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xScope

Measure. Inspect. Test.

Version History

xScope Mirror 1.3.1

July 2014

Bug Fixes

  • Compatibility with iOS 8

xScope 4.0

June 2014

General

  • Modern Interface - Re-designed for increased usability and a fresh new look
  • Retina Display - Fully supported
  • OS X Support - Runs on Mountain Lion, Mavericks and Yosemite
  • Optimized Performance - Lower CPU and GPU usage for improved battery life
  • Photoshop Integration - Documents stay put when using xScope's tools
  • Screenshot hot key now works for Dimensions, Overlay, Screens, Loupe & Frames
  • New Access panel: preference window fits better on 11" MacBook Air
  • Menubar defaults to single icon (so 10 tools don't use too much space)
  • Preferences window appears more quickly after first launch
  • Added a dark icon option for the Dock

Overlay new

  • Enhances Your Web Browser - Attaches to window to make development easier
  • Alignment Marks - Check positioning & distances in px/em/pt and percentages
  • Mockup Image - A transparent design comp over your HTML and CSS code
  • Grids with Breakpoints - Grid systems that stay in sync with your media queries
  • Cycle Breakpoints - Quickly check your design at all sizes used in your CSS
  • Full-page Screenshot - Get a picture of your whole web page
  • Works with iOS Simulator - Great for testing in Safari or developing native apps

Text new

  • Powerful Search - For name or tag in any of the 100,000+ Unicode characters
  • Decipher Text - Deciphers text entities, encodings, constants, and more!
  • Automatic Reformat - Automatically corrects Windows-1252 (Latin) text
  • Convert Format - Output text as a string, entities, URL encoding, and more!
  • Measure Glyphs - Shows line, character or web layout: including font metrics & CSS
  • Character Palette - A handy place to collect commonly used Unicode characters

Mirror

  • Mirror Templates - Automatically shows icon or wallpaper mockup on iOS
  • AirPlay Mirroring - Show your files & Photoshop documents on an Apple TV
  • Photoshop Document Lock - Prevent updates when switching between PSD files

Dimensions

  • Now picks up solid colors more easily: helpful when working on "flat" designs

Rulers

  • Multiple Rulers - Compare measurements on a pair of screen elements
  • Ruler Synchronization - Keeps length & angles of rulers in sync when comparing

Screens

  • De-retinizer - Quick simulation on Retina display of a normal display
  • Updated sizes for iOS 7 & 8 - includes standard UI components & Safari sizes

Loupe

  • Reference Color Format - For example, work in hex color while viewing RGB format
  • Magnified Dimensions - The tool you know and love, working in a closeup view
  • Compact Interface - UI refinements make better use of screen real estate

Guides

  • Quick Guide Selection - New keys that let you keep hands on the keyboard
  • Any Display - You're no longer limited to just a left or right display

Frames

  • Spacing Grid - Show a regularly spaced interval: digital graph paper for your design
  • Quick Guide Selection - New keys that let you keep hands on the keyboard
  • Any Display - You're no longer limited to just a left or right display

Bug Fixes

  • The preferences window now remembers its last position and selected panel
  • Fixed display problems on Ruler when moving to a different screen
  • Ruler position indicators no longer appear when switching between pt & px setting
  • Fixed Guides/Frames problems after launching on a newly attached external display
  • Removed "Center Follows Ruler" since it no longer makes sense with multiple rulers
  • Fixed a drawing problem with ratio indicator on a Frame
  • Undo will no longer make the purchase window unresponsive in some situations

xScope 3.6.3

December 2013

Improvements

  • SmartTools no longer steal keyboard focus from the app being selected

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed some tools that weren't remembering their visibility across launches
  • Fixed a check of the Spaces configuration when displaying preferences

xScope 3.6.2

October 2013

Bug Fixes

  • Mirror will now start up correctly on an empty desktop
  • Default guide and frame no longer appears unnecessarily
  • Fixed a problem with the Mirror’s clipboard mode not starting up correctly
  • Display spanning check now works correctly after an OS X upgrade

xScope Mirror 1.3

October 2013

Improvements

  • Updated for iOS 7

Notes

  • xScope Mirror can be used to test on older devices: supports iOS 5 and later

xScope 3.6.1

July 2013

New Features

  • Lower CPU and GPU usage for improved battery life

Improvements

  • Tools are more responsive
  • Improved tools when using Displays that use separate Spaces
  • Loupe now shows mouse position on centerlines

