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Shades Color Picker adds an additional pane to the standard Apple Color Picker. Shades brings intuitive color selection to any application that uses the Apple color picker. It is designed to help you choose colors by showing you grids of related colors. Shades uses Hue - Saturation - Brightness (HSB) color coordinates which many people find more intuitive than Red - Green - Blue (RGB) color coordinates. To use Shades, you choose a center color, a step size and a color coordinate (one of H, S or B) to hold constant. Shades then draws a grid of related colors. You can make any color in the grid the current color by more...

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Mac OS X 10.5 or later

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Macsolu Member IconComment+163

Not compatible with Snow Leopard. I tried it in both the main Library folder / ColorPickers and the User's Library / ColorPickers folder. It simply does not show up in the Colors palette.

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Version 1.1


Shades will only work with 32-bit apps. If the app you're using is 64-bit, Shades is not available. The developer is aware of this issue, and states that there probably will NOT be a near-term solution.

Corpsecorps Member IconComment+761

I do a lot of art projects, but like Painter's Picker, highly overpriced.

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Version 1.1
Pentimento Member IconComment+4

I love this app! I found it very useful and addicting. Use it all the time.

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Version 1.1
dtruett1 Member IconComment+126

Liked the app for limited uses, but $18 is WAY too much for this (and I'm not cheap about spending on shareware).

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Downloads 3,919
Version Downloads 216
License Demo
Date 15 May 2007
Platform OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32
Price $18.00
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