Your Mac’s screen is measured in pixels; top to bottom, left to right. Pixels themselves vary a bit in size, but most Mac onscreen measurements are done in pixels. How do you measure pixels? Start with a PixelStick.
In App Measuring vs. All App Measuring
Mac graphics apps usually come with their own screen or object measuring features. These are usually rulers and guides to accurately measure a graphic element.
PixelStick does that anywhere on your Mac’s screen, and within any Mac application. It’s not just measuring top to bottom or left to right. It measures pixels between objects, between boundaries, including angles.
Preferences are a snap to set up.
The Circular Guides can be confusing, but are handy for measuring angles. The only other item onscreen besides the actual stick is the PixelStick measuring guide.
The stick itself is different than most other pixel measuring apps. It’s, well, a stick. You drag either end in any direction to line up the guides over a graphic element. The floating box displays all the basic information you need; location on screen, angles, axis, and pixels.
Either end of PixelStick can be dragged in any direction on the screen. The center box allows the guides to be moved (not stretched). I found the measurement between objects onscreen to be more difficult than Xscope (which doesn’t do angles).
Also included is an eyedropper which grabs colors information (for CSS, RGB, RGB hex, etc.) from any pixel on the screen. PixelStick thinks different and may take some time to get used to because it’s not a ruler in the traditional sense. It also manages to display pixel distance between two objects or points, and pixel difference between objects.
PixelStick is try-before-you-buy, affordable, nicely done, but different, and requires some getting used too. There are no rulers, and no guides, only measurements.