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Color Pick Pro 

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Color Pick Pro (CPP) is a professional tool, for finding the right color, font or font color. CPP can store color sets to files and it can copy any color value to the clipboard as a HTML hex value, C/C++ hex value, in RGB, BGR, HSL, HLS and even custom defined decimal or hex formats.
Color Pick Pro comes with a sizeable and zoom-able color picker cursor that can fetch any color anywhere on the screen and it's 48 times in 16 steps zoom, controlled with scroll or keyboard, makes it very easy to get exactly the right color.
There is lots of color pickers out there, but the unique about this Color Picker is that it provide a sample window you can drag to the place on the screen where you need the color, font or font color. This feature makes it a lot easier to get the font and color right. The Sample window can even be transparent, so you can chose font and font color on the real background. Another thing that makes Color Pick Pro stand out is that there is keyboard shortcuts for almost all functions in the program.

For a full description of all the features in Color Pick Pro see the User Guide below.

Color Picker can run on Windows 2000, XP, Vista and 7.

Color Picker is Trial Ware, so you have 30 days to try it before you decide to buy it.   Price is: 12 USD

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Current version: 3.3.5.21.

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User Guide

Color Picker main window, the Title Bar:
Color Picker Title Bar

This is how the Title Bar looks when the Color Picker is not being resized and the scroll bar isn't moved.
The first number you see 151,534 is the number of unique colors present in the palette. The second number 192,509 is the number of pixels in the palette. The third set of numbers [619 x 311] is the width and height of the palette and the last number is the position of the scrollbar or should I say the gray value mixed into the palette.

Color Picker Title Bar

This is how the Title Bar looks when the Color Picker is either being resized or the scrollbar is being moved.
The first number is just for show of, it tells you how fast all the colors in the palette was calculated. The second set of numbers [619 x 311] is again the width and height of the color palette and the last is again the position of the scroll bar.

Scroll Bar:
The effect of the scrollbar

The three pictures at the left shows the effect of moving the scrollbar. At the left the scrollbar position is 0 so all colors are bright. The middle image have a scrollbar position of 125, which makes the colors more pastel. At the right the position of the scrollbar is 220 and the colors are now almost gray, but still with some coloring.
There is 255 positions (0-255) for the scrollbar and this  gives you access to all the rest of the full 24bit true color spectrum.

Color Tuner and Picker panel:
Color tuner panel

Here at the top we have two buttons, Rgb Button and Bgr Button that determine which color order is used when parsing the values in the edit field Paste Edit below. The edit field is where you can type or paste color values you want to either save to a color set, translate to another format or just want to adjust. Color Pick Pro can understand these format:

HEX Values 0 - 9 and ( A - F or a - f )
$AA77FFexactly $ + 6 hex characters (bgr) pascal
$00AAFF77exactly $ + 8 hex characters (bgr) pascal
#FFAA77exactly # + 6 hex characters (rgb) html
0xFFAA77exactly 0x + 6 hex characters (bgr) C C++
0x00AAFF77exactly 0x + 8 hex characters (bgr) C C++
FFAA77exactly 6 hex characters (rgb)
numbers only (0 - 9)
rgb(0,255,125)exactly rgb( + 1-3 numbers + , + 1-3 numbers + , + 1-3 numbers + )
255,0,125exactly 1-3 numbers + , + 1-3 numbers + , + 1-3 numbers
255 0 125exactly 1-3 numbers + space + 1-3 numbers + space + 1-3 numbers

Right below the edit you find the button Pick On Screen Button that starts the Picker, if you hold down Ctrl or if you have set it to do so, in the right click Popup Menu, the main window will hide it self while you use the Picker.
The first color field below the Pick On Screen Button button and the color field at the bottom, correspond to the value in the edit field Paste Edit or the value you have just picked. The next color field correspond with the value in the color palette and it will change together with the Color Panel.
Next we have 6 sliders, the first three are for adjusting Hue, Saturation and lightness / Lumination HSL, the next three are for adjusting Red, Green and Blue RGB. The sliders can be moved with the  mouse or by using the up and down arrow keys. In order to use the keyboard the slider must be active, to make a slider active you can either click on it or you can use Ctrl + Shift + the corresponding letter shown at the bottom of the slider.
Pressing: Ctrl + Shift + H will activate the Hue slider. If you are a great fan of using the Tab key, you can also activate the Hue slider using Ctrl + 1 and then use Tab and Shift Tab to go back and forth between the sliders.

