November 12, 2004

Firefox plugin of the day: ColorZilla

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Almost every day I discover something new and cool about Firefox. Today I had a screenshot of a mock up for the new "My comments" screen for BlogBuilder, I had it open in Firefox. I just wanted to pick a few colours from the image but couldn't be bothered to fire up Photoshop just to grab a few colours.

ColorZilla to the rescue. ColorZilla is a Firefox extension that sits in the bottom status bar and lets you do all sorts of handy color picking features. It has a built in colour picker tool and an eye-dropper to pick any colour off the screen, even with a zoom function. It then lets you copy to the clipboard various ways of expressing that colour, such as #27657f, 27657f, rgb(15%, 40%, 50%), rgb(39, 101, 127). Great stuff.

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  1. Steve Rumsby

    Weatherfox is quite neat…

    And don't forget Sage for watching the RSS feeds from your favorite WarwickBlogs:-)

    12 Nov 2004, 11:54

  2. I like Firefox even more now – no more form testing by typing random letters into all the boxes :)

    12 Nov 2004, 12:23

  3. Firefox has some nice features but less than 50% of the plugins I've tried have worked at all. I wonder if they have MS assumptions in them. There are other irritations like it can't find most of my fonts, and its password inserter requires an extra click to select which name you want to enter even if you only have one. On the other hand Mozilla has some irritations too which Firefox fixes so I guess I'll stick with it for now.

    12 Nov 2004, 13:17

  4. Ahh, I'd not realised there were compatibility problems like that. I suppose I should have guessed. It is unlikely that the extensions or Firefox for that matter get tested as well on non-Windows boxes.

    12 Nov 2004, 13:47

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