Identifying the correct name of a color online can be hard, and not only for colorblind individuals. Colorblind Assistant, freeware from Achronism Studios, hopes to make this process simpler and more accurate with a streamlined approach and minimal options.
Colorblind Assistant, once installed, has a small unassuming interface that will provide color information on the spot where the mouse is pointed on. The hexadecimal and RGB (red, green, blue) values are displayed under the name of the color. The application is capable of zooming in for even closer color identification, but you won't find any other settings or options.
Colorblind Assistant has a single purpose and it gets the job done with minimal fuss. In addition to being a tool for those who can't see color, it is also a perfect tool for developers who need to replicate exact colors in their designs. One minor issue we found during the test is that the application installed a desktop icon without permission. Otherwise, the app uninstalled cleanly.
Colorblind Assistant is free software that instantly picks the color from the mouse pointer, providing you with a written name of the color, plus RGB values, hexadecimal, brightness and saturation. The software also has a zoom pane for fine pixel detection, and sits nicely in your desktop tray when not in use. Colorblind Assistant runs in a small 192x128 window that you can easily use alongside graphics programs, applications, games, video-editing software and movie players.
March 14, 2013
Version: Colorblind Assistant 1.63
Gives the names of colours in layman terms Unobtrusive design
Seems to read the colour of 1 pixel only. Could be improved by adding a feature allowing the user to set the application to read a 3*3, 5*5, ..., n*n etc pixel average to avoid misreading of colours due to single pixel outliers.
June 24, 2011
Version: Colorblind Assistant 1.4
A nice idea that didn't work in a color sensetive work situation.
A nice idea until you try it.
My friend asked me to tell him if this Colorblind Assistant was worth his effort to use in a very color critical job situation. At first it seemed like such a good idea but as I scanned some very normal photos I noticed if a color such as green or purple was in a tiny bit of shadow, the program said it was gray. Not to my eyes! How disappointing it couldn't tell the difference between Purple and a slightly darker shade of the same color. I found the purples and greens to be especially "off" color. I hated to tell my friend because he was very excited to find this. I agree with the owner/developer. If we don't like what it does, hey, it's free. You get what you pay for!
I have updated the software to address the issue you were having with dark colors being identified as grey. Without input such as yours, a problem such as this can go unnoticed for some time. Thanks for valuable feedback.