The Picker with Live Magnification:

The Picker window have several features, the first I will describe is the 16 step 48 times live zoom, I call it live because it is very fast and so easy to use, with either the scroll wheel or the + and - key on the keyboard. Here below you see some snapshots of the zoom in action. The picker window replaces the standard cursor, so it will follow your mouse movements.

Zoom 2
2 times zoom
Zoom 8
8 times zoom
Zoom 15
15 times zoom
Zoom 48
48 times zoom
Shift Picker

Sizing: If you hold down the Ctrl key while you scroll or use + and - then it is the window size that change, as shown to the right. It will still have the same pixel in center though, in other words, it doesn't move when resizing.
Picking: At the above images you see diagonal lines Pick Lines pointing to the center pixel and when they are visible the pixel you select is the one in the center. You can use the arrow keys to fine tune the window one pixel at the time, until you have the right pixel at the center.  Alternatively you can hold down the Shift key, doing so, will lock the picker position and release the mouse as a Cross Cursor, then you can click in any pixel anywhere inside the picker window to select.
Picking average: If you hold down Ctrl while you either click or hit Enter you will get the average color of all the of all the pixels shown in the picker.
 

Color tuner panel Color Hint Color Hint

Grid Lines: is also possible as you can see here to the left. To get those lines you press G or activate them in the popup menu. The Pick Lines can also be activated or deactivated as well, with the key P or via the popup menu.
To the right you se the Color Hint window at the upper left corner of the picker. The hint can show the values in both RGB and in HSL and you can chose which by hitting H or clicking in the popup menu

Color tuner panel

The right click Popup Menu I've been talking about can be seen here to the right and I don't think there is any need for further explanation except for the grayed Release the Cursor line which I only added as a helpful hint, it will always be grayed.

Hot Tracking:
Settings that controle the sample

This button Hot Track Button will turn Hot Tracking on and of. When Hot Tracking is on the button will be golden Hot Track Button
When Hot Tracking is on the shown color in the Color Picker will change automatically to the color that is beneath the mouse cursor, when yo move it over the Color Palette. This feature is god when you want to find a color that looks nice compared to another color. If you just want temporary Hot Tracking you can hold down the Ctrl key when you move the mouse over the Color Palette.

Sample Settings:
Settings that controle the sample

This part of the Color Pick Pro is used to control  the appearance of the Sample Window. The first button Sample Button will either show the Sample Window or hide it if it is visible. The Sample Window is a window you can position anywhere on the screen in order to see you choices of color and font where they are going to be applyed.
The two Check-boxes Check boxes that comes next determine whether or not there should be text shown in the sample and whether or not the background should be transparent, if there is text in the sample. This give you these three ways of viewing the sample:

 CheckBoxes
Sample with text and transparent background
CheckBoxes
Sample with text on colored background
CheckBoxes
Sample with no text

Then we have the font settings for the sample and they are: First the name Font Name of the font, then the size Font Size of the font. After that we have a button for Bold Bold Button and one for Italic Italic button. The font you see in the sample is: Ariel, size 11 and it is both Bold and Italic.
At the right we have two buttons and two edit fields. The first set Button and Edit deals with the font color of the of the sample and the second Button and Edit deals with the background color of the sample. The way they work is that if you activate the Button button you lock the text color of the sample to the value in this Edit field edit field and if you activate the Button button you lock the background color of the text sample to the value in this Edit Field edit field. The color that isn't locked is the one changed by adjusting the color. To change the color in the edits you can press F11 for the text color and F12 for the background color.

Sample Popup Menu

The Sample Window has its own Popup Menu that you can see here at the right. This popup gives you options to save the sample to a PNG file in four different ways:
Save Png Image (auto name): The first time you use this function you will be asked to provide a path and a filename, unless you already have used one of the Save As functions. The next time Color Picker will add a number to the name and save the file to the location you used the last time. If the sample have a transparent background the PNG file will also be transparent and it will be cropped so that the image is the same size as the text.
Save Png Image As: is the same as above, but you will always be asked for a filename.
Save Png Image As (with background): Will save the background as well even if the background is transparent in which case the the part of the desktop that is seen in the Sample Window will be saved as the background.
Save Png Image As (with Background and Auto Crop): This function is for saving text with a colored background and only make the image big enough to contain the text, in other words crop away all the empty background. This is the function I used for making this little email image:  Support Email
Paste Text From Clipboard: This gives you the opportunity to replace the text in the sample with text you have copied to the clipboard. In the main window popup menu there is an option, you can set if you want that the text you paste from the clipboard should replace the text in the sample file as well.
The rest of the Popup Menu shows how to resize the Sample Window and I don't think explanation is needed.
Remember to take a look at the Keyboard Short cuts at the bottom of this page.

