Hi there! I’m Sarah. I’m a wife and a mom, and I’m an illustrator who does web design/administration work.
Some time back I wanted something for keeping colors organized for my projects. My husband, Mike, happens to be a software engineer, so he whipped me up something called syscolors. It lived in the system tray, and it was a color pallet app, get it? To use this: in edit mode I could add colors, other than that, I could click on the icon in the system tray, my palette would pop up, and the hex code for the color I clicked on would be in my clipboard. That’s it. Oh, and I had to keep the txt file it created on my desktop to keep my palette. The neat part about that was that if I knew what colors I wanted I could open the text file and just edit my palette and the order of my colors at any time. I almost never did that, though. I used this tool for years. It was in my windows startup stuff to just open if I restarted my computer, because I always got irritated if I was in Photoshop wanting a color and that wasn’t there waiting for me.
It’s neat having a helpful software engineer for a husband. He’s also written me a password generator, as well as something he did for both of us that would scrub extra spaces from text copied into the clipboard.
Recently, he asked me what other features I might want to add to it if he wanted to update it. He spend some time clacking away, and then had me check out the new version. When I told him a list of people I could think of who might like it, we agreed more people might like it. We’re releasing a beta for this. If you found us and check it out, please drop us a line letting us know what you thought of it. Features missing? Anything not working the way you expect it to? Please tell us!
What is ColorCoder?
ColorCoder is the solution to managing project color palettes for web developers and graphic designers.
- Organize colors in each palette
- Manage multiple palettes in project directories
- Color Grabbing from anywhere on your screen
- Blend existing colors to create secondary palette colors
- Random color generator for those moments when you just don’t know where to go next
- Share palettes to collaborate with coworkers or friends
- Move palettes to your desired location and lock them
- Click the palette to copy the color hex to your clipboard, or into your keyboard buffer
- Easy to bring into your workflow with any of your other programs
I really enjoy using it. I hope that if it sounds like it might make something easier, that you’ll check it out. If you think of a feature that would make it more awesome, do let us know.