I need simple tool with two feathures, accessible by hotkeys:

  1. Color picker;
  2. Tool like "Screen Crosshair" in PicPick, for simple get size of any region of screen.

I can't find any alternative. Mac OS really hasn't it? I found only color pickers, but no "crosshair" app. xScope has a little similar functions, but it's unusable in both cases. Thanks!


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I have been using FreeRuler for on-screen measurements, and DigitalColor Meter for color inspection. DigitalColor Meter (DCM) is bundled with Mac OS X.

  • DigitalColor Meter looks good, thanks. But no HEX colors? Screen Ruler has usability problems, like xScope. It requires many actions to get block size. And it hasn't fullscreen cross-lines to take bounds of block easily.
    – Ganster41
    Oct 21, 2013 at 6:47
  • In DigitalColor Meter, choose View > Display Values > As Hexadecimal. Oct 22, 2013 at 2:26
  • You might also consider 'command + shift + 4', which will let you drag out an area while displaying live dimensions. Tap escape to keep the Mac from actually taking the screenshot. Oct 22, 2013 at 2:30
  • Thanks! I think command + shift + 4 is the best for me. Pressing escape anytime is little crappy, but it's faster solution. May be I made own app later...
    – Ganster41
    Oct 24, 2013 at 6:49

I find PixelStick works really well. It's on the app store or you can get a free trial from: http://plumamazing.com/mac/pixelstick. It does angles, regions lengths and hex colours.

  • Looks interesting, but it require many actions to get size too. Sorry, I can't like your answer for now, but thanks for it.
    – Ganster41
    Oct 24, 2013 at 6:53

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