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed a problem where Screens content would disappear
  • Menu bar is now visible at launch on all versions of OS X
  • Fixed a problem with toggling the position indicator on the Crosshairs
  • The Presbyopia vision simulation now adapts to the Retina display
  • Removed an unnecessary shadow on the Loupe lock

xScope 3.6

June 2013

New Features

  • Dimensions – Improved edge detection, especially when measuring over gradients
  • Dimensions – Options in Preferences to adjust edge detection sensitivity

Improvements

  • Frames – Added 5x5, 6x6, 7x7, 8x8 and 9x9 grids
  • Frames – Preference panel now has option to always show origin
  • Mirror – Increased maximum size of Photoshop documents to 6000x6000 pixels
  • Loupe – Added support for short hex colors (i.e. #3fc instead of #33ffcc)
  • Crosshairs – New preference that adjusts color automatically for maximum contrast

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed bug with Dimensions, Guides and Frames disappearing when using the escape key
  • Corrected the aspect ratio display when using Dimensions
  • The Crosshair coordinates no longer appear when attaching an external monitor

xScope Mirror 1.2.3

June 2013

Improvement

  • Mirror can display in all orientations on iPhone

xScope 3.5.2

December 2012

New Features

  • Create a new guide or frame by holding down the Option key while dragging the item

Bug Fixes

  • Open and save dialogs now work correctly for saving screenshots and managing color palette
  • The General preference panel now fits on an 11" MacBook air screen
  • Fixed a problem with some mirrored images from a Photoshop connection being too big

xScope 3.5.1

October 2012

Improvements

  • Added new default screen templates for iPad 3 (Retina) and iPhone 5 (Tall Screen)

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed problems with Ruler marks redrawing correctly in some cases
  • Fixed a problem with screen selection being restored correctly at launch
  • Changed the minimum version number from 10.6.6 to 10.7

xScope Mirror 1.2.2

September 2012

Improvement

  • Updated for larger iPhone 5 screen

xScope 3.5

September 2012

New Features

  • Now supports measuring Retina Display
    • See the xScope Help for more information on how xScope measures this new display
  • A Photoshop document can now be Mirrored while you edit: display on iOS without saving files
    • See the Mirror help for setup instructions

Improvements

  • Graphics updated for Retina display
  • The Ruler colors can now be inverted, making measuring on dark backgrounds easier
  • Alignment marks can be displayed on the Ruler: see new Keyboard Shortcuts in Help
  • Improved gridline contrast and measuring tool in Loupe
  • Tools now work in full screen apps running on Lion and Mountain Lion
  • xScope no longer forces the discrete GPU on systems with multiple processors

Bug Fixes

  • Horizontal Guides on multiple displays now keep the dragging control on screen
  • Fixed a bug where Rulers would sometimes create a strange knocked out area of the screen
  • The Control-Arrow keys used to adjust tool positions were changed to Option-Arrow so there’s no conflict with switching Spaces

xScope 3.2.2

June 2012

Improvements

  • Added support for Gatekeeper in Mountain Lion

xScope 3.2.1

May 2012

Improvements

  • ACO files created by xScope now include a color name that shows up when you hover over the swatch in Photoshop

Bug Fixes

  • Double-clicking an ACO file created with xScope is now imported by Photoshop correctly
  • CSS hsl() output now uses the correct colorspace (not HSB)
  • Fixed a crash when saving large Acorn files

xScope 3.2

May 2012

New Features

  • Added support for CSS hsl() colors in the Loupe
  • Acorn image files can now be used with the Mirror tool

