xScope
xScope
4.4.1

4.1

xScope free download for Mac

xScope4.4.1

11 December 2019

Onscreen graphic measurement tools.

Overview

xScope is powerful set of tools that are ideal for measuring, inspecting, and testing on-screen graphics and layouts. Its tools float above your desktop windows and can be accessed via a toolbar, menubar, and/or hot keys.

Mirror
  • Remote Viewing - Easily view Photoshop, files or windows on your iOS or AirPlay device
  • Templates - Automatically shows icon or wallpaper mockup on iOS
  • Chromeless UI - No overlaid chrome to get in the way while you work
  • Security - Toggle user authentication requests on/off via Preferences
  • Download the xScope Mirror App for iOS at http://xscopeapp.com/ios
Text
  • Powerful Search - For name or tag in any of the 100,000+ Unicode characters
  • Decipher Text - Deciphers text entities, encodings, constants, and more!
  • Convert Format - Output text as a string, entities, URL encoding, and more!
  • Measure Glyphs - Shows line, character or web layout: including font metrics and CSS
  • Character Palette - A handy place to collect commonly used Unicode characters
Dimensions
  • Find the dimensions of anything on screen instantly
  • Find distance between objects quickly and easily
  • Create screen shots of any measured element
Rulers
  • Powerful on-screen rulers for pixel measurements
  • Two rulers with synchronization for easy on-screen comparison
  • Hold down control to snap to edges of onscreen content
  • Fully adjustable horizontal and vertical lengths
  • Full 360 degree rotation range
  • Displays deltas for rotated rulers
Overlay
  • Enhances Your Web Browser - Attaches to window to make development easier
  • Alignment Marks - Check positioning and distances in px/em/pt and percentages
  • Mockup Image - A transparent design comp over your HTML and CSS code
  • Grids with Breakpoints - Grid systems that stay in sync with your media queries
  • Cycle Breakpoints - Quickly check your design at all sizes used in your CSS
  • Full-page Screenshot - Get a picture of your whole web page
  • Works with iOS Simulator - Great for testing in Safari or developing native apps
Screens
  • Easily see the usable real estate for any screen size
  • Organized by platform including iOS, Android, Mac, Windows and TV
  • Pre-defined screen templates or create your own
  • Displays title and game safe areas for 4:3 and 16:9 aspect ratio TVs.
  • Simulate user vision problems including color blindness and presbyopia (old age)
  • De-retinizer to simulate normal display when using Retina display
  • Define custom area settings for any OS or browser
Loupe
  • Magnify any portion of the screen under your mouse
  • Displays color under your cursor in RGB, HSB, HEX, CSS3 rgb() and HTML
  • Quick measurement of magnified image using Dimensions
  • Reference color format: work with a hex color while viewing RGB format
  • Collect a running list of color swatches with Shift-Cmd-C
  • Save out or import .ACO color swatch files for easy reference
  • Simulate user vision problems including color blindness and presbyopia (old age)
  • Displays co-ordinates of mouse cursor for reference
  • The content of the window or the mouse position can be locked
Guides
  • Vertical and horizontal guides that float on top of all else on the screen
  • Displays guide position in pixels when placed
  • Displays distance between guides in pixels
  • Save and load guide positions for later reference
  • Supports multiple monitors
Frames
  • Adjustable marker boxes float on top of the screen
  • Hold down control to snap to edges of onscreen content
  • Cmd-Shift-5 to shrink a selection around on screen content and create a frame
  • Display preset grids to help compose frame layouts
  • Create, move, duplicate and edit frames at will
  • Save and load frame positions for later reference
Crosshair
  • Reports the coordinate position of the mouse cursor
  • Change origin from the upper-left (design work) to lower-left (development work)

What's new in xScope

Version 4.4.1:
Improvements:
  • Lowered CPU usage when xScope is hidden
  • More reliable detecting Screen Recording permission on Catalina BUG FIXES
  • Fixed Guides not appearing correctly in some vertical display configurations
  • Fixed a crash in Loupe and Crosshair while detecting color for maximum contrast
  • Frame screenshots now work if bottom is off screen

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How would you rate xScope app?

