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    Default Cool Picker plugin update ([edit] now v2.03)

    Hi all
    I know I've been sitting on this since Feb, but I have just updated Cool Picker (a 3ds max plugin) to version 2.01.
    The big change is the addition of a picker that allows you to pick any color from ANYWHERE on your screen. Using this, you can pick colors from
    * webpages
    * bitmaps
    * windows buttons
    * menu bars
    * icons
    literally anything you can get your cursor over. This new feature can literally pick colors from itself. I thought that was pretty cool. And for those who don't know what a time saver this can be:
    Have you ever had to pick a color from an image to get it into a material shader? Usually the process was to
    1. save the image to your computer,
    2. load it in photoshop,
    3. use the eye dropper to sample the color in the image,
    4. open up the photoshop color picker,
    5. write down the RGB values on a piece of paper!!!!!,
    6. then enter the RGB values by hand back into 3ds max.
    With the screen picker, now all you have to do is click and your done.
    And remember the best part: It's free!
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    Chris J.
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    Default Re: Cool Picker plugin update (v2.01)

    Will it work with VIZ 2006? didn't see an obvious answer on the web site from my cursorary viewing.
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    Default Re: Cool Picker plugin update (v2.01)

    This will work in:

    Max 6 is equivalent to Viz 2005
    Max 7 is equivalent to Viz 2006
    Max 8 is equivalent to Viz 2007 (when that comes out I guess)

    It was compiled against the Max 7 SDK, but it should work just fine in Max 6 as none of that functionality changed from Max 6 to 7.

    Chris J.

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    Default Re: Cool Picker plugin update (v2.01)

    Thanks! I will have to check it out.
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    Default Re: Cool Picker plugin update (v2.01)

    oooooo thanks a bunch for this .... saves me a lot of time figuring out rgb numbers

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    Default Re: Cool Picker plugin update (v2.01)

    I know Im gonna sound stupid for asking this....but I can't seem to find where to access it once it's loaded?

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    Default Re: Cool Picker plugin update (v2.01)

    Go to you menu. Select Customize> Preferences.
    Select the General Tab, and in the UI display group select a new version of your color picker.

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    Default Re: Cool Picker plugin update (v2.01)

    I would have never thought to look there! Thanks.

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    Default Re: Cool Picker plugin update (v2.01)

    Along this line, just recently got a cool tip. From either the Image Viewer or the Asset Browser or the Render Window; place the cursor on a color and "right-click". The color gets copied next to the little square on the top bar. You can then click and drag that color to any color swatch, be it diffuse, ambient; etc.

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    Default Another Cool Picker plugin update (v2.02)

    I've now updated coolpicker to version 2.02.

    Now when the screen picker mouse icon leaves the 3ds max window it will retain the special screen picker icon, instead of reverting back to the standard windows Icon. (I had to dig deep in the MSDN for that one)

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