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Hues...You need to grab a color from an image, make it a little bit darker, and get the new hex value. You don't want have to open a design program just do that. With Hues, you'll be done before Photoshop has finished opening.

A fast, lightweight color picker app allows you to grab the color of any pixel on your screen. Built on top of the standard Mac OS X color picker that you're already familiar with. Whether you're a designer or developer, if you work with colors, you'll want Hues.

Features:

  • Use the magnifying glass to grab the color of a single pixel
  • View Hex, RGB(a), and HSL(a) value for any more...

What's New

Version 1.1:
  • Option for outputting lowercase hex values
  • Ability to input hex values so you can modify and covert them. (enter or paste hex into same field hex value output is already displayed)
  • Bug fixes

Requirements

Mac OS X 10.6 or later

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Robert Ballantyne Member IconComment+10
Robert Ballantyne
+6

If you'd like to make an application that does this yourself, here is how. And it gives you a chance to discover how to use the Macintosh built-in programming language, AppleScript.

Here are the steps.

I promise, this is easy.

Yes, you can!

Open the AppleScript Editor
It is in the Utilities folder. You can find it two ways:
1. from the Finder, under the menubar selection GO, pull down to Utilities.
2. Open the Applications Folder. Utilities is a folder in the list.

In the Utilities folder, click on the AppleScript Editor to run it.

In the Editor, type the following two words:

choose color

(Be sure to use the American spelling for colour.)

In the Editor, choose Save As...
change the File Format from 'Script' to 'Application'

Give your program a name in the Save As: box (probably 'Color Picker')

and save it anywhere you like, but probably save it to your Applications folder.

That's it.

Run the program and the Color Picker stand-alone application will pop up. It is a very tiny app, so it appears almost instantly.

This works because the Color Picker is part of your OS. Many programs use it, but there is no stand-alone application. Well, if you do this, you'll have your one stand-alone application. Free.

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Version 1.1
B. Jefferson Le Blanc
+1

Thanks for the suggestion. You're right. It was easy to do - and it works. There are also a few third-party color pickers that add formats to the standard Apple color picker. Among these are Pro Picker (free), Antetype Color Picker (free), and RCWebColorPicker (free). These are not all new, but they still work on my system running OS X 10.7.5. You can find them all on MacUpdate.

Puc Member IconComment+209
Puc
+7

No DEMO, no sale!

here is Macupdate not Mac app store.

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Version 1.1
Cgc Member IconComment+511
Cgc
+3

How is this different than Digital Color Meter which is free and comes with every Mac (it's in the /Applications/Utilities folder)

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Version 1.0
Desterwallaboo
+1

Indeed.

Philosopherdog
+0

OMG I was looking at that yesterday. Who has time for such crappy software as that built in thing! No wonder they're hiding it. The better suggestion is to create the Apple script with two words "choose color", save it as an app, add an icon. Done. And then you can add all the free plugins.

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LucasH
Version 1.0
> 5 1

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Details

Downloads 677
Version Downloads 516
License Commercial
Date 10 Jun 2011
Platform Intel 64 / OS X / Intel 32
Price $2.99