When I got my first computer, 256 colors was the highest number of colors the computer systems of that day were able to display. Today, 32 million colors are the standard for any PC. Even smart phones are capable of displaying millions of colors in high resolution. If you are developing a website, or doing any other designing project, picking colors from such a huge range for designing graphics is not an easy task. Choosing the right or wrong color can mean the success and failure of your project. Previously, we have covered a lot of color picking applications, such as Instant Color Picker, an application for Windows that has 6 different and unique shade extraction tools, allowing you to find the right color shade, and Just Color Picker, an application with a host of color picking features to view, as well as customize chosen colors to fit your design. Today, we have another great color picker called ColorMania. It is an advanced utility for picking colors that is created especially for web-designers, graphic artists and application developers. Various color modes are supported by ColorMania, and it allows you to pick any color available on your screen. More on the features of ColorMania after the break.
It hosts a built-in magnifier that allows users to zoom up to 20 times the original image in order to get to the exact pixel for extracting the code for its color. Options available on the main interface allow you to preview, identify, test and organize the color values. The RGB and HSL sliders in the middle let you further manipulate the extracted colors. For instance, after extracting the color from a pixel, you can change the Red Green Blue, as well as the Hue Saturation and Value parameters for view different shades or intensities of the color. When you find one that suits your mood and design, you can save it in your own custom color palette. A wide range of color formats are supported by ColorMania, allowing you to use it in combination with other graphical applications such as Photoshop, Gimp etc.
The list of features as stated on the product page is as follows:
Interactively change RGB and HSV values
- Onscreen Eyedropper (Color grabber) / Screen Magnifier
- Color display in different formats (including Photoshop)
- Web safe colors and predefined HTML Color codes
- Save Color Palettes
- Intuitive Interface
- Uninstall support
ColorMania works on both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8.