Not that many years ago I had a single favorite color picker and the name was not Color Picker (although I used the real Color Picker for many years).
The Mac color picker that caught my fancy way back when is called Pochade. What set it apart from the run-of-the-mill color pickers is what I’ll loosely define as workflow. Pochade was just easy to use, handled color collections, and popped different color values to the screen from any pixel, formatted the way you want, rather than arbitrary.
For whatever reason, Pochade didn’t keep up with the changes in OS X over the years, fell into disrepair (not upgraded enough to work properly all the time), and I moved on to others, including the aforementioned Color Picker and Sip.
Well, Pochade is back and better than ever. Actually, it’s been back awhile but I waited until there was a price drop promotion to half price. Like all good color pickers, Pochade lives in the Mac’s Menubar, accessible with a click.
There’s the required magnifying loupe to grab color from any pixel on the Mac’s screen. Pochade imports color collections, too, include ASE, CLR, and ACO files, and manages captured colors as collections within the app, and gives you multiple options to copy and export a color into a graphic app, a document, programming code, or CSS with whatever values suits your mind.
The only problem I’ve run into with the Pochade in the past was stability. Every now and then it would just stop doing what it should be doing, whether dragging a color or capturing a color, or simply posting the wrong color value. Thankfully, I haven’t run into that as an issue with the newer version.
Pochade is priced about right when it’s on sale, and there’s a free try-before-you-buy trial version. I use Xscope on my Mac, one of my all time favorite apps, but I admit that managing colors on a Mac is a space that has plenty of contenders but few apps that stand out as must-have.