PixelStick

Version: 2.4 || Release Date: 2012-10-01 || License: Shareware ($7) Developer: Plum Amazing | App Owner: juliankauai

PixelStick is a tool for measuring distances, angles and colors in any app on the screen.

PhotoShop has distance, angle and color tools but they only work in PhotoShop. PixelStick works in any app and anywhere on screen anytime and costs a hundred times less. Excellent for designers or anyone who wants to measure a distance on their screen in any window or application.

PixelStick is a measuring tool you can pinch and stretch to measure anything on your screen. Use the eyedropper to copy colors in 4 formats (CSS, RGB, RGB hex, HTML) to the clipboard for use in any app.

Its like an onscreen virtual ruler that you can use vertically, horizontally and at any angle to measure distances, angles and much more just by dragging.

Supports the scaling in Google Maps, Yahoo Maps, and Photoshop. Also has Customized (user settable) scaling options.

Most of what PixelStick does is obvious. Drag the endpoints to change the measurement. Click the locks to constrain the movement. Launch it, play around, no more limitations to just one app in measuring distance, angle and color.

PixelStick is a measuring tool you can pinch and stretch to measure anything on your screen.

Use

PixelStick is totally intuitive and works exactly like what you would hope for. PixelStick sits in the frontmost position on the screen. Drag the endpoints to change the measurement. Click the locks to constrain the movement. Drag to change the angle. See the changes and info in the small on screen info panel.

Coordinate System

PixelStick uses a Cartesian coordinate system like the OS X coordinate system. This means that the origin (pixel 0,0) is at the lower left corner of the screen. However, OS X deals mainly in points, whereas PixelStick is all about pixels. A point has no width and resides between pixels.

Distances

PixelStick reports both pixel distance and pixel difference.

The pixel distance includes the width of the PixelStick endpoints. This is so that the actual size of the item being measured is reported. The pixel difference merely subtracts the coordinates.

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4 Opinions

Thanks for letting me download & try before I purchased it. I wanted an app with a zoom mode for fine-tuning and this has it. It also has a color eyedropper built in, so I have everything I need in one spot. Works great!

Pretty rare to see an application which works as quickly and cleanly as this one. Very impressed!

Very nice. The scaling feature for measuring miles in Google Maps, etc. is fun - don't know how useful it is, but it's a neat idea. The rest is very compact and does just what it's supposed to. The fact that it can be always on top is excellent.

Very nice little app for web development and other graphic create/modification.

If you need a lot more features you'll want to check out Free Ruler, but I prefer PixelStick for almore everything.