Developer: Plum Amazing Software LLC

Current Version: 2.9

Last Updated: 1 year ago

Download Size: 1.9 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.
* 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
...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:

[new] Remembers the last used scale and eye dropper settings.
[mod] compiled and optimized with xcode 7.2
[new] Can now measure angles relative to a non-horizontal baseline.
[mod] Angle and length now displayed with more precision (i.e. not rounded to integer values).
[mod] Compatible with Mac OS 10.6 - 10.11
[new] User preference setting for displaying or hiding the loupe shown when dragging points.
[new] User preference setting for displaying or hiding the grid inside the loupe (when the loupe is shown).
[fix] Loupe view now also works on OS X 10.6 (previously it only could appear on OS X 10.7 or higher).
[fix] Make closing the preferences window behave in a more standard fashion.
[fix] Restore the missing app icon and include hi-res versions.
[new] Support for the "Screens have separate Spaces" user preference added in OS X Mavericks.
[fixed] Color picker shows the wrong color in some screen arrangements, particularly when secondary screens are arranged higher or lower than the primary screen.
[fixed] Loupe not magnifying the correct area of the screen on secondary screens in some screen arrangements.
[fixed] Reset position can result in endpoints moving off-screen some screen arrangements.
[fixed] PixelStick does not extend into newly revealed screen space when screen arrangements are changed while PixelStick is running.
[fixed] Crash on OS X Mavericks and higher when selecting the "screen elements" ruler more than once.


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 2.9
Review by sjamesmccarthy

hasnt been updated in a while - this app was incredible! however it hasn't had any developer love in years and has fallen behind. doesn't support spaces which is extremely frustrating.

Found helpful by 1 out of 1 people
Version 2.9
Review by Tryingtoprint

Useless AND hard to use - This will only give you the pixels of the screen at the moment that you are looking at it. If you scroll or zoom in, the scale is changed and using a custom scale doesn’t help. Seriously a waste of money.

Found helpful by 0 out of 0 people
Version 2.9
Review by dsimcox

Very useful! - This inexpensive app is very useful for me. I am able to use it to accurately measure features on a product image. For example, I use SnagIt to copy an image of a product and enlarge it. Then I determine the length or width of the product in inches from the product description. Next I use PixelStick to measure the known dimension in pixels, and calculate the custom scale factor by dividing the width in inches by the number of pixels. This factor is entered into the Zoom box on PixelStick, and I change the Unit measure to “in”. Now everything I measure on the image is scaled by that zoom factor, and I can directly read the measurements in inches. This app is simple to use and never in the way. It’s simply an overlay for the screen, and its visibility can be toggled with Cmd + H. I wish I could get it to work when my browser is in full screen mode, but I haven’t figured that out. But by taking a screenshot using SnagIt, I can work around this limitation.

Found helpful by 0 out of 0 people