Improvements

  • Added Dribbble preset in Screens preferences for quick screenshots

Bug Fixes

  • SmartTools application names are no longer editable
  • Bringing xScope to the front is automatically disabled when SmartTools are enabled

xScope 3.1.1

March 2012

Improvements

  • Adobe safe and center-cut areas added to the 16:9 section in the Screens tool

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed a bug that caused the Ruler to report incorrect measurements when using Universal Access’ screen zooming feature
  • Fixed a bug that prevented xScope from becoming the frontmost app on launch

xScope Mirror 1.2.1

March 2012

New Features

  • Graphics updated for new Retina devices

Improvements

  • App now returns to the server list screen when disconnected from a device

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed a bug that caused the lock state in the Mirror to turn off when a new or updated image was sent to the app

xScope 3.1

February 2012

New Features

  • The Mirror tool can now also display files and clipboard contents
    • Makes it easy to preview and test images by dragging them onto the Dock icon
    • Helps while working with large Retina graphics on a small screen
  • Guides now have a preference setting to place controls on any screen edge

Improvements

  • Updated help to explain new Mirror gestures and functionality

Bug Fixes

  • The Mirror confirmation dialog no longer gets trapped behind other tool windows
  • Ruler position indicators are no longer off by one pixel with Wacom tablets
  • Top-to-bottom display arrangements work correctly when mirroring the desktop

xScope Mirror 1.2

February 2012

New Features

  • The image preview can be scaled 1:2, 1:1 or 2:1
    • Makes it easy to test Retina comps on non-Retina devices (and vice versa)
    • Use the button on the control panel, double tap, or pinch to zoom
  • Images now snap to the edge of the screen while dragging
  • The image can be saved in Photos, on the clipboard or emailed for sharing or later viewing

Improvements

  • The list of computers is displayed with oldest first: easier to track when many users are using xScope
  • Tap and hold to display control panel while locked (improves usability testing)

Bug Fixes

  • Images with transparency are now handled correctly

xScope 3.0.1

January 2012

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed layout problems with the in-app Help
  • Fixed a Loupe bug preventing colors from being pasted into apps like Photoshop and BBEdit
  • Fixed a Crosshair bug that prevented the y origin from being re-centered
  • Fixed a crash in the Loupe when using Japanese input methods
  • Fixed a bug that prevented xScope from checking for updates on first run

xScope Mirror 1.1

January 2012

Improvements

  • Improved scanning of Wi-Fi network for xScope desktop application

xScope 3.0

January 2012

General

  • Modern Interface – Re-designed for increased usability and a fresh new look
  • SmartTools – Turns tools on or off depending on what apps you’re using
  • Optimized code base – Launches faster, greatly improved performance
  • Screen Awareness – Self aware tools to keep them from staying off screen
  • Custom Toolbar – Change the size of xScope’s toolbar to fit your workspace
  • Space-Saving Menubar – Display individual menubar tools as a single item

Mirror new

  • Requires the xScope Mirror App for IOS – http://xScopeApp.com/ios
  • Remote Viewing – View any Mac window on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch
  • Pin & Lock – Move the Mac window anywhere & it always has focus on iOS
  • Chromeless UI – No overlaid chrome to get in the way while you work
  • Multiple iOS devices can connect and view the same window on a single Mac

Dimensions

  • Pattern Recognition – Measures properly on patterned or noisy backgrounds
  • Screen Capture – ⇧⌘7 screencaps the current measurement
  • Improved performance when measuring photographs

Rulers

  • Edge Snapping – Holding control key while dragging now snaps to edges
  • Increased Readability – Redesigned to provide increased usability

Screens

  • Platform Sizes – Organized by platforms: iOS, Android, Mac, Win & TV
  • Updated Resolutions – New resolutions including latest Mac and iOS models
  • Edge Snapping – Holding control key while dragging now snaps to edges
  • Vision Simulation – Simulate vision defects like color blindness & presbyopia
  • Ability to snap screenshots from Screens
  • Collapsable sidebar for compact display

