My Mac collects low cost or free utilities to make my digital life easier, faster, more efficient.
Keeping track of colors is sometimes worse than keeping track of URLs or email addresses. Where do you put colors?
Every Mac application seems to treat colors differently, though the Color Picker gives you enough choices.
For web sites, vector graphics, bit map graphics, and anything with color, I keep a few Mac color utilities handy and updated.
Color Schemes is one of many. Simple, elegant, plenty of features, always available, and priced the way you expect from something on Alexis’ Low End List.
One person’s color is another person’s bad taste, so Color Schemes helps you keep your color tastes in check.
Think of it as a color wheel without the wheel; a utility to help those of us with color challenges to apply simple and accurate schemes without knowing what we’re doing.
$35 will get you Color Consultant Pro which actually has a wheel and does everything known to man in mixing and matching colors.
will get you Color Schemes. This is the kind I add to my collections. Many stars, low price.
Color Schemes lets you put together up to 28 color schemes, each scheme with up to three colors.
What’s cool is the ability to store the color schemes; another handy way of keeping track of those odd color numbers no one really understand but easily forgets.
Also cool is the ability to get color schemes that work well together, even if they’re not the three colors you’d choose.
Color Schemes window is easy to understand though not quite simplistic.
Three colors grace the center left of the open window on your Mac. The saved color schemes are listed on the right. That’s easy enough to figure and but about all that’s easy.
Near the bottom of the scree are all the controls you can manipulate to change the color schemes and display the color values.
There’s RGB, of course, and you can change any of the Red, Gree, and Blue values using slider bars or numeric values.
Don’t like the suggested color schemes? Switch from Automatic Color Mode to manual and screw up your color combinations at will.
Output is straightforward, if arcane. Values are listed as Hex in, Hex out, and with a notation capability. RGB values are fine for most graphic applications on the Mac. Hex is fine for web site colors.
Like what you see in the on screen color combination? Click Save and add it to your list.
Color Scheme is a decent tool, extremely valuable relative to the price tag. I’ve gone from saving color values on Stickies to saving them someplace where I’ll know where they are.
Did I mention Color Scheme’s price?