To say that my Mac is loaded up with too many apps is to say that members of Congress have difficulty agreeing on anything. Duh.
Graphic tools on the Mac are definitely not a dime a dozen, but if they were I’d have a few hundred more than any other kid in the neighborhood. The latest is Frank DeLoupe. DeLoupe. As in loupe. The little floating magnifying glass that grabs pixel colors from your Mac’s screen.
It’s not that I don’t have enough such apps. It’s that every year a clever developer hones, polishes, and improves on last year’s model. That’s Frank DeLoupe.
All the standard pixel color grabbing features are already there, plus one that’s more difficult to find. It’s an 8x loupe, so the magnifying glass is large enough to see the pixels, even on a large screen iMac or a MacBook Pro with Retina display.
Frank DeLoupe lives in the Menubar so it’s merely a mouse click away from use. Or, use a system wide hotkey to bring it to the front. It handles CSS, NSColor, CGColor, and even UIColor.
And Frank DeLoupe is fat. It’s the fattest Menubar eyedropper ever. Click to pick either a foreground or background color.
What’s so special about this one that makes it worthy vs. the few dozen other Mac screen loupes?
Frank DeLoupe also drops color values right into Photoshop CS.x It talks to Photoshop using the Adobe Remote Connections function (CS5 and above). That means you can use Frank DeLoupe anywhere on the Mac’s screen and it copies and stores color values, and drops them into Photoshop with a click.
Picking colors of your screen cannot be easier, and not much less expensive (99-cents). As nicely done as this color picker is, it really needs access to a palette of colors. Otherwise, totally worthy.