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Coloristic is a simple utility which magnifies the area of the screen surrounding the cursor. It will also display the color value for the pixel that is exactly under the cursor and allow you to copy that color value to the clipboard. In addition, you can measure the distance between any two pixels on screen, and save the magnified image to a file or the clipboard.

What's New

Version 1.7.1:
  • Now compatible with OS X 10.7.
  • Fixed problem with copying magnified images to clipboard.


Mac OS X 10.6 or later

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Danielb Member IconReview+0

There are many photo retouching programs and plug-ins which are missing a numerical color information display. This application displays color values in one of 4 color models CMY, HSB, RGB and internet, while most of the other applications only display RGB and Internet color values.

There is a great range of useful options in how this information is displayed and the option to display the info in a window which floats above all application windows.

Human perception of color is inconsistent and varies greatly depending on many factors, making the information this application essential for efficient workflow.

Coloristic's value comes from the time it saves in creating informed decisions, and accurate color corrections.

I spent a lot of time looking at more than 20 other color utilities before I came upon this, hope this review saves you some time.

I am running this on a Mac using the latest version of Snow Leopard 10.6.2, loads easy functions as advertised.

As a professional photographer I appreciate all the effort put into developing this application. Please support those provide software you find useful.

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Version 1.7
Anonymous Member IconReview

This is a nice application, but why would I pay $12 for this when I can use "DigitalColor Meter," which is included with OSX for absolutely free?

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Version 1.6

Exactly what I am wondering. Digital Color Meter does the same thing, works great and is already installed, free, on all Macs.

For those interested it is in the Utilities folder inside the Applications folder.


Or even Pixie, the free tool bundled in the Developers Tools

Anonymous Member IconReview

Coloristic seems to work fine and does what it says. It has some nice options to help you, getting the right colorvalues out of your image. I'm not sure, but I think, the Apple GUI guidlines won't suggest, to display values in the toolbar, so Coloristic seems not to be on one line with the Mac GUI.
The Icon could benefit form more subtile colors (how about transparency or little color gradients) because icons with primary (and secondary) colors look very plump (as they did in windows 3.1).
As there seems to be a Mac and PC version and because of the preferences dialouge and the toolbar thing, I conceive, that this is done with Metrowerks Codewarrior. As there is no future version of CW and the future Intel based Macs couldn't be supported with CW, I wonder if this tool has a future, if someone pays the 12 bucks today.
The most thing, I wonder about is the 12 bucks itself. I'm always glad to pay for a tool that helps me in doing my work, but Mac OS X delivers the DigitalColor Meter (Applications>Utilities) since (at least) version 10.1 and it does nearly the same for “free”.
So paying $12 to see CMYK values and to measure some horizontal and vertical pixels (not even the diagonal) is clearly too much.

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Version 1.6
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Downloads 8,085
Version Downloads 192
License Shareware
Date 09 Dec 2011
Platform OS X / Intel 32
Price $9.99
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