Irodori: Capture and Carry Color in Your Pocket


I only wrote