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Color Picker Pro

{rw_text}Giveaway of the day for November 13, 2008 is Color Picker Pro [1].
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{for=”Features as Described” value=”10″}Can’t fault here.
{for=”Ease of Use” value=”10″}Anyone can click, point, and read.
{for=”Usefulness” value=”5″}This is the only bad part. I do not see many people needing this software.
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This program might not be useful for many people, but for people who like to do graphic design, web design, or just simple image editing (like me – sometimes), this seems like a delightful little tool. I have found myself many times wishing I knew what color that was on the screen, only having to go through the pains of take a screen shot and opening it in Paint.Net to see what color it is.

First thing: I would not pay 20 euros for this seeing as you can just as easily take a screenshot and open the image in an editor to see what color you are looking for.

It installed and registered fine on Windows Vista 32-bit Home Premium.

The program it self? It does what it claims, and has a bit of extra ‘features’ to it.

You can view the color code in many different formats (there were too many to type up, so I just took a screenshot):


There is an option to view the color with a few changes made to it. You choose from the drop down menu. It is hard to describe what exactly it is, I can’t find the right word – you will have to use it for yourself to understand what I mean. Again I took a screenshot because there were too many to type up:


You can view the color of one single pixel, a 3×3, 5×5 or 7×7 box. Note: the higher pixels you want to capture/view color, the more laggy it gets! 7×7 was very laggy for me.

There is a “preview” window where you can set the amount of zoom, so you can see exactly where your cursor is. There is also an “original” window so you do not get lost in the zoomed window.

You can change the mode so that you have to click and drag to capture a color, or it will automatically capture the color where ever your mouse is. To change mode go to Capture -> Mode. To set it to capture the color of wherever your mouse is, leave it at “Mouse-free”. If you do not want it to do that, set it to “Drag”. Then you have click + hold your click on that magnifying lens on the top right of the window, and bring it to the pixel(s) that you want to capture.

Thumbs up…if you need this kind of software.

Free Alternatives:

PicPick [4] (thx Sue)

It has an intuitive interface and simple, elegant operation. After starting the software, you simply select one of the tool from the PicPick Tools trayicon menu when you want.

It features a powerful capture tool, image editor, color picker, color palette, pixel ruler, protractor, crosshair, whiteboard and etc. You can use all these tools freely.

PicPick is portable ware, so you don’t need any installation.
And, this is distributed as Freeware. So you may use this software on any number of computers for as long as you like.


  • Captures
    – Full Screen (Support for Dual Monitors)
    – Active Window
    – Window Control (Scroll a page automatically)
    – Region, Fixed Region
    – FreeHand
    – Repeat Last Capture
  • Image Editor
    – It’s very similar to Microsoft Paint, but you can do more.
    – It provides an effect like selection opacity, blur, sharpen, brightness, contrast, hue, saturation, flip, rotate and etc.
  • Color Picker
  • Color Palette
  • Pixel Ruler
  • Screen Protractor
  • Crosshair
  • Screen Whiteboard

-PicPick Developer

    ColorPic [5] (thx Trins)

    • Easily pick any color from the screen
    • Totally 100% Free!
    • No popup adverts or spyware, it really is free
    • Colors shown in hex and decimal
    • Adjust Hue, Saturation, Value, Red, Green and Blue values
    • Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black percentages shown
    • Easy to use with any other program
    • Resizable magnification area
    • Overlay a grid for quick colorpicker alignment
    • Use arrow keys to nudge mouse pointer
    • Save multiple palettes of colors automatically
    • WebSafe Colors and names displayed
    • Snap to nearest WebSafe color
    • Point sample, 3×3 or 5×5 pixel color sampling
    • Adjust color with four advanced color mixers
    • Edit colorpicker values after selection easily
    • Easy to use collapsible sections
    • Works with Firefox, Internet Explorer, Photoshop and any other application

    -ColorPic Developer

      ColorPix [6] (thx Dan)

      ColorPix is a useful little color picker that grabs the pixel under your mouse and transforms it into a number of different color formats.

      You can use the built-in magnifier to zoom in on your screen, click on a color value to copy it directly to the clipboard, and even keep ColorPix on top of all other apps and out of the way.

      Best of all, there’s nothing to install – just download the tiny app and off you go.

      -ColorPix Developer

      PMnet Verdict

      I finally got a change to try out all the above software. For the simple task of just finding out the color of a certain pixel on your screen, the most easy and simple program is ColorPix.

      Color Picker Pro and ColorPic are also very easy to use, but I feel the programs are a bit cluttered, compared to ColorPix, because they have a few extra features that you may or may not need.

      PicPick also does what all those three programs do but PicPick has multiple extra features that can make the program a handy asset over the other three only if you ever need those tools.

      The one advantage Color Picker Pro has over all the programs is that it can show the color code in multiple different formats as opposed to the others who are limited to 3 or 4 formats.

      So, just for finding the color of a pixel (in the most common HTML/Hex format), I suggest:
      Color Picker Pro