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 4.3.3


• Improved compatibility with macOS Mojave Dark Mode
• Prompts for macOS Automation Privacy are now more obvious
• Crosshair now defaults to auto-contrast being enabled
• Relieve frustration in Crosshairs is now less violent


• The Overlay now attaches to the browser window correctly on macOS Mojave
• Fixed a bug caused the toolbar to be positioned incorrectly at first launch
• Changed hot key defaults so they don't conflict with macOS Mojave
• Fixed problem with hot keys not creating Guides and Frames when tools aren't on

Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
9 Ratings
9 Ratings
Bikrrr ,

Nice set of tools but expensive

Overall xScope is well done and offers some useful tools for designers. But $50 is a bit steep for what you get. While it includes 10 different tools, many are being incorporated into modern design apps. The one tool I use regularly, rulers, doesn’t let you measure below 9 pixels. Hard to pay this price for a utility when full-featured design apps like Affinity Designer only costs $40.

troutbum61 ,

Super-handy app for designers.

xScope is simply a great app for designers, photographers, or anyone else doing pixel-perfect work. Like a good color-picker (and one is included in xScope's Loupe tool), having a utility to measure dimensions is vital for people working in graphics, or at least it is to me. Now instead of exporting and switching to Photoshop to get dimensions, I just use xScope, which has been running quietly in the corner of my iMac since I purchased it. So much cool stuff here. Worth every penny. (And for just 199 more pennies you can get the xScope Mirror app for iOS to preview graphics in real time on your iOS device or Apple Watch. I don't even do iOS development and bought it just to play around.)

Do make sure though to read the note about Retina displays that Iconfactory provides, since that obvioulsy complicates measuring pixels. xScope still works perfectly, but you may need to change a preference depending on your usage.

fivekan ,


Update: The new version, 4.1, fixes most of the bugs that were present in the initial release, plus it fixes the "guide not being present in the loupe” regression from the previous version. There are however still a couple of bugs: guides are now 2 pixels wide on Retina screens, while in previous version they were 1 pixel wide. I still prefer 3.0 because it feels more solid and reliable compared to this version. I’ll keep using 3.0 until the 4.2 update.

This version has bugs and reduced functionalty, that I’ve reported, that haven’t been fixed since the release. The response I got was "just use the old version." If I should use the old version they why did I pay for it?


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