Allow me a moment of True Confessions time to bare my soul. I use a mouse. iMac? Yes. Mac mini? Yes. MacBook? Yes, I use a mouse. No Magic Trackpad or MacBook trackpad for me. I use the Mac the way God intended. I use a mouse.
As a bona fide certified Mac mouse user I carry a number of utilities on my Macs, one of which you’ve probably never heard of, probably don’t need, but if you need what it does, this is the one to get because it’s absolutely free.
Coordinating Mouse Whereabouts
First, a few words about terminology. The pointer on the Mac’s screen can’t really be called a mouse cursor if you’re using a MacBook Air, MacBook, or MacBook Pro and the trackpad. Why not? There’s no mouse. So, I call the mouse cursor what it really is. First, screen pointer. Screen cursor is acceptable, albeit clumsy.
Alright, with that said, ScreenCaptCoord is exactly what you probably think it is based upon the app’s title. Wherever the screen pointer (or, screen cursor) is pointing, you get the screen coordinates displayed right down to the pixel.
ScreenCaptCoord can also draw an oval or rectangle on the Mac’s screen to measure pixels. A bunch of keyboard commands let you toggle between settings (full screen vs. section, rectangle vs. option, for example).
When you draw a rectangle on the screen, everything under the rectangle is grayed out. The onscreen cursor’s coordinates are displayed in a separate window. Preferences are nominal and easily setup with a couple of clicks.
If you’re looking for more bells and whistles in ScreenCaptCoord, don’t bother. It doesn’t do much but what it does is useful for any Mac user who needs to know exact screen coordinates but who does not want to pay an arm and a leg for an app that doesn’t get used too often. ScreenCaptCoord is true shareware donationware so act appropriately.