The Mac Tool Every Graphic Designer, Developer, And Digital Artist Must Have

There must be a reason why I haven’t reviewed xScope but I can’t think of anything legitimate other than neglect or oversight. I don’t know a single graphic designer who uses a Mac and does not use xScope. For what it does, there’s nothing better.

What does xScope do?

Actually, xScope is really eight tools bound up in a small floating palette which you can move anywhere on the Mac’s screen. Or, use xScope as a Menubar icon tool for one-click access.

xScope Tools

What about the tools. One by one, here’s what you get with a click:

Dimensions – xScope finds the dimensions of any object on the screen, or the distance between objects, and any element you measure can be captured as a screenshot.

Rulers – Everyone needs to measure pixels and xScope makes it easy to capture objects, grab horizontal and vertical lengths, and even does a 360-degree rotation range.

Screens – This is an odd one, but interestingly usable. It displays the usable real estate for any screen size? Any? iOS, Android, Mac, Windows, televisions. And, it has the option to simulate user vision problems for color blindness and presbyopia.

Loupe – No Mac graphic design tool is worth much without a magnifying loupe. xScope can magnify any portion of the Mac’s screen, grab the color directly under the screen cursor, collect and keep a list of color swatches (and simulates user vision problems).

Guides – Most Mac graphic design tools provide some kind of vertical and horizontal guides, but view can use the entire screen and work on multiple displays.

Crosshair – These are obviously needed but useful on granular work at the pixel level, and especially needed on very large displays or Macs with multiple displays. The xScope Crosshair tool displays the screen cursor’s pixel coordinates instantly, but any point on the screen can be setup as the origin.

Frames – These are adjustable market boxes with float on top of the Mac’s screen. Frames can be created using keyboard shortcuts to select around an object on the screen to create a frame of specific proportions.

Mirror – This option requires the xScope Mirror app for iOS, but lets you view the contents of any Mac Desktop on your iPhone or iPad. The Mac window can be moved and then locked, and it’s chromeless so no extra pixels are in the way.

Some Mac graphic design apps may have two, three or even four of these tools, but all are a click away in xScope. Highly recommended, worthy of the price tag, and the average rating is almost five stars out of hundreds.