Guilty as charged. I’m a blonde and whatever glitters is gold to me.
My Mac is littered with Mac color management apps, floating color palettes, color pickers, color wheels, and all the apps that find, manipulate, mix, and manage color. If it does hex, CYMK, RGB, or blends, shades, and otherwise displays any color value on a Mac, I’ve got the app. I like drag and drop color wells, floating palette, and magnifying tools.
The Color Fetish That Never Satisfies
At any one time during a presentation project I’ll have half a dozen color management apps open or available in the color picker on my Mac.
One of the more elegant Mac apps with a nominal price tag is iPalette Pro.
First, you want a color tool which has an option to float above the windows on your Mac. Some apps provide access to the Mac’s color picker, some don’t. I like color tools always available and where I want them.
Second, you want both of two kinds of color tools. The quickie floating palette that mixes, shades, magnifies, and stores color. And the more complicated color wheel tools.
iPalette is the former. The floating palette has five basic tools. For example, the RGB slider provides precise color management.
The Hex tool stores single values but can also be appended to a specific palette and stored.
The Blend tool is a favorite.
Click to add a starting color and an ending color. The number of colors between the two, the shades, can be adjust with the slider below.
The Magnify tool gives you precise, pixel perfect capture of any pixel on the screen or in any image.
Colors can be locked and grid lines displayed. I’d prefer a display that also captured the hex value for easier copy and paste into other apps.
Another tool in iPalette that has become en vogue is the Image tool. Drag a source image into iPalette and it captures a 30-color palette from the image.
iPalette Pro (not to be confused with the free version that comes with fewer features) is quick to learn. The global window gives you access to all five components.
Colors are drag and drop from well to graphic app or editor or document. Simply clicking on a color value will copy it to your Mac’s clipboard. Create your own favorites list of palettes and colors.
The now archaic web safe colors are supported by iPalette Pro.
RGB colors use a slider which would also come in handy in the hex value function. Since iPalette Pro can be set up as a floating palette above all other windows, it can capture colors from any Mac graphic app.
If you use color on your Mac then you have more than one color tool. iPalette Pro is a decent app to add to the mix.