PixelStick is a tool for measuring distances, angles and colors on the screen. PhotoShop has distance, angle and color tools but they only work in PhotoShop. PixelStick works in any app and anywhere on screen anytime and costs a hundred times less.

PixelStick is a professional measuring tool used by:
* Designers - for graphic, architecture, interior, space, marine, and aeronautical.
* Software Developers - for graphics, layout and user interface.
* Navigation/Cartographers - for maps or all kinds.
* Medical Technicians - for X-rays, ECG, EKG, and microscopy.
* Biologists - for microscopy and morphology.
* CSI Technicians - for crime scene investigations.
* Manufacturing - for design and fabrication.
* Physicists and Astronomers - for all kinds of measurements.
* Engineering - for mechanical, electrical and civil engineering.
* Builders - for measuring existing buildings or blueprints.
* Education - for students, teachers and researchers.
* Photographers
* Meterology - for weather mapping and science.
...anyone who needs to measure objects on the Mac.

Anyone can use PixelStick because its easy to use, simple and fast.

Modern measuring for:
* Retina, regular displays and multiple monitors.
* Mac OS 10.6 - 10.8 +
* Any app and between apps.

PixelStick is a measuring tool you can pinch and stretch to measure anything on your screen.

Use the loupe to magnify anything on screen.

Use the eyedropper to copy colors that are anywhere on your monitor in 4 formats (CSS, RGB, RGB hex, HTML) to the clipboard for use in any app.

Its like an onscreen virtual ruler that you can use vertically, horizontally and at any angle to measure distances, angles and much more just by dragging. Using the palette one can lock distances and angles (also by using the shift key).

Supports scaling for Google Maps, Yahoo Maps, Photoshop and Customized scaling options.

What’s New

Version 2.15.0

- fix for 0's displaying for location of circle and square in pixelstick panel for some people. this occurred if in the system preferences:mission control the item "Displays have separate Spaces" was unchecked. this was, as you can imagine, difficult to discover. we apologize for the delay. this version solves that. the sys pref can now be set either way. you don't need to change any settings.

a major upgrade is still on the way.

Ratings and Reviews

4.3 out of 5
3 Ratings
3 Ratings
Sevikha ,

Regular user

I use the app very often, mostly for graphics design together with Affinity Designer, Affinity Photo. And it’s very helpfull for me in instances when perfect proportionate size, alignment, distance are not automatically (with snap function) achievable in complex situations without an additional tool such as PixelStick.

dsimcox ,

Very useful!

This inexpensive app is very useful for me. I am able to use it to accurately measure features on a product image. For example, I use SnagIt to copy an image of a product and enlarge it. Then I determine the length or width of the product in inches from the product description. Next I use PixelStick to measure the known dimension in pixels, and calculate the custom scale factor by dividing the width in inches by the number of pixels. This factor is entered into the Zoom box on PixelStick, and I change the Unit measure to “in”. Now everything I measure on the image is scaled by that zoom factor, and I can directly read the measurements in inches. This app is simple to use and never in the way. It’s simply an overlay for the screen, and its visibility can be toggled with Cmd + H.

I wish I could get it to work when my browser is in full screen mode, but I haven’t figured that out. But by taking a screenshot using SnagIt, I can work around this limitation.

Rush Head ,

PixelStick onscreen ruler vs. all the others

Seriously, if you need/have the use for an onscreen ruler this would be the one you want to seriously consider. Besides being relatively inexpensive for an application, the functions don't compare to the other Mac onscreen rulers out there. I have tried all of them, too. $15-$45 gets you a ruler that you can't read, the user interface is so bad you can't find the actual measurement, some rulers don't float on top (what the hell's the point of that??), some are too much eyecandy like trying to look like a plastic grade school ruler again, that you can't read the measurements. All a waste of time and money.
PixelStick is the real deal - easy and straightforward-to-use interface for realzy. Just download it and compare to the others - it's a no-brainer.


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3.6 MB

OS X 10.8 or later, 64-bit processor



Age Rating
Rated 4+
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