37 Reviews of xScope

5
MaximilianGoetzfried
14 July 2011
Version: 2.5

Most helpful

Iconfactory today released version 2.5 which fixes all problems described in my previous review. Raised my rating from 3 to 5 stars. Re-bought it via the Mac AppStore to get the upcoming version 3.0 for free.
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Aargl
20 October 2018
Version: 4.3.3
There's an issue in OS 10.9 where the prefs won't display. (v4.3 was ok)
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3
Uncoy
03 June 2018
Version: 4.3.1
On the other hand, between xScope with its "cool" techy interface and Art Director's Toolkit, I've always preferred the latter. Unfortunately I own xScope in a current version while ADT pricing and upgrade policy have always been pretty dodgy. So I'm pretty happy someone is offering a competitively priced alternative. xScope does turn up on promotions, including at Macupdate, which is why I mentioned pricing positively. Retail is too much, unless you really like techy interfaces.
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3.5
Veryvito
23 March 2017
Version: 4.3
Pricy, but better than you think it is... I've been looking for alternatives to this for years now, but finally bit the bullet and purchased xScope. NO regrets -- and now that I know I'll keep it around, I find I use it much more than I actually thought I would. The Guides and Dimensions panels save SOOOO much time when laying out UI components. My only gripe is the annoyance of its always-present Dock and Task Switcher icons. I prefer system-wide utilities to sit quietly in the background until I conjure them via keyboard shortcut or menubar icon; otherwise, it's yet another thing competing for my attention on a developer's already-crowded Dock . Not sure why IconFactory developers insist that this is "the only way to do it," when Apple clearly documents how to make menubar-based applications that don't require the Dock icon (a la Annotate/Glui, for instance).
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3
Detlevski
01 December 2016
Version: 4.3
"Will Email when discounted"
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Big Map Idea
02 April 2016
Version: 4.2
Great program but kind of a memory hog. Haven't touched it in a few hours and it's sitting on over 500Mb.
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5
Bento de Espinosa
01 April 2016
Version: 4.2
Really excellent! A must have.
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22duke
24 April 2015
Version: 4.1.3
it looks good, but $AU64 you got to be joking
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Echoz
14 November 2014
Version: 4.1
Note the site still has v4 download, but MacUpdate has v4.1
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Geopick
10 July 2014
Version:
There is no upgrade path for App Store owners. I purchased version 3.6.3 from the App Store and also have a version 2 license from IconFactory. The IconFactory website will not accept the version 2 license number. The App Store and website price for version 4 is $49.99 whereas the web site upgrade is $24.99. Of course, I have received no responses from IconFactory support. So, I'm stuck at version 3.
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Rochade
27 June 2014
Version: 4.0
Is there any difference between the MAS and non-MAS version?
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SickTeddyBear
27 June 2014
Version: 4.0
FYI, the upgrade price is $24.99 for a limited time. It's also $24.99 in the MAS right now. They don't say how long either will last.
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5
Colin-☕
03 May 2014
Version: 3.6.3
xScope allows me to more easily create web pages that are pixel-accurate to the designer's intentions. This is one of those tools that seems so simple, but is remarkably useful because it has been implemented with such care. It works exactly as I need it to, without getting in the way of my work flow.
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5
Bento de Espinosa
20 February 2014
Version: 3.6.3
I use it a lot for developing websites and other things!
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3
Philosopherdog
28 October 2013
Version: 3.6.2
Good application, but still no retina support. Retina has been out over a year. Otherwise it's a pretty nice application. Pretty much the only app of its kind on the platform. Most of the other options are not maintained and/or broken.
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Sachi
11 December 2012
Version: 3.5.2
>> Create a new guide or frame by holding down the Option key while dragging the item Thank you very much for this one, it's so natural and easier to work with guide now.
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5
Jazzyguy
17 October 2012
Version: 3.5.1
Excellent in every way.
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5
asimo
17 October 2012
Version: 3.5.1
The best application of its kind
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5
asimo
17 October 2012
Version: 3.5.1
The best application of its kind.
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5
Huhaa
28 June 2012
Version: 3.2.2
Love it!
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mjasinski
19 August 2011
Version: 2.5.1
Version 2.5.1 crashes on launch (even after reinstallation) on Lion (10.7)
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fleischner
14 July 2011
Version: 2.5
Newest version quits on launch for me, even after deleting prefs and cache. 10.5.8 on PPC.
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5
MaximilianGoetzfried
14 July 2011