Color Panel:
Panel that shows the color

This part of the Color Picker always show the active color or in other words the color of the pixel beneath the cross cursor. As you can see it actually shows three different colors. The color at the left is the  "WebSafe" color that come closest to the precise color. The next one to the right is the precise color of the pixel beneath the cross cursor, the last one furthest to the right match the one from below the input edit and it is here at the bottom for comparison with the precise color.
There is also four buttons as you see three at the left side. If you click the first button Help Button this web page will open in your browser. If you click the second Small tool button a settings dialog will open, where you have some extra settings, but you can see all about that a little further down this page under:  Settings Dialog. The third button Small Info button will lead you to information's about the Color Pickers version and how to Register the application.
The last button Show Color Tuner furthest to the right is for hiding and showing the Color Tuner panel.

Color Sets & Color History:
Showing preset and user colors

At the bottom you can see this panel with all the different colors. The 20 colors at the left are User Colors and they are colors that you can set by pressing the corresponding keyboard key + Alt, when the desired color is in the Color Panel. The 10 colors at the right are History Colors and they represent the 10 latest selections.
The first 20 colors represent one Color Set. Colors in a Color Set can be named, if you right click the color and chose Set Color Hint from the pop up menu, the name you enter will then show in the hint. When you chose to name a color You will get a very small dialog as shown here below. You can also name the colors using the Manage Color Sets dialog.

Hint dialog

You can have as many different Color Sets as you like. This is particular useful when you work with colors on different projects, simply create a new Color Set for each project. The Color Set can then be loaded with a couple of clicks, using the right click menu, next time you work on the same project.

Popup Menu (main window):
Popup menu for the main window

The first 6 items in this popup menu copy the color in the Color Panel to the clipboard in various format, to see an explanation about the exact formats have a look at Left Click Copy Setup.
The 7. Item Copy to Clipboard as Template gives you access to a submenu containing all your color templates
Store Color As:
gives you a submenu where you can chose to save the color in the Color Panel to one of the 16 User Colors.
Hide Mainform on Picking: If you check this item the main window will be minimized when you click the Pick on Screen Pick On Screen Button button.
Save Sample Text after Paste: If this one is checked the text that you paste into the sample window will replace the text in the sample file and will be the text in the sample the next time you use the sample.
Set Click Action: gives you this submenu where you can chose which of the copy styles there will be used when you click on a color. You can see much more about the different formats and their result in Left Click Copy Setup section of this page.
The last five items all deals with Color Sets. The first gives you a submenu containing the Color Sets you have saved + two standard Color Sets.
New Color Set: Give you a small dialog where you can provide a name for the new Color Sets.
Save Color Set: Saves the 20 User Colors and their hints / names to the Color Set file that is loaded.
Manage Color Sets: Opens the dialog You see described in the next section .
Set Color Hint: This item is only visible when you right click on a color in the User Color panel at the bottom and it Is described in the Color Sets & Color History section.

Manage Color Sets:
Color Picker Settings Dialog

The top half of this Dialog is where you can manage your Color Sets. All the six buttons relate to the Color Sets shown in the list view and they do just what they say.
Import and Export give you an way to share Color Set files with others.
Please note that Delete does not give a warning and there is no way to undo a delete of a Color Set.
The two first Color Sets will always exist, yes you can delete them and that will delete the corresponding file, but the file will be created again (as it was the first time), next time you open the Color Set.
The bottom half of the dialog make it possible to set the name / hint for all colors in the Color Set without right clicking a lot of times.

Settings Dialog:
Color Picker Settings Dialog

This is the Dialog you will see when you click this button.
The top list shows all the available keyboard shortcuts and their action. you can find the same list further down this page. It is well worth to have a look at these shortcuts, as there is some functionality that can only be activated using the keyboard.
Just below the Shortcut list, is an edit field where you can specify your own text file to be shown in the Sample Window. You can either write a full path and filename or you can click this Browse button button and browse to find the a file. If you have a filename in the edit field or you just want to create one you can click the edit Edit button button, then the file will be opened in you default text editor. If there is a non existing file in the edit field a file will be created with that name and if the edit field is empty a file named sample.txt will be created in C:\Users\UserName\AppData\Roaming, the file will be opened in your default text editor  and the filename will be added to the edit field. The Edit button that you see all to the left determine if the text that you paste into the sample window, will be saved to the file named in the edit. The rest of this dialog will be explained in the next sections.

