35 comments

  • Matt BaxterMatt Baxter, over 6 years ago (edited over 6 years ago )

    Great work!

    A tip for anyone who might want to run this as a color picker for any application you're in, you can make a standalone application of the Mac color picker by opening the AppleScript Editor, type in:

    choose color

    then save it as a standalone application.

    5 points
  • Miguel Solorio, over 6 years ago

    This may be a dumb question, but how do I use it? After installing it and restarting my apps (Photoshop + Illustrator) I'm not seeing any options for choosing a different color picker. Details in the installation instructions would be helpful as well.

    2 points
    • Marc Edwards, over 6 years ago (edited over 6 years ago )

      This may be a dumb question, but how do I use it?

      It’s a standard OS X color picker. It is available in most Mac apps that work with color (Keynote, Pages, TextEdit, Acorn, Pixelmator etc).

      After installing, reopen the app you’d like to use the picker in, then open the app’s color picker. In TextEdit, this can be done by pressing ⇧⌘C.

      Details in the installation instructions would be helpful as well.

      We have some info in the installer, but maybe it’s not enough: https://i.imgur.com/Idqos8h.png

      We also have some help here: http://bjango.com/help/skalacolor/gettingstarted/

      I’ll be adding even more to the help very soon.

      0 points
      • Miguel Solorio, over 6 years ago

        Thanks for the reply! I did read the installer helper and documentation on the site but still didn't find clear how-to instructions. Is this supported in Adobe CC apps?

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        • Marc Edwards, over 6 years ago

          Is this supported in Adobe CC apps?

          Sort of.

          Photoshop can change from using Adobe’s color picker to the standard OS X color picker. I have noticed there’s quite a few issues when doing this though — the color picker doesn’t update live and I’m not entirely sure everything’s right with color management.

          So I wouldn’t really recommend using Skala Color with Photoshop, but it’s great with other apps.

          I don’t think there’s any way to use the standard OS X color picker in any other Adobe apps.

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  • Jake Lazaroff, over 6 years ago

    Question: what does "Skala" mean?

    2 points
    • Marc EdwardsMarc Edwards, over 6 years ago

      Please ask again when Skala (the bigger design tool) has been released. The name and logo relate to some core functionality we’re not ready to announce just yet.

      0 points
  • David McKinneyDavid McKinney, over 6 years ago

    I've been using this in Xcode so I can pick hex values, and it's also really handy to be able to generate NSColor and UIColor from hex for dev.

    e.g. input hex and you get: [UIColor colorWithRed:0 green:0.689 blue:0.867 alpha:1]

    The precision steps in the slider are excellent for control.

    2 points
  • Suleiman Leadbitter, over 6 years ago

    Awesome. Thank you very much. I use Pixelmator so this is perfect.

    Great job guys. :)

    1 point
  • Jeff BroderickJeff Broderick, over 6 years ago

    This is an amazing tool! It has replaced all my color pickers for a few weeks now. Highly recommended!

    1 point
  • Nick TassoneNick Tassone, over 6 years ago

    Nice work, Marc! I'll be using this all the time.

    1 point
  • Meng ToMeng To, over 6 years ago

    This will come insanely useful for Xcode designers and developers. Can't wait for Skala Preview.

    1 point
  • Brett JonesBrett Jones, over 6 years ago

    Fantastic work Marc.

    The quality and attention to detail given to the colour picker alone make me very interested in giving Skala a spin once it ships — can't wait!

    1 point
    • Marc Edwards, over 6 years ago

      Thank you! This really is only a tiny glimpse into what we have planned. We’re working as fast as we can!

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  • Stephen GraceStephen Grace, over 6 years ago (edited over 6 years ago )

    Nice work Marc! Resolves some fundamental gripes I've had with the color picker for a long time. Only a matter of time before OS X starts shipping with your ideas built in.

    1 point
  • Marc Edwards, over 6 years ago

    Feel free to ask me anything about Skala Color. We plan to support more formats in the future, so if you have suggestions, fire away!

    I really love the precision slider — it lets a 250px wide slider easily select all 360 hue degrees, even giving you few of pixels for each degree.

    Feedback welcome!

    1 point
  • Arun DadhwalArun Dadhwal, over 6 years ago

    I am not able to fill colors using mac default color picker in sketch 3.0, as a result can't use Skala color also. It is working fine in TextEdit though. Is there some preference/setting that 'enables' the Default color picker of Mac OS in Sketch 3.0?

    0 points
    • Marc EdwardsMarc Edwards, over 6 years ago

      Not that I’ve found. It’s broken for me also, but it seems like it is working for many people. It’s fine in Sketch 2.

      I don’t know why. If you find out more info or find a solution, please let me know! (Twitter may be the best way to let me know: @marcedwards.)

      0 points
  • Colm TuiteColm Tuite, over 6 years ago

    Dem nav links.

    0 points
  • Jonathan YapJonathan Yap, over 6 years ago

    Thanks Marc + Bjango team! There is finally another good tool that goes to my OSX improvement folder.

    I predominately use HSLA to find and create colour palettes, especially in those Apple software like Keynote. What I find really useful in other tools like Photoshop and Sketch is the ability to nudge (shift+up/down) HSLA value by 10 in the individual input to create tints.

    colour

    Any idea if you are going to investigate an option in this direction or would there be some limitations around this?

    0 points
    • Marc Edwards, over 6 years ago

      What I find really useful in other tools like Photoshop and Sketch is the ability to nudge (shift+up/down) HSLA value by 10 in the individual input to create tints.

      I agree — that’s a great feature. Apple’s standard color pickers already covered a lot of similar features (separate input fields for RGB and HSB etc), so for this first version, we wanted to focus on something that worked a little differently. But when we integrate it into Skala I think we will eventually add more methods.

      Any idea if you are going to investigate an option in this direction or would there be some limitations around this?

      There are some limitations to standard OS X color pickers, but inside Skala itself we will be able to do anything. This is just a starting point.

      1 point
  • George PapadakisGeorge Papadakis, over 6 years ago

    Said it already, but will say it again.

    Love it, really well done!

    There are a couple bits you could add to make it even better, but I am sure you will.

    Also, how about releasing it (eventually) as a standalone app (having it that way always available in the menu bar)?

    0 points
  • Account deleted over 6 years ago

    I'm a huge fan of Frank DeLoupe... especially because of the PS sync. I'll check this out though, simply because I love Preview.

    http://www.jumpzero.com/frank/

    0 points
    • Marc Edwards, over 6 years ago

      Skala Color is pretty different to Frank DeLoupe. You could definitely use both in conjunction with each other. We can all be friends. :)

      0 points
  • Shaun TollertonShaun Tollerton, over 6 years ago

    This is gonna be so handy. Thanks Marc.

    0 points