Any Mac user who more than dabbles in graphic design, app development, or web develop has more than an average share of color management tools. From color pickers to color wheels, there are plenty of choices; many old and unchanged (color is math), some new, and a few overpriced. One of my favorite new color management apps is appropriately entitled and modestly priced Colors.
This useful tool is a color picker, a color scheme and palette tool, even a color photo analyzer, all wrapped up in an attractive floating palette.
That’s what you get with Colors on the Mac App Store (but with a try-before-you-buy version from the developer’s site). What if you need more than Colors provides? Yes, Virginia, there is a Colors Pro version from the developer, too.
The Pro version is special. Not only does it have a Color Picker Plugin for OS X’s built-in color picker it works with Photoshop, Pixelmator, and other pro-level apps, as well as many of Apple’s own apps (Pages, for example).
Mac graphic designers and developers who work with color usually keep a database of palettes and that’s where the Pro version of Colors shines. The database can be saved anywhere on the Mac, which makes it perfect for Dropbox, iCloud Drive, and other storage services which sync files between devices.
The Colors and Colors Pro website features a manual for each version, and plenty of detail on how each feature works and the benefits it brings to a graphic designer or developer.
Preference settings are nominal and include a custom database location as well as select Illustrator and Photoshop version locations, though there’s the odd setting for hiding both Dock and Menubar icon (complete with a Not Recommended warning).
Colors Pro is reminiscent of ColorSchemer Studio which hasn’t been upgraded in nearly five years.