There is something about working on the web that requires a veritable toolbox of apps. It’s not a literal tool box, but a collection of apps that do similar work. No graphic designer uses a single graphic app. No programmer uses a single editor. We collect tools.
Collect Another Color Picker
Many Mac graphic apps have their own color picker. Mac OS X has a color picker. They all work in a similar manner, giving you a magnifier so you can detect a single pixel on screen, and then give you choices for the color format.
ColorSnapper is another color tool for your graphics app toolbox. They’re a dime a dozen, right? Similar, yes. But good ones, the ones you keep in the toolbox, have a few features that are unique.
The basics are there. A keyboard shortcut to bring the magnifier to screen. Options for different color formats (including HEX, RGBa, HSLa, NSColor, UIColor (RGB/HSB), and more), a history of recent color captures, and it works on Macs with multiple displays.
My favorite feature works well on larger screens– the lens magnification is adjustable. Hey. Pixels are small.
Otherwise, it’s another pixel grabber that snaps the value of a pixel and remembers it. What I’d like to see in such an app is a captured palette of frequently used colors (rather than just a history list) that could be swapped in and out.
It’s hard to beat ColorSnapper’s price, but it’s Mac App Store only with no-try-before-you-buy option, a growing trend in MAS that I don’t like.