So it is with Mac color tools, whether color pickers, color wheels, or anything else that makes working with color easier, faster, better. Most good graphic design apps have their own sets of color tools, but if you’re on a budget and just need to check out color values here and there, the Mac App Store has plenty, and I have a few favorites; some old and not updated in years, others new, and more than a few at free or near free.
Color Note for Mac is free. And by free I mean there isn’t much to it for, 1) price tag, or, 2) features. The app uses a term called minimalistic which is a basic software euphemism for not many features, but that’s OK. Expectations are matched by the price tag.
Click the Color Note icon in the Mac’s Menubar and you get, well, pretty much everything you need in the drop down window, including the hexadecimal color picker, the color wheel (not the kind that mixes and matches colors), accompanying slider bar, and a minimalist color palette for swatches.
It just doesn’t get simpler than this. One click gets you almost everything you want and need. And Color Note is free.
If you still mind paying a few bucks to get a few more features, there’s the popular ColorWell which has keyboard shortcuts and multiple color values. It’s free, too.
Another favorite is the very useful Sip, which has many more features, but still works in the Menubar and does the palette thing with multiple color values.
Sip is good for Mac users who have color needs that range from programming and web developers with CSS requirements to graphic designers.
For Mac users with color issues– the kind that arrive from eyes that just don’t see color the same as everyone else (I’m in that group) there’s Sim Daltonism and Red Stripe, two Mac apps from the same developer, both of which help people with color handicaps.
If color on your Mac is your game, there are more apps that might do what you need done on Mac360.