Pixel Tools

Developer: Sol Robots

Current Version: 1.4.1

Last Updated: 3 years ago

Download Size: 506.5 KB - Download


The ideal companion for designers and anyone that needs to make pixel precise measurements, get the numeric value of a color, or magnify a portion of any screen.

Pixel Tools does the following:
1. Tracks the mouse and magnifies the region of interest (1x - 64x).
2. Measures the distance in pixels between two points on the screen (Width, Height, and Straight Line Distance). Y Coordinates can be measured Cocoa style (positive Y is up) or traditional style (positive Y is down).
3. Gives the RGB or HSB numerical value of the color under the mouse (Hex 00-FF, Float 0.00-1.00, or Integer 0-255).
4. Allows precise positioning of the mouse cursor using the arrow keys. Hold the shift key to move 5 points at a time.
5. Every function has a keyboard shortcut so it's quick to access.
6. Keyboard shortcuts have global equivalents so that they can be used even when the app is not frontmost. For example, to set the measurement origin you can use the space-bar when the app is frontmost, and when it's in the background you use Control-Option-Command-Space-Bar to do the same thing. Global keyboard shortcuts can also be disabled.
7. Allows setting the main window to float in front of all other windows for easy access (default), or setting it to behave like a normal window so that it can layer behind the frontmost app. This is great if you want to keep Pixel Tools open all of the time, but don't want it obstructing your view when trying to read your mail.
8. Allows you to hide controls and rulers so that the window can be sized to have a very small footprint, yet still be completely usable. Pixel Tools is designed to see underneath itself, making it so that even when it covers part of the app that you are measuring, it still works. Both of these features are particularly important for users on small screens.
9. Allows locking the mouse position to focus on a particular area on the screen. You might use this to change the color format settings without affecting what the app is focused on.
10. Allows locking the screen updates so that you can measure transient or animated effects. For example, you might use this to measure the distance on an item that has a mouse-over effect. With updates locked, the mouse-over will remain on, while you measure.
11. Works with any number of monitors, of any size, and any layout.
12. Enhanced for your Mac's Retina display. Get the color values for each sub-point pixel using the arrow keys.
13. Designed to maximize your Mac's battery life. Pixel Tools will only display updates when needed and, on Mac OS X 10.9 or higher, won't update when obscured by other windows.
14. Optimized memory usage – keep your RAM for other apps.
15. Very small executable, so the app launches very quickly.


Release Notes:

- Fully vetted for Mac OS X Yosemite.
- Improvements in how we draw the sub-pixel box on Retina displays.
- Fixed a few minor inconsistencies in how position and update locks are applied.


Most Helpful Reviews

Version 1.1.1
Review by Knyce924

Just what I needed - Without question the best multi-purpose pixel ruler I've come across. I've been a web developer & designer for 6 years and this one is my current go-to since Apple's switch to lean more upon apps (rather than widgets). Compared to all the more expensive apps out there, this one gives you alot for a few bucks— takes the cake IMO.

Found helpful by 4 out of 4 people
Version 1.1.1
Review by Heckuvajo

Bad User Interface - I played around with this for 10 minutes and couldn't figure out how to use. I tried the keyboard shortcuts and mouse, and it's just a struggle to A) figure out how to use and B) actually using it. Not easy to get the dimensions. Doesn't have a nice re-draggable rectangle or something where you can visualize and adjust what you're trying to measure.

Found helpful by 3 out of 4 people

More Reviews for Current Version

Version 1.4.1
Review by Vescovi

Pixel tools is great and is easy to use - Very helpful tool for precise graphics. Most important feature: very easy to use.

Found helpful by 1 out of 1 people
Version 1.4.1
Review by Ranselm

This is EXACTLY what I’ve been looking for - I use Adobe Premiere Pro on a daily basis and do a good bit of compositing both in Premiere and After Effects. After Effects has a great little “Info” window that tells you the color and positino pixel info of whatever your mouse is hovering over. This would be really useful in premiere as well, but doesn’t exist. The closest thing in premiere I can find is to use “Ultra Key,” select a color, and then see the pixel info, but that’s a really clunky process. This app gives me real-time pixel data anywhere on my workspace. It’s beautiful! A sincere thank you to the fine folks at Sol Robots!

Found helpful by 0 out of 0 people