Color me and my Mac as full of color utilities. I have all the free color utilities and most of the commercial color apps. Here’s another one worth a look because it does a bit more than just grab colors from the Mac’s screen.
This one is called ColorSnapper and as the name suggests, it snaps whatever color you can find on any pixel on the Mac. It has a magnifying glass which has become something of a color picker standard for Mac utilities, but ColorSnapper also knows its way around different color formats.
Color Me Snapped
There might be a Mac color picker without a magnifying loupe, but I haven’t run into one. ColorSnapper’s loupe works on multiple Mac displays regardless of resolutions and easily switches between Spaces and whatever app you’re using at the moment.
And, yes, you can save favorites to be used again without resampling.
The magnifying loupe also increase mouse sensitivity and magnification levels, even on Macs with Retina displays. By using gestures or the keyboard, you can zoom in and out to find a pixel, change the magnifying diameter, and even cycle though various formats by using keyboard shortcuts.
Favorites are easily added and accessible, though some kind of tabbed arrangement would work better for those of us with many, many, and too many favorites to scroll through. Colors easily integrate with Apple’s own color tool, and you get the option of both a light mode and a dark mode to match your macOS preference.
Need configurations to satisfy an OCD gene that bites you from time to time? Got ’em.
Color formats are not created equally but ColorSnapper gives you options to use what you use the most, whether for coding or designing. Supported formats include CSS, NSColor, UIColor, Swift, Android, Java, .NET, CGColor, and the much loved OpenGL.
The picker itself automatically converts selected colors from each macOS application and based upon your Mac screen’s color profile (compare to sRGB).
Not too shabby, right?
Wait! There’s more! For me, the must have is Photoshop and Illustrator integration, but ColorSnapper integrates well with other graphic design apps. The magnifying loupe can also be used as a review utility– press P to copy the zoomed image into the Mac’s clipboard. That saves a few steps.
ColorSnapper is priced about right, can be downloaded as a try-before-you-buy trial, purchased from the developer or the Mac App Store. Good for the price tag. It’s not my favorite Mac color app but I use it often, and it’s worth a look and a try if you need yet another color picker.