, and then the mouse seems to freeze for a while. Would be nice to see that fixed.
• The loupe does not update in real-time. If the image behind the loupe changes without moving the mouse, the color doesn't change. Perhaps implementing a timer-based update would be ideal. It might even help fix the performance issue above
• The Preferences window doesn't appear to use a native UI, and the contents are confusing at first. It took me a while to figure out that the values displayed were the last picked color.
This app is a fantastic little utility. For me, it ranks in line with Jumpcut (for copying and pasting text) -- a perfect little tool that sits in the menu bar, does exactly what you want it to do, and feels like a native utility, or what *should* be a native utility.
I probably wouldn't have bought it if DigitalColor Picker in Lion worked the way it did before, but at only $2, Colors is well worth the purchase.
There are only a few little improvements I can think of. One, being able to dismiss the selector by hitting the esc key would be nice. Two, displaying the value being copied in the buttons you click to copy the color. Three, the selector seems to stall sometimes right after invocation.
Otherwise, it's awesome.
Doesn't work in Lion or with multiple monitors.
So, since Lion's native digital color meter will no longer give you hex values (I still don't understand why they took that out) I wanted something I could quickly grab colors with and was excited about having an app with a nice keyboard shortcut right next to the screen cap shortcuts… I really should have read the reviews first, because while this app has a sweet, built-in keyboard shortcut, that's literally the only thing about it that works.
The loupe preview seems to range from 20 to 300 pixels below where it displays on the screen, and no matter where it is when you click, the only value it returns is #FFFFFF.
I bought Hues at the same time as I bought this, and I would recommend using Hues instead, and simply assigning it the keyboard shortcut you want.