Developer: Giant Comet

Current Version: 1.1

Last Updated: 4 years ago

Download Size: 223.2 KB - Download


You need to grab a color from an image, make it a little bit darker, and get the new hex value. You don't want to have to open a design program just to do that. With Hues, you'll be done before Photoshop has finished opening.

A fast, lightweight color picker app allows you to grab the color of any pixel on your screen. Built on top of the standard Mac OS X color picker that you're already familiar with. Whether you're a designer or developer, if you work with colors, you'll want Hues.

- Use the magnifying glass to grab the color of a single pixel
- View Hex, RGB(a), and HSL(a) value for any color
- Input Hex values so you can modify and covert them.
- Can select text or click button to copy values
- Auto copy default value to clipboard after selecting
- Customize format for each color representation to fit your needs
- History menu of last 25 colors
- Choose what color pickers to display
- Works alongside your favorite color picker plugins

If you have any issues, feedback, or feature requests, please feel free to email us - [email protected]

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Release Notes:

- Option for outputting lowercase hex values
- Ability to input hex values so you can modify and covert them. (enter or paste hex into same field hex value output is already displayed)
- Bug fixes


Most Helpful Reviews

Version 1.0
Review by tiltedhugh

Simple and Useful - Not many applications make it into my daily workflow but Hues is one of them. I love that it simply works, taking the already functional colorpicker and making it more convenient to use for development. I really appreciate that it uses the native title bar, allowing it to work seemlessy with Spaces and other awesome utilities like Divvy. I would however, love to be able to save and load swatch collections. I would use it on a per project basis, making it easy to load up the palette for the project I'm currently working on and keep the swatch section clean and organised.

Found helpful by 5 out of 5 people

More Reviews for Current Version

Version 1.1
Review by SparksMemphis

Awesome - I've been looking for a stand a lone color picker for a while. Even approached some developers in hopes they would build it for me and they found this one. gets the job done. One feature I would like very badly is to have a menu bar icon and be able to not have the app in the doc. Like text expander or alfred or ColorSnapper etc. just isn't much sense in having this app take up space in the doc when it does one simple thing. other than that it's very helpful.

Found helpful by 4 out of 5 people
Version 1.1
Review by estephan500

Does the job. NOTE: Mac OS has this feature anyway. - This app does what it promises. But I think that some people that purchase this application do not realize that the mac already has the ability to place a magnifying glass on any spot in the screen anywhere, and slurp up the desired color from that pixes. You just go to any app that provides a color picker (like MS word, go to the command to change the text's color and then click "more colors…" . Then click on the magnifying glass icon and go click some pixel somewhere. What this application does is it takes that same function that is already accessible inside many applications as I described, and places it into its own stand-alone application. To do away with having to open an application… for those times that you want to do color picking but you dont' have any color-relevant applications open. Hmm! But, it's $3, not TOO bad… I guess. And makes it convenient to get this feature as its own little app.

Found helpful by 4 out of 9 people
Version 1.1
Review by Adam Cole

Needs work... - Hue is fine, I think the icon is what sold me. Unfortunately it needs a little work. When you open the app, the loupe needs to be a little bigger and automatically be selected on startup. It would also be better if the app had an option to stay on top of windows as well.

Found helpful by 1 out of 1 people
Version 1.1
Review by Pete Aykroyd

Great tool -- well worth buying - This does exactly what I'm looking for. Picking any color on screen is extremely handy. Overall, the app works perfect, is minimal, and well worth the cost. My suggestions below are somewhat nit-picky and do not detract from the app in the least. But a few more features would really push it over the top. Particularly, I would love it if the history were persisted between sessions. That's sort of a no-brainer and I was surprised that it didn't do that. It would also be nice if the history were a bit pickier about what it added. Adding each color as I slide a slide-bar limit the use of it.

Found helpful by 1 out of 1 people
Version 1.1
Review by Smokebeams

Great Tool - Needs Work - If you work with HSLA and RGBA colors often, this tool is a must-have. Unfortunately it currently has some bugs revolving around that very interest. Besides the bugs, it's a bit clunky to use - and as a tool that is needed as often as this one is, the fact that it can't sit in the System Bar is just ridiculous. If you only need to grab colors with full alpha (no transparency) and not alter those colors after-the-fact, I highly recommend Sip. PROS: Alpha control in HSLA and RGBA when they work. Ability to tweak/create colors and then export to different values. CONS: Alpha control sometimes doesn't work at all. Can't live in the System Bar. Clunky use of the OS color picker as it's main interface missed a lot of opportunity.

Found helpful by 1 out of 1 people