Hardly a day goes by that I don’t check on an app that could replace an app that I’m using on my Mac today. If what I’m using now works well and does the job, why bother to look around for a replacement. I once heard it said that ‘Nothing improves without change.’ So, I have favorites, but I look for options that might be better.
This week I came across Color Picker, one of about a dozen Mac color pickers actually named Color Picker. What’s the claim to fame? The distinction with this Color Picker is that there’s really no distinction.
That thought sent me to the Mac App Store where I entered the search term ‘color picker.’ The result surprised me. Despite a number of color pickers named Color Picker, the first five on the list of search results were not color pickers at all. They were screen capture apps.
ColorSnapper, one of my favorites, came in at #6, and ColorSchemer Studio, another favorite, came in at #10 in the search results page. Changing the sort to Relevance instead of popularity brought the color pickers (and the Color Pickers) back to the top.
Most of the bona fide color pickers range in price from free to 99-cents, sometimes $2.99, but seldom more. I like Color Shades but it hasn’t been updated in nearly two years and weighs in at a whopping $15.99.
It’s hard not to like the even more expensive ColorSchemer Studio which handles color palettes, color wheels, and pulls color palettes from photos.
Changing the search to customer ratings brings Frank DeLoupe nearer to the top. This clever color picker dispenses with palette captures and lets power users hit the keyboard instead.
My favorite and the one to beat is ColorSnapper which has a good loupe and stores recently picked colors in one of 14 different color formats, and it works great on multiple displays.
There’s also an option to adjust the magnifying loupe with a slider bar.
Also indispensable is the ColorChooser app which brings the built-in and third party color pickers to the Mac’s Menubar.