Version: 2.5
Iconfactory today released version 2.5 which fixes all problems described in my previous review. Raised my rating from 3 to 5 stars. Re-bought it via the Mac AppStore to get the upcoming version 3.0 for free.
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MaximilianGoetzfried
07 July 2011
Version: 2.2.2
No update since 2009. Sent a mail to the support, because the current version does not work on OS X Lion. No answer in 2 months. Purchased both xScope 1.x and 2.x. Now very disappointed and can't find an adequate alternative. Used this app every day.
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5
Hugenerd
05 March 2010
Version: 2.2.2
if you are a web developer using a mac xScope should be right next to Firebug as totally essential tools. Every single tool is useful and well-thought-out. highly recommended to anyone who wrangles pixels for a living.
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5
hced
10 January 2010
Version: 2.2.2
This has been my favorite screen measuring app ever since it first came out. Highly useful (and usable) for web design and what not. I like the status bar implementation which makes it stay out of way and yet be there when you need it.
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5
Abelle
21 December 2009
Version: 2.2.2
Essential, very good software, thank you.
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5
Maclover1-1
07 August 2009
Version: 2.2
I can't believe I waited so long to buy this !!!!!
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Bill-Clinton
04 April 2008
Version: 2.1
This version (2.1) still has a bug where the menu command Create Horizontal Guide or its equivalent, Shift-Command-H, does nothing. I reported this during 2.1 beta testing but they've released it anyway, with the bug. This product seems like something that someone hires contract programmers for from time to time--just guessing. And yes, what were they smoking to set the price this high.
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Stormchild
03 April 2008
Version: 2.1
A handy little tool, but way overpriced. I would gladly pay $12.95 for this, but no more. I really only use a couple of the features, so it's just not worth it for me.
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Corpsecorps
02 February 2008
Version: 2.0
I really like this little gizmo, but YEOW, that's way outa the gizmo price range! .
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5
Justinnorman
03 July 2006
Version: 1.5
After trying the xScope demo, I found it to be useful enough to purchase. Too often I've found myself trying to center a graphic in the middle of a document by eyeballing it, since I don't have a grid or ruler available in every application I use. xScope works incredibly well as a universal ruler, magnifier and more (although I don't use much other than the ruler and magnifier). Even just for the ruler tool, xScope has proved to be worth its meager price for me.
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2.25
Anonymous
26 October 2005
Version: 1.1
Latest version has lots of weird behavior with OS X Tiger 10.4.2. The program has a problem with hiding (apple-H) when crosshair / magnifier / ruler is on The crosshair/ruler function has inaccurate/different coordinates by 1px, extremely annoying. (Happens when vertical ruler is extended and crosshair center is ruler 0) All this worked in Panther mailed them this report two times, no response altrough the GUI is good, the idea is good this is not quality software for now.
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4.75
Anonymous
30 November 2004
Version: 1.0.1
love it but would love it more if i could have it run iconless (dock+menu)... as i use hotkeys for all of them and would love to capture back my dock from yet another icon.... thanks!
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5
Anonymous
28 September 2004
Version: 1.0.1
If you're a graphic designer on the mac than it's a very, very usefull app. Looks nice and easy to work with for a low price.
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5
gubdeb
14 November 2003
Version: 1.0
What am awesome product! The design of this is exceptional... and I know within days I'll wonder how I ever managed to work without it! Stunning!
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4.25
Anonymous
14 November 2003
Version: 1.0
Very, very handy. Packs a bunch of functions from a group of applications I already have, but puts them all into one package with a very slick, well designed interface. Be sure to turn on "menu bar icons" in the preferences. Sweet shortcuts. :)
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5
Anonymous
14 November 2003
Version: 1.0
xScope is beautifully designed, intelligently implemented, fairly priced, and undoubtedly useful to anyone who works with graphics on a Mac. For a 1.0 release, this easily earns five stars from me, but what's a review without a wish list? - Consolidate the windows. xScope creates about 20 hidden windows, some of which are quite large (2000x2000 !). This results in the app taking up about 46MB of real RAM and means that I can't leave it open all the time. Try creating your windows as needed, not all at once, and no larger than my screen. - A cool thing for programmers would be to add a "Copy as NSColor declaration" to the Loupe menu which would copy text to the pasteboard based on the focused pixel. e.g. - [NSColor colorWithCalibratedRed:0.94 green:0.80 blue:0.48 alpha:1.0] Anyway, what a great addition to the Mac designer's toolbox. Thanks guys!
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