Pipette

Functions

Here you can see a list of all functions available in the program pipette, ordered by the position of the corresponding function. This list is divided into the parts Main Program, Menu and Settings.

Main Program

  • Color and Pipette: The current color is always shown in the color field in the upper left of the main window. If the pipette is active and in use, in the color field the color under the cursor will appear. If a color from the color list is chosen, this color will appear in the color field. Even if the values in the color models are changed, the color will be ajusted automatically. A double-click on the color field adds the current color to the color list.
  • Pipette: A click on this button activates the pipette. Depending on your operating system and your settings (Settings > General > Pipette Mode), colors can be picked up in two different ways: First, you can click on "Pipette", hold your mouse key and release it over the color, you want to pick up. The other way is to click on "Pipette" and after that on the place, from which you would like to catch your color.
  • Color Select Button: With this function, you can use the standard Color Dialog of your operating system to select a color. After the selection, the color is displayed in the color field and translated to all of the color models. In the color dialog, automatically the current color of the color field is pre-selected. So it is possible to modify the current color even by using the color dialog.
  • Color List: In the color list, colors can be saved, for example to recall them again. Behind a small box with the color, there are the absolute values from the RGB Color Space. When you select a color from the color list, it is shown in the color field and as values in the color models automatically. With the key DEL you can delete single colors, with the function "File > Clear Color List" from the menu you can clear the whole list. It is also possible to move colors with the mouse.
  • Representation in the Color Models: In these boxes, the selected color is displayed as values in the various color models automatically. All values can be adjusted either with the keyboard manually, with the top-and-down buttons or the mouse wheel. In the settings you can determine how many steps the value should go down or up during adjusting. For using the mouse, just click in the appropriate box and begin rotating the mouse wheel. Behind each row, there is a button with which the values of the corresponding row can be copied to the clipboard automatically. In the settings you can both adjust how many decimal places should be used for this (Settings > General) and if there should be copied units or other characters with the values at the same time (Settings > Clipboard). The values for xyz are often not considered as a triple but in the form Yxy. Again, you can adjust this in the settings under "Settings > Clipboard" (see also XYZ-Color Model for this issue).

Menu

  • File > Save Colorlist: Stores the color list to a text file. The colors will be saved as RGB values, one per line.
  • File > Load Colorlist: Loads colors from a text file to the list. The colors must be represented in the RGB format with one color per line. The colors will be added to the current colors in the list.
  • File > Clear Colorlist: Deletes all colors from the color list
  • File > Close (ESC): Quits the program Pipette
  • Settings > General / Clipboard / Language Settings / Save or Load Settings: Information regarding the settings, you can find in the section settings.
  • Online > Internet Addresses: Here you can find some interesting Internet Addesses on the theme. They will open automatically when you click on the corresponding menu item. If you would like to open the web pages manually, you are also free to enter the address in your browser by your own. For example, on this pages you can get some background information about the used color models and the used termes.
  • Information: On the one hand, this buttons takes you to the online representation of the pipette, where you can find the help section for example. On the other hand you can find a brief summary on the functionality, the licence and some other information.

Settings

  • Settings > General > Color Model Values > Decimal Places: Here it is specified, whether and how many decimal places are used for all values
  • Settings > General > Color Model Values > Increment/decrement per mouse wheel or up-down buttons: The value entered here indicates how many steps the value of an input field is increased or decreased when using the mouse wheel or the up-and-down buttons behind the input fields. Both integer and decimal values with any accuracy are allowed.
  • Settings > General > Adding Color to Color List: Here, you can select at which actions (clicking on the color field, general moving of the mouse, releasing the mouse button) a color should be added to the color list. Additionally, you can specify, that a color should only be added to the list in the case, it is not yet in the list.
  • Settings > General > Pipette Mode: The Pipette-button can be used in two different modes. Either you can pick up a color by clicking "Pipette", holding your mouse button down and realising the mouse button over the color you want to fetch or the color can be picked up by clicking "Pipette" and just clicking again on the place, on which your desired color is. For windows, both modes are contamplable, on some systems such as Linux or Mac OS X only the second mode works.
  • Settings > Clipboard: The main program is offering comfortable ways to copy the color values to the clipboard. Here you can adjust whether the values should be copied with or without a units to the clipboard. If you activate the option "Copy to Clipboard with Units", the delimiters and units specified here are used and written before, between and behind the color values. If that option is deactivated, only spaces will be used.
    In the fields, you are able to specify for each color model exactly, which strings or units should be used before, between or after the values. The default setting is the percent sign for percent values, the degree (for hue), the diamond in the hexadecimal notation and spaces between the individual values. You can reset the default setting with the button "Standard". Remember no to forget spaces if they should be between the individual values. The characters between the input boxes in the window indicate the position of the respective values in the color coding. For example the line "HEX: InputField1 H InputField2" means that the string from InputField1 is written before and the string from InputField2 is written behind the hexadezimal code, if it is copied to the clipboard.
    A peculiarity arises when copying the values for xyz. With these values, it is customary not to copy all of the three values but taking Y to the values. Usually the values Yxy are used, because z results from the values x and y. So in this window it is possible to choose to copy xyz or Yxy by using the button behin the line xyz. Simply click on the appropriate line at the bottom of the window. For details on the specifications of this color model, see the section XYZ color model.
  • System Integration: Here you can find some settings for linking files with the program or for configuring the Auto Start. You can find more information about that in the help section about System Integration.
  • Settings > Language: Here you can find the possibility to change the language of the application. With the button "Save Language", you can store the selected language, otherwise, the program is trying to start with the language of your operating system. If this language is not available, you can gladly help to translate.
  • Settings > Save: Here you can find possibilities to save your settings or profiles for your settings. More information about this, you get on the information page about storing settings.