Seldom do all-in-one, jack-of-all-trades, Swiss Army Knife tools live up to the hype. As far as color tools go, most of us have a few; color pickers, color wheels, color palettes. Few of them are all-in-one color tools, and one of the most popular in many years simply hasn’t been updated in recent years.
That brings me to Colors PRO.
This Mac utility is a color picker, combined with a color scheme tool, with color palette management, which makes it mostly all-in-one, though a bit different than my previous favorite, ColorSchemer Studio (which hasn’t been updated in years).
What you get are most of the color tools you’ll need to use, regardless of which app you use, yet available from within any Mac app. The three basics are a color picker, a color scheme tool, and color palette management.
The color picker tool works much the same way every color picker works. Zoom into a pixel to select the color, then make the color code available in RGB, HEX, CMYK, HSB, etc– 20 different color codes. It’s fast, easy to use, but only the tip of the Colors PRO iceberg.
Also built into the app is an option to analyze the colors in a photo or image, giving you an accurate color scheme.
Colors PRO also lets you manage colors and color palettes from the same drop down menu.
It comes with plenty of import and export options, too– perfect to help you manage color palettes created from other graphic design apps, or simply to export as needed. Colors PRO can export as Adobe Swatch Exchange, and even import ColorSchemer Studio XML files.
As a good Mac app citizen, Colors PRO also comes with a trial option to try-before-you-buy. If you remember the popular Tangerine or worry about the future of ColorSchemer Studio, it’s good to know there’s still an all-in-one color management tool available. While I appreciate the try-before-you-buy option, I noticed that Colors PRO was not available on the U.S. Mac App Store, and there’s a similar but lower price version simply entitled Colors which has fewer features, though not clearly differentiated by the developer.