My Mac has a few dozen web and graphic designers tools. Some are expensive and I’d like to replace them with a less expensive alternative, but still get used everyday (Adobe Fireworks, I’m looking at you).
In between are apps like Pixel Tools, more of a tool set than a simple pixel ruler.
Among the long list of features in Pixel Tools is the much needed magnification function. Wherever the Mac’s mouse pointer goes, the 1x to 64x pixel magnifier goes, too.
Of course, it measures the distance between two points on the Mac’s screen (in pixels– height, width, and straight lines), and gives the X and Y coordinates. That’s handy for use with graphic images.
Whatever pixel color is under the Mac’s mouse pointer can be saved as an RGB or HSB numerical value. Plus, every feature has a keyboard shortcut so your hand never has to leave to hit the mouse to get Pixel Tools to work.
What’s cool about this is that the keyboard shortcuts can be setup to be global, which means that Pixel Tools doesn’t have to be the front most app for functions to work.
The main window can also be set to stay in the front (or not) and always on top. The Pixel Tools window can be reduced in size yet retain full functionality.
This is a nicely done and remarkably inexpensive app. What’s missing is a trial version to try-before-you-buy, but at $2.99 it’s within my threshold of pain to try anyway.