OMFG, I just launched Digital Color Meter for the first time since upgrading to Lion. Apple has utterly destroyed it!
The old DCM (Snow Leopard and earlier) was an incredibly useful little utility that allowed me to pick up any color from anywhere on the monitor, in any program, and get the hex value for that color. I could lock DCM onto any single pixel with command-L, copy the hex value to the clipboard, and paste it into a CSS file in my text editor.
No longer. Apple has removed that cabability. Now I can only get the RGB value. That means a trip to Photoshop to enter the RGB value and get the hex color.
But wait! There’s more!
Now I need two — count ‘em, two — keyboard commands, command-x followed by command-y — to freeze the cursor on the color I want.
AND copy-to-clipboard is apparently gone too.
What used to be a quick, simple operation has become a laborious task. Hover the cursor over the color I want. Command-X. Command-Y. Switch to Photoshop. Pull up Photoshop’s color picker. Enter the R value, tab, enter the G value, tab, enter the B value. Click into the the hex color section, highlight, copy. Switch to my text editor. Finally, paste.
I tried copying over my DCM from Snow Leopard. It won’t even launch.
If I can’t find a suitable alternative, I might have to panic.
It boggles the mind when one considers that Apple paid someone to do this to Digital Color Meter.