New version of PixelWindow

PixelWindow (was PixelPerfect) was one of the first AIR applications I wrote, and has turned out to be one of the most useful. I wrote it primarily as a test case for multi-window, custom chrome, transparent, pure ActionScript AIR applications, and I’ve been using it almost daily ever since.

If you’re unfamiliar with PixelWindow, it’s a simple, light-weight AIR application for measuring things on your screen. It creates a translucent window that acts like a pixel ruler with its width and height reported in the center. Just drag it around and resize it to measure whatever you want.

I finally got around to updating PixelWindow, and creating its own site and installer badge. I also added a few new features:

  • You can now measure down to 15×15 pixels. When the ruler gets too small to display the dimensions, they jump outside the window.
  • The ability copy dimensions to your clipboard.
  • The ability to use your keyboard to move rulers by one or five pixels at a time.
  • A help window to remind you of the keyboard shortcuts.

If you use an old version of PixelWindow (probably installed as PixelPerfect), I recommend that you grab the new version. And if you don’t use it, it’s an extremely useful app for any designer or developer to have around. And remember that PixelWindow is open source, so feel free to grab the code to fix bugs, add features, or just to see how it works.

5 Responses to New version of PixelWindow

  1. mark says:

    Dear Christian,I have been following your blog and source codes for AmazonS3 library published.I am trying to write a simple REST based client in EC2, but Amazon always returns a signature mismatch.Please find the link to my problemhttp://developer.amazonwebservices.com/connect/thread.jspa?threadID=32861&tstart=0i tried all combinations, of using the AS3Crypto as well as com.hurlant.com library, but getting the same problem.And there is no sample code on ActionScript for REST API..Thank you for all your time and help in this busy world.

  2. Franto says:

    Hi Christian,URL is not working for me.

  3. Elias Hickman says:

    Thank you for such an easy to use and versatile application.

  4. Ronny says:

    Hello Christian,don’t know if this is the right platform to ask you something about pixel window.I have the little problem that the measuring doesn’t jump out of the window, so I can’t measure small areas on my screen.Any idea?OS: Windows 7 64bit

  5. felix:) says:

    i really love it, love it! Have been waiting for a tool like this for at least ten years. thanks ever so much.