Loupe

  • Color Palette – Collect your favorite color swatches with ⇧⌘C
  • Import/Export Colors – Save out or import .ACO color swatch files
  • Color Formats – Cycle through color formats to fit your project’s needs
  • Intelligent Gridlines – Auto adjusts color of grid & centerlines for visibility
  • Magnify Modes – Under the cursor or what’s directly under the Loupe
  • Vision Simulation – Simulate vision defects like color blindness & presbyopia
  • Added CSS3 rgb() and HTML names for displayed colors
  • Collapsable sidebar for compact display
  • Zooms up to 1600%

Guides

  • Per Screen Control – Show guides on the left, right or both displays
  • Simple Interface Mode – Hide guide handles when in the background
  • Automatic adjustment of measurements so they stay visible at screen edges
  • Undo (⌘Z) for closed guides

Frames

  • Edge Snapping – Holding control key while dragging now snaps to edges
  • Per Screen Control – Show frames on the left, right or both displays
  • Simple Interface Mode – Hide frame controls when in the background
  • Shrink Mode – ⇧⌘5 to shrink a selection and create a frame
  • Undo (⌘Z) for closed frames

Crosshair

  • Design or Develop Mode – Change origin from the upper-left to lower-left

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed a bug on Leopard that displayed junk pixels when the Loupe was at the screen's right edge
  • Fixed a bug creating new guides and frames when the menubar wasn't on the selected display
  • Using Ctrl+Wheel or ⌥⌘= to zoom no longer causes incorrect Dimensions and Loupe readings
  • Windows no longer become unresponsive after changing (adding or removing) screen configs
  • Turning off all menubar icons no longer leaves a gap if there is an item to the left of xScope
  • Fixed a bug that caused the toolbar to reset to the default position on multiple-monitor configs
  • New frames are now centered on the main display of multiple screens
  • Frames screenshots are no longer offset to the right if taken on a Mac with a 3 monitor setup
  • Fixed a bug where measuring the screen with Dimensions was 1 pixel off
  • Fixed a potential problem when using the crosshair on multiple screens
  • Fixed a problem that caused guides to shift on Mac OS X 10.7 Lion
  • Toolbar can join all spaces (appears in all Mission Control screens) in Lion

xScope 2.5.1

August 2011

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed bugs and potential crashes associated with Lion

xScope 2.5

July 2011

Improvements

  • Fixed problems with windows moving with Expose and Spaces
  • Fixed a potential crash when using the Loupe
  • Fixed problem that caused Dimensions to stop updating
  • Dimensions and Loupe now work correctly on Lion
  • Screenshots now work correctly on Lion

xScope 2.2.2

December 2009

Improvements

  • Fixed a problem with hex color value in Loupe not updating correctly

xScope 2.2.1

December 2009

Improvements

  • Compatibility fixes for Snow Leopard
  • Loupe updated to use the correct color profile for display
  • Images exported to files and clipboard now include a color profile

xScope 2.2

May 2009

New Features

  • Global hotkey to copy the color under the Loupe to the clipboard
  • General pref to add screen captures to the clipboard for pasting
  • Dimensions tool preference to display aspect ratios
  • Setting to make aspect ratios in Frames always visible
  • Info icon added to Frames to copy width/height to the clipboard
  • System hotkey to "Create guides from Dimensions measurement"
  • YCbCr values in Loupe in addition to HSB values (click to toggle)
  • Loupe has prefs for CGColorCreateGenericRGB() and UIColor formats

Improvements

  • Color of screens content rectangle can now be customized
  • Color of gridlines in the Loupe can now be customized
  • Function keys F17 to F19 can now be used as hotkeys
  • Screens now has sizes for Firefox 3 and IE 8

xScope 2.1

April 2008

New Features

  • Toolbar can be displayed vertically
  • Active tools are highlighted in the toolbar
  • Shift-Control-Arrow key can be used to resize Rulers and Frames
  • Screens now show content area size along with screen size

Improvements

  • Guides now work correctly with multiple monitor configurations
  • Fixed problems with screenshots in multiple monitors configurations
  • Laser beam measurements on upper & right screen edges no longer cut off
  • Fixed labeling of Windows Mobile screen resolution
  • Improved wording in registration dialogs
  • Fixed positioning of open file dialogs in preferences
  • Updated tooltips for toolbar buttons
  • Minor bug fixes and other improvements

xScope 2.0

January 2008

New Features

  • New Dimensions tool to quickly measure the size of on screen elements
  • Beam mode to measure between elements; Shrink mode to "lasso" elements
  • Current dimensions measurement can be highlighted
  • Screens now support mobile devices like iPhone and Window Mobile
  • Screen sizes editable and updated for latest browsers
  • Loupe now provides quick pixel measurements
  • Distance between Guides is now displayed
  • Gutters can now be created with Guide wizard
  • Added composition and layout grids to each Frame
  • The Crosshair transparency can be adjusted
  • New global hotkey to bring xScope to the front
  • Added sound effects as feedback when using the tools
  • Screen captures added to several of the tools
  • Integrated tool help into the application

Improvements

  • Toolbar improvements including a new look
  • Rulers can shrink down to 9 pixels
  • Rulers can be nudged with arrow keys and the shift key
  • Improved interface for selecting Screen sizes and browsers
  • The Loupe window can be made much smaller
  • Guides created with the wizard are now linked as a group
  • Guides can be nudged and snapped with arrow keys and the shift key
  • Frames can be nudged and snapped with arrow keys and the shift key
  • Several fixes for issues caused by switching screen resolution
  • Many controls were made larger and easier to read
  • Minor bug fixes and other improvements

xScope 1.5

March 2006

New Features

  • xScope is now a Universal binary for native performance on Intel Macs
  • Frames can now be linked and moved simultaneously
  • Horizontal and vertical guides can now be linked and moved simultaneously
  • Frames can now be resized by dragging on the width or height indicator
  • Added calipers to the Ruler making certain measurements easier
  • Added a menu option to reset the Ruler to its default position and size
  • When the Loupe is locked, the arrow keys can be used to nudge its position

Improvements

  • Rulers can be extended to a maximum size of 2400 pixels
  • Rulers now snap to 5 pixel increments when the shift key is held down
  • Added command keys to adjust Ruler length
  • Guides and Frames can now be nudged with the arrow keys when selected
  • Added an indicator to Frames when using a constrained ratio
  • Added an option to copy the Loupe color as an NSColor definition
  • Added a preference to copy HTML color strings using lowercase letters
  • Fixed a bug / crash with the Loupe being offset on a second screen
  • The Loupe now displays the Hue in degrees, not as percentage
  • The bottom line of the screen is now magnified with the Loupe
  • The Loupe no longer shows the Crosshair color when both tools are selected
  • Added sound feedback when copying from the Loupe to the clipboard
  • Fixed a bug where the vertical Crosshair indicator was off by one pixel
  • Minor bug fixes and improvements

xScope 1.1

May 2005

  • Ruler will now go smaller than 240 pixels
  • A cursor position indicator has been added to the Ruler
  • When using Exposé, the tools now remain on-screen
  • The position and rotation of the Ruler can be nudged
  • Added aspect ratios to Frames (1:1, 4:3, 16:9 and the Golden Section)
  • Holding down the command key drags all Guides or Frames at once
  • Changed the display of coordinates and other items to increase readability
  • Fixed bugs with the Ruler and Guides on a second monitor
  • Fixed a display bug with the Ruler on Tiger

xScope 1.0.1

January 2004

  • Increased readability for several tools against light backgrounds
  • Increased readability for Ruler tick marks against dark backgrounds
  • Locking the Loupe no longer displays a shadow on the indicator box
  • Loupe preference to copy HTML colors with or without a leading hash (#)
  • Fixed a bug causing Rulers to display incorrectly when rotated with deltas
  • xScope now remembers if the toolbar was closed or not at startup
  • The preference toolbar now highlights the selected pane (Panther only)
  • Fixed a bug that caused the “Unregistered” text to appear in text copied from the Loupe