For many of us, grabbing a single color often mean launching an application, such as Photoshop, selecting the eye dropper tool and then selecting the color, clicking the color tool, and copy and pasting the color HEX value, simply to life a single color value from an image, button, graphic or so forth. Its a cumbersome process, and unnecessary.
Color Snapper is one of those no brainer utilities that should be part of OS X, as an extension of the OS X color selector. By now you’re probably familiar with the OS X color selection’s magnifying glass. In case you’re not, any application that uses the OS X default color selector includes a magnifying glass tool that lets you easily sample any color on screen (not limited to the current application). Its a useful functionality as you can select a color from a image in a web browser or Preview or even icon or menu, not just your current app.
Color Snapper extends this behavior to any circumstance. Simply press command-option-c (this can be changed) and you’re presented with magnifying glass cursor that easily lets you select any color on the screen. The color is then copied to your clip board as a HEX value (or RBG, RGBA, HSB etc if you prefer).
The dropdown menu displays most recent picks
p>A utility as simple as Color Snapper could have stopped without any preferencces and it’d been a very useful tool but it also includes a host options, such as key-command selection, format copied to clipboard, notification center, menu bar icon, launch-at-startup, last three colors and magnification level.
Depending on your brand of color values, its easily configged. As a
Front-End Developer, (excuse me), User-Interface Engineer, I live in the world of HEX although I’ve configurred my alternate color value to rbga.
You can easily adjust the magnification level, a nice bonus.
Its hard not to recommend ColorSnapper, at $5, its everything it should be. The only improvement would be allowing area-average color sampling akin to Photoshop’s color sampler.
Color Snapper Website
From the Color Snapper website