There just can’t be much of a business model for a third party browser maker, hence most browsers are available for free. So it is with color pickers for the Mac.
The Reluctant Collector
Utilities for graphic designers run the gamut from free and minimal to powerful apps with a price tag to match and a whole range of tools in between.
Take xScope, a clever set of graphic design tools in a commercial app that’s known and loved.
Or, take HOVT, a simple color picker that’s free. As color pickers go, HOVT doesn’t bring much (if anything) that’s new to the graphic designer’s table.
The Mac App Store has a dozen or so color pickers or color management tools with a magnifying loupe and an option to copy a color value.
Some are free, or, at most a dollar or two, and do more than HOVT, which is free. My question is simple. ‘What’s the point?‘
HOVT has keyboard shortcuts, a magnifier, and grabs colors as HEX, RGB, RGBA, and CMYK. And, it remembers recently copied colors.
There’s a built-in search for color themes from Dribble’s site for designers, which isn’t available in every color picker, of course, so that adds value, but the same functions are available in a browser window.
HOVT is easy to use, simple to setup, and it works, but it doesn’t bring enough that’s unique to make it worth spending money on, hence the free price tag. I sometimes wonder if simple free apps are a way for an app developer to spread their wings, so to speak.
There are so many free apps with nominal value that I see each week, but find within a year that they’re orphaned by the original developer. That makes me wary of devoting much time and effort into so-called one-trick-pony apps that don’t do much and are not likely to be around this time next year.
HOVT works, but it’s a crowded field so it needs to do more.