Custom Copy Setup:
Custom Copy

This is where you can se what RGB template there is chosen to be the default for customized output to the clipboard. You can make your own template or chose one of the preinstalled templates by clicking this button Browse button If you do that you get to the RGB Template List.
The output of what you see above will be: rgb(255, 255, 255); for the color white. RR will be replaced with the red value, GG with the green and BB the Blue. The CheckBox Hex tells you whether the values will converted to Hex or to Decimal values.

RGB Template List:
Left Click Select

Here you see the RGB Template List where all the templates for creating RGB color codes are stored. Color Pick Pro comes with 8 templates and common for all of them is that they contain RR GG BB the order can vary though. RR will be replaced with the red value, GG will be replaced with the green value and BB will be replaced with the blue value of the color.
If HEX is checked the values will be inserted as two digits hex values from 00 to FF. If HEX is not checked the values will be inserted as decimal numbers from 0 to 255.
If you notice there are two text parts to a template, the Template part is obvious, but the Menu Text is not so obvious, it is there so you can give your template a more readable name for when it is shown in the Copy to Clipboard as Template submenu.
You can set the default template either by double clicking the template you want or by clicking the Set as Custom Template button.

Left Click Copy Setup:
Left Click Select

Here you choose what you want Color Picker to copy to the clipboard when you left-click with the mouse on a color, I will explain these options from right to left. Selecting Custom is explained in the previous section. Rgb Is new in version 3 and if you select that one the color will be copied to the clipboard as HSL values according to the HSL Setup. Selecting Rgb will give you this: R:255 G:255 B:255 in the clipboard for the color white. BgrHex will give you this: 0x00FFFFFF for white and this: 0x000000FF for red, note that the red is the last value, this is often used in C and C++ programming. I you select Html the out put will be this: #FFFFFF for white and this: #FF0000 for red. Do you select All you get exactly that, one after the other like this example for a color close to yellow:
#E3E400 0x0000E4E3 R:227 G:228 B:0 hsl( 60, 100%, 44% ); rgb(227,228,0);

This setting can also be set in the Main Windows Popup Menu.

HSL Setup:
Left Click Select

Hue, Saturation and Lightness / Lumination HSL in short. In this section you can see the template you have selected as default in the HSL Template List. The edits and the checkbox are read only. If you want to edit or create new HSL templates, you must use the  HSL Template List dialog and you get to that by clicking this button Browse button You can find a thorough explanation of the HSL template here beolow.

HSL Template List:
Left Click Select

In this dialog you can see and edit the list of HSL Templates.
Color Pick Pro comes with three HSL templates and common for all templates is that they all contain HH, SS and LL. When the template is used the HH will be replaced with the Hue value, SS will be replaced with the Saturation value and LL will be replaced with the lumination value of the color.
The HH, SS and LL will be calculated according to their max values, which you set in the edit fields above H, S and L.
The reason for these max values is that HSL is not HSL, Hue, Sat and Lum can have any max value you can think of, there don't seem to be a standard. Windows use 240, 240, 240. Paint Shop Pro uses 255, 255, 255 and HTML/CSS uses 360, 100, 100. In other words these values need to be set if you want to copy in HSL format.
The HEX checkbox determine if the HH, SS, LL values will be replaced with HEX numbers or (if not checked) decimal numbers. Menu Text is so you can give the template a more readable text, for when it is show'n in the Copy to Clipboard as Template submenu.

Copy to Clipboard as Template submenu:
Left Click Select

In this menu you have access to all your color templates, RGB at the top and HSL templates at the bottom. When you click one of the items the Color you have clicked will be send to the clipboard in the format specified by the template.

Keyboard Shortcuts:
Main Window:
Select Color and send to Clipboard (as default)Enter or Click
Color to Clipboard as R:G:B: ValuesShift + Left Click **
Color to Clipboard as BGR Hex ValuesCtrl + Left Click **
Color to Clipboard as HTML Hex ValuesCtrl + Shift + Left Click **
Popup MenuRight Click
To Get the Web Safe Color (** Add Alt Key)Alt Key + Left Click
Hot Track mouse on color paletteCtrl + H (on or off)
Color Picker 10 % Bigger+ (Shift = Vertical + or -)
Color Picker 10 % Smaller- (Ctrl = Horizontal + or -)
Show the Help on the WebF1
Show the Settings dialogF2
Show the About WindowF3
Show the Sample WindowCtrl + Q (on or off)
Show Text in the Sample WindowCtrl + T (on or off)
Transparent Background in Sample WindowCtrl + A (on or off)
Scroll the Font List UpCtrl + Arrow Up
Scroll the Font List DownCtrl + Arrow Down
Scroll the Font Size List UpShift + Arrow Up
Scroll the Font Size List DownShift + Arrow Down
Bold Text in the Sample WindowCtrl + B (on or off)
Italic Text in the Sample WindowCtrl + I (on or off)
Lock the Sample Window Font ColorCtrl + E
Lock the Sample Window Background ColorCtrl + K
Set Sample Font ColorF11
Set Sample Background ColorF12
Set colors in 0, 1, 2 to FAlt + 0, Alt + 2 to Alt + F
Move the Color Cursor (palette have focus)Arrow Keys (alone)
Focus Color PaletteCtrl + TAB
Focus Hue SliderCtrl + 1
Focus Hue SliderCtrl + Shift + H
Focus Saturation SliderCtrl + Shift + S
Focus Lumination SliderCtrl + Shift + L
Focus Red SliderCtrl + Shift + R
Focus Green SliderCtrl + Shift + G
Focus Blue SliderCtrl + Shift + B
Select one of the 16 user colors 0, 1, 2 to FShift + 0, Shift + 1 to Shift + F
New Color SetCtrl + N
Save Color SetCtrl + S
Manage Color SetsCtrl + M
Close the Color PickerEscape
  
Color Tuner:
Set Color order to be Red Green BlueCtrl + R
Set Color order to be Blue Green RedCtrl + G
Paste a color value into the edit fieldCtrl + V
Opens the color picker tool (advanced eye dropper)Ctrl + P
Color slide up (when focused, after click or tab) Arrow up
Color slide down (when focused, after click or tab) Arrow down
  
Color Picker Tool:
Zoom In+ or Scroll up
Zoom Out- or Scroll down
Window 10% biggerCtrl + + or Ctrl + Scroll up
Window 10% smallerCtrl + - or Ctrl + Scroll down
Free the cursor for pickingShift
Select the colorClick or Enter
Select the average color of the whole Picker windowCtrl + Click or Ctrl + Enter
Move the window horizontallyArrow right and left
Move the window verticallyArrow up and down
Show GridlinesG (on or off)
Show PickerlinesP (on or off)
Close the picker windowEscape
  
Sample Window: (when focused, click on the sample)
Window 10% bigger+ or Scroll up
Window 10% smaller- or Scroll down
Window horizontal 10% biggerCtrl + or Ctrl + Scroll up
Window horizontal 10% smallerCtrl - or Ctrl + Scroll down
Window vertical 10% biggerShift - or Shift + Scroll up
Window vertical 10% smallerShift - or Shift + Scroll down
Paste in new Text in Sample WindowCtrl + V
Save Sample to FileCtrl + S
Load new Sample Text from FileCtrl + O
Popup menuRight-Click
Close the windowEscape
Number of Colors:

The maximum number of colors there can be viewed in the Color Palette at any given time is: 390.406 and that is achieved when the palette is 1537x512 pixels in size. There will not be more colors even if the Color Picker is maximized, it will just be easier to pick the right color. Please remember that this number have to be multiplied with 256 which is the number position in the scrollbar, this equals 99,943,936. which is way more then the actual maximum number of colors on a 24bit computer screen, that is by the way 16,777,216

Color Picker as Monitor Tester:

Color Picker can also be used to see if a color monitor is capable of showing all the colors in the spectrum. If the monitor is good, you will, in a maximized Color Picker, see a very, very smooth rainbow pattern going from red to red. The big colors red green and blue will occupy equal space sepperated by the smaller colors yellow, turkeys and magenta. It is equally important that there is colors almost all the way to the top (white) and almost all the way to the bottom (black).

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Last updated: Mar-24-2015    © Copyright 2003-2015 Asger-P Software 
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This kind of program goes by many names: Color Picker, Color Selector, ColorSelect, Color Picker Pro, ColorPicker, ColorPal, Color Palette, ColorPalette, Color Select, Color Picker Professional, Color Tester, ColorTester, FontTester, Font Tester etc.