Developer: Plum Amazing Software LLC

Current Version: 2.12.0

Last Updated: 2 months ago

Download Size: 3.6 MB - Download


PixelStick is a tool for measuring distances, angles and colors on the screen. PhotoShop has distance, angle and color tools but they only work in PhotoShop. PixelStick works in any app and anywhere on screen anytime and costs a hundred times less.

PixelStick is a professional measuring tool used by:
* Designers - for graphic, architecture, interior, space, marine, and aeronautical.
* Software Developers - for graphics, layout and user interface.
* Navigation/Cartographers - for maps or all kinds.
* Medical Technicians - for X-rays, ECG, EKG, and microscopy.
* Biologists - for microscopy and morphology.
* CSI Technicians - for crime scene investigations.
* Manufacturing - for design and fabrication.
* Physicists and Astronomers - for all kinds of measurements.
* Engineering - for mechanical, electrical and civil engineering.
* Builders - for measuring existing buildings or blueprints.
* Education - for students, teachers and researchers.
* Photographers
* Meterology - for weather mapping and science.
...anyone who needs to measure objects on the Mac.

Anyone can use PixelStick because its easy to use, simple and fast.

Modern measuring for:
* Retina, regular displays and multiple monitors.
* Mac OS 10.6 - 10.8 +
* Any app and between apps.

PixelStick is a measuring tool you can pinch and stretch to measure anything on your screen.

Use the loupe to magnify anything on screen.

Use the eyedropper to copy colors that are anywhere on your monitor in 4 formats (CSS, RGB, RGB hex, HTML) to the clipboard for use in any app.

Its like an onscreen virtual ruler that you can use vertically, horizontally and at any angle to measure distances, angles and much more just by dragging. Using the palette one can lock distances and angles (also by using the shift key).

Supports scaling for Google Maps, Yahoo Maps, Photoshop and Customized scaling options.


Release Notes:

IMPORTANT: With version 2.11 of PixelStick now recommends that its default scale uses the
coordinates directly reported by macOS. Previously it scaled those coordinates
by a screen-dependent "backing scale" (typically 2x for Retina screens).
However the "backing scale" does not correspond to physical pixels because
macOS supports a variety of scaling options via Displays Preferences, none of
which change the backing scale reported by macOS to apps. For compatibility
with previous versions' saved coordinates, PixelStick will continue to apply
that scaling until you open PixelStick's preferences and select "Use macOS

[New] Reworked the loupe code so that the magnified screen images are much
crisper and do not include magnified copies of PixelStick's endpoints and
[Fix] Prevent the situation on some systems where the cursor appeared in the
endpoint and colour picker loupes (and thus was magnified and prevented colour
[Fix] Remove the red frame from accessibility element screen grabs.
[Fix] Prevent PixelStick from reporting the screen width as double the number
of pixels macOS reports. (This is precisely the problem of previous versions
of PixelStick using a Retina screen's backing scale.)
[Fix] Corrected the measurements PixelStick reports when moving PixelStick
from a Retina screen to a non-Retina screen.
[Fix] Redraw and, if necessary, adjust PixelStick's endpoints when the
display's scale is changed via Displays Preferences.
[Fix] Reduce duplication of some internal calculations, improving consistency
between unscaled and scaled measurements.


Most Helpful Reviews

Version 1.2.1
Review by Rush Head

PixelStick onscreen ruler vs. all the others - Seriously, if you need/have the use for an onscreen ruler this would be the one you want to seriously consider. Besides being relatively inexpensive for an application, the functions don't compare to the other Mac onscreen rulers out there. I have tried all of them, too. $15-$45 gets you a ruler that you can't read, the user interface is so bad you can't find the actual measurement, some rulers don't float on top (what the hell's the point of that??), some are too much eyecandy like trying to look like a plastic grade school ruler again, that you can't read the measurements. All a waste of time and money. PixelStick is the real deal - easy and straightforward-to-use interface for realzy. Just download it and compare to the others - it's a no-brainer.

Found helpful by 3 out of 5 people

More Reviews for Current Version

Version 2.12.0
Review by Sevikha

Regular user - I use the app very often, mostly for graphics design together with Affinity Designer, Affinity Photo. And it’s very helpfull for me in instances when perfect proportionate size, alignment, distance are not automatically (with snap function) achievable in complex situations without an additional tool such as PixelStick.

Found helpful by 0 out of 0 people