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ColorExplorer is a tool for exploring the color space and finding out how colors, color names, and numerical color specifications are related. The user can specify a color by selecting its name from a list of color names, by adjusting sliders that control the mixture of red, green, and blue, by entering a numerical color specification, by copying it from the history list or elsewhere on the display, or by requesting a random color. The numerical specification of the current color and an example of that color are shown in a pair of adjacent boxes. The color name list may be searched by entering a regular expression or by requesting the closest match to the current color.

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Recent releases

  •  15 Apr 2008 07:38

    Release Notes: This release detects Tcl/Tk 8.5 or later under X11 and adapts font sizes appropriately. It makes cosmetic changes to the About and Help popups and adds program and system information. The license is now GPL version 3. Executables for major platforms are now available.

    •  28 Apr 2007 08:00

      Release Notes: The main window and the history list may now be kept raised above other windows if so desired.

      •  05 May 2006 22:47

        Release Notes: It is now possible to copy the color from a chosen pixel on the display if your window system is X11.The ordering of color names now groups similar colors better. Positioning of the color name balloons has been improved.

        •  02 May 2006 13:40

          Release Notes: The option of using HTML/CSS values for color names has been added. Color names are now listed alphabetically.

          •  28 Feb 2006 10:11

            Release Notes: A history list was added. Whenever a color is selected, it is added to the history list. The history list may be displayed with text showing the numerical color specification over a background in the color. Double-clicking on a history entry makes it the current color.

            Recent comments

            01 Jan 2006 16:40 billposer

            Re: exactly what I needed!
            I'm glad you find it useful. I've just posted a modified version that allows copying and pasting the color specification and gives you a choice between hexadecimal and decimal. I'll look into adding CMYK.

            01 Jan 2006 12:47 faboo

            exactly what I needed!
            this program is precisely what I was looking for. the "find" feature, though, is _really_ handy. the only other features I'd like: more numeric representations (decimal, CMYK), and the ability to copy a numeric representation to the clipboard.


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