If you develop web applications chances are you spend some of your time hunting for hex values of colours to use in your pages. There are two gadgets for the Vista Sidebar that make this task a lot easier.
First, we have the visually easy-on-the-eye Colour Picker from Microsoft Live Labs.
Colour Picker lets you key in a variety of hex values for your palette, or search for published ones online on the Colour Lovers community website – without leaving the pretty Gadget UI. Very nice 3D effects as you use a colour pipette tool to select the colour you want to work with.
However, Colour Picker gives you no way of mixing your own shades of Red, Blue and Green together. Seems like an odd omission.
Mike’s offering – not yet on the Windows Live Gallery, but available here. Simply adjust the sliders ‘til you get your perfect colour, then you can copy the hex value either straight into your HTML code, or why not use it in conjunction with Microsoft’s Colour Picker to make the perfect colour palette?
If you’re particularly proud of your colour combinations, I guess you could then go as far as to manually upload them to the Colour Lovers community.
So, thanks Mike for making this useful Sidebar Gadget freely available!
*** UPDATE ***
Mike’s Colour Picker SideBar gadget is now available from the Windows Live Gallery