Color me old but I’ve been pushing pixels since before there was a Mac. Since the original graphic user interface of the mid-1980s I’ve tried and tested hundreds of Mac apps which push pixels; everything from Photoshop to Pixelmator, from GIMP to Fontographer (back in the days of PostScript fonts and original LaserWriter printer).
Here’s yet another tool that graphic designers and web developers can use to measure pixels. This set of utilities is cleverly named Pixel Tools and it combines a handful of the most convenient tools.
For example, there’s a floating loupe which tracks the onscreen pointer and magnifies any area of the Mac’s screen.
Big whoop, right? Color grabbing loupes are a dime a dozen these days, and often less. Pixel Tools can also measure the distance, in pixels, between any two points on the Mac’s screen (height, width, and line distance.
Color values are also captured in RGB or HSB. All the basic grabbing and pointing functions can be handled from the keyboard with shortcuts (some even when Pixel Tools is not the front most app, which helps to measure pixels within other apps).
Also unique is how Pixel Tools can be hidden out of the way, yet called to the screen in an instant. It even measure pixels underneath itself when it covers a part of the screen. Most measuring apps are useful on large screens with many pixels, but Pixel Tools is handy even on Mac notebooks with smaller screen resolution.
The app works well on Macs with multiple displays, spanning measurements across screens. It’s packed with a bunch of unique features not found in most graphic design or web developer apps. It’s well done, useful, usable, and just a few dollars. Pixel Tools isn’t a victim of feature creep, either. Email is not built-in (thank you, OS X Mavericks).