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PicPick (http://picpick.wiziple.net/)

As a developer and designer, a color picker is an integral part of my development utility arsenal. Many other features are boasted in this little utility, but a well-featured, reliable, easy to use, small footprint, and lightning fast color picker is the flagship.

Not only can you pick your color from the screen easily by assigning a hotkey or using the system tray icon, PicPick will store your previous colors (in session) so you don’t have to go back and find it again.

Output options cover the basics pretty well, but could make use of some .NET (“Color.FromArgb()”) or “named” (“Firebrick”) color options if we’re opening up to the coding. Currently, PicPick supports HTML, RGB(), C++, and Delphi output.

The other tools are nice as well. They mostly all create function screen overlays that would assist designers and developers with measurements.

There is a very nicely thought out pixel ruler that you actually place on the objects you’re measuring, as opposed to most “rulers” that you have to click twice and hope you landed where you meant to.

There’s also a magnifying glass that’s movable, sizable, and supports up to 10x zooming. Some of the other tools have a built-in magnifier, so I’ve not used this a lot.

If you need positional details, there’s a cross-hair that simply tells you your X and Y on the screen. I haven’t really found any other features (or many uses) for this, but since it doesn’t hurt the application to have it, I’m not complaining.

PicPick even has a protractor. Yep, now you have what you need to get your angles right (yes, all pun was intended).

If you send a lot of screenshots to people in lieu of explaining yourself in words, you’ll get a kick out of the whiteboard feature. Mark your screen all up, click save, and send it off.

Speaking of screenshots, PicPick is also a full-featured screen capture application. It has all of the function that you would expect in a desktop snapshot program:  full screen, active window, window control, region, fixed region, and even a freehand option. A setting or two later and you can have all of your screenshots be uploaded via FTP to a web server, or automatically saved into a common screenshot folder.

While I haven’t had much use for it due to Gimp and Paint.NET, PicPick has an image editor built in for manipulating the screens you capture. I know that it covers some basic effects like pixelating, framing, and HSB adjustment. It also will let you freehand draw with a color palette and simple brushes, shapes, and a fill bucket. It’s not really what I’d consider a rich graphical editor, but that’s not why we have it.

It loads fast, sits quietly in the system try until needed, and has never crashed on me. So as far as being one of those utilities that’s more of a burden than it’s worth, PicPick is certainly not the tool you’ll need to turn right around and delete in a month.

While unfortunately not being packaged as a portable application, PicPick is capable of being used entirely from a storage device.

I would only like to see one major feature be added to this application: saved color sets. As a developer/designer, I find that after I build my list of colors for a site or application, I need to get back to those colors often. I would think that it would be fairly easy to implement something like this, and look forward to future versions to see that come to pass.

Snippet: Lipsum

I needed some Lorem Ipsum for a design that I’m working on. So I hit lipsum.com (as always), and it hit me; why in the world couldn’t I turn the lipsum process into a snippet? So here it is. It takes your input and generates replacement words (matching length, and capitalization) extracted from lipsum.com‘s official output (no injection). Now, they say that there are over 200 words in their dictionary, but I generated 100 paragraphs and only ended up with 186 distinct. Oh well. 186 is still pretty good looking. Have fun!

Click here to download the snippet: Lipsum

Sample Input:
Contrary to popular belief, Lorem Ipsum is not simply random text. It has roots in a piece of classical Latin literature from 45 BC, making it over 2000 years old.

Sample Output:
Praesent et natoque libero, Curae Magna id dis aenean montes erat. In hac velit ad a morbi ac convallis Proin vestibulum nibh 45 ID, tempor ut quam 2000 fusce hac.

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