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Crosshairs is a lightweight app for getting the dimensions of anything on your screen. You can drag a transparent overlay overtop of any app and adjust the box as much as you need. No more taking a screenshot just to get the size of something.


  • Activate the app with global hotkey, which is customizable
  • Switch between overlay colors
  • Dynamically adjust the opacity of the overlay
  • Copy dimensions directly to your clipboard
  • Can customize the format of the dimensions to suit your needs
  • Take a screenshot of the area beneath the overlay
  • Make pixel perfect more...

What's New

Version 1.1:
  • Added inverted overlay mode (shortcut: i)
  • Made hotkey activate or deactivate app (instead of just activating it)
  • Some minor user interface updates to handles and dimensions bubble to help stand out better
  • Crosshairs will no longer deactivate the current app so it works better with apps like Photoshop. Side effect is no custom cursor support. Added preference to return the old more...


Mac OS X 10.6.6 or later

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Brayne Member IconReview+3

Although this application does do a few extra things, such as nudging the overlay with the keyboard, customizing the overlay color and copying the dimensions to the clipboard, the same basic functionality is already built-in to the Mac OS.

When you use the keyboard shortcut Shift-Control-Command-4 from within any application, on any version of Mac OSX, the cursor will change into crosshairs with a live display of the x and y location of the cursor. Click and drag to create a selection area, and the x,y location is replaced with the width and height of the area in pixels.

Release the mouse, and the selection is copied to the clipboard. Use Shift-Command-4 if you want to save the selection image to disk.

I realise this app is only $5, but in my option I don't think there's $5 worth here.

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Version 1.1
Colette Member IconComment+493

How can you review a software that you can not test it ?

The dev already recognized that he needs a demo at MU.

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Version 1.1
Giant Comet (Developer)

I do have a trial available on my site (see my comment below) but didn't realize I that I could add the direct download URL to this page. I just added it.


With all these less than positive comments, I decided to check this out. So go to the developer's site...
Sheesh, no wonder there's so much debate, he's asking $4.99 -- that's almost $5!!!!!

Nicksloan Member IconReview+81

I thought it might be helpful here to review the software rather than complain about the selling model. I have bought Crosshairs and I am glad that I did. It provides an elegantly simple way of making, transferring and comparing pixel measurements on screen, far simpler than screen rulers for instance but just as effective for most purposes. If measuring screen elements is something you need to do, this is likely to be your best way of doing it.

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Version 1.0
B. Jefferson Le Blanc Member IconComment+649
B. Jefferson Le Blanc

Clearly it's going to take awhile for developers to learn that they are losing at least as many customers as they are gaining by selling only in the Mac App Store. Shareware/Trialware is a well established and much appreciated tradition in software marketing. A good price is not a good deal if you end up not using the software you bought, sight unseen. It's a crapshoot and anyone with half a brain isn't going to play.

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Version 1.0
Giant Comet (Developer)

Thanks for your comments. We're still feeling out the whole Mac App Store process. But I've heard from quite a few customers that they want trials, so I'm making that top priority right now. Should have trial of Crosshairs on the site within a week, hopefully sooner. I'll update this thread when it's available.

Giant Comet (Developer)

Ok, we now have a 10-day free trial of Crosshairs on the site. You can download it from http://giantcomet.com/crosshairs.

Apple-Boy Member IconComment+212

Don't want to buy a program without testing it.
This is the reason why I'm on Macupdate and not on App store.

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Version 1.0

I'll second that. No demo no sale.

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Version 1.1
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Downloads 926
Version Downloads 719
License Demo
Date 22 Feb 2011
Platform OS X / Intel 32
Price $4.99
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