DigitalColor Meter is now pretty useless.

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by ConnorCG, Jul 21, 2011.

  1. ConnorCG macrumors member

    Jan 18, 2011
    I know this is something that not a lot of people use often, if at all, but I just fired up DigitalColor meter to check the color code on something, and I was greeted with this:


    There used to be options for different hex values (for web development), and some other things, but now the only options are color-profile based. Why would they remove something like that?
  2. Intell macrumors P6


    Jan 24, 2010
    I agree that it is now limited. I copied the version from Snow Leopard and it seems to work without an issue.
  3. ConnorCG thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 18, 2011
    I'll have to restore it from a backup then. How did you go about doing that exactly?
  4. Intell macrumors P6


    Jan 24, 2010
    I renamed Lion's version "Digital Colour Meter Lion" and copied over Snow Leopard's. I then duplicated Snow Leopard's in case a future update messes with it.
  5. ConnorCG thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 18, 2011
    Hmm, I am not allowed to modify it because it "is needed by OS X."
  6. Intell macrumors P6


    Jan 24, 2010
    Odd, are you logged in as an Admin? Try coping it to your Desktop, renaming the Desktop one, deleting the Utilities folder one, coping the renamed Desktop one into the Utilities folder.
  7. sstringer macrumors newbie

    Apr 15, 2009
    I tried this with great anticipation, but it looks like doing this will result in a crash in the final release of Lion. Boo.

    I can't imagine what the Apple folks were thinking when they took the ability to copy the color code out of an app that has remain unchanged for... what? ten?... years. I use(d) this app daily for web development. Now I'm scrambling for a replacement.
  8. cs45977 macrumors newbie

    Jul 24, 2011
    If anyone figures this out

    I tried the restore as well but no luck.

    Why would apple do this !?!?!

    If anyone figures out how o get the hex values on the new digitalcolor meter
    or another painless method. I'd love to hear about it.
  9. timothevs macrumors 6502


    Nov 17, 2007
    This just confounds me. What in the world was Apple thinking... Was it actually someone's job to go in and "remove" functionality from this app? Wow.
  10. HiRez macrumors 603


    Jan 6, 2004
    Western US
    This is a long shot, but did anyone try holding down the Option key while dropping down the menu? I remember Displays in System Preferences would only show you non-standard choices when you did this. Why hex would be hidden, I don't know, but it's worth a shot.

    Also, here's a workaround for it, but you need some setup:
  11. steerpikegg macrumors member

    Nov 19, 2007
  12. netnothing macrumors 68040


    Mar 13, 2007
    Will have to admit....ColorSnapper is a nice app so far.

    For anyone looking for a free alternative.....I used to use Pipette (before I found ColorSnapper):

    It's free and was just updated to work with Lion.

  13. iccir macrumors newbie

    Jul 27, 2011
    Cupertino, CA
    You can also try my app, Classic Color Meter, at

    It replicates almost all functionality of Snow Leopard's DigitalColor Meter.

    The only missing features that I haven't implemented are "Click in swatch copies color to clipboard" and "Drag in swatch drags out the color". I couldn't find any actual use cases for either of these. If you need them, let me know!

    - Ricci
  14. podium06 macrumors newbie

    Nov 12, 2009
    it is not useless

    look under
    view --> display values
    and mark "as hexadecimal"

    and there you have it.
    good as before.
    even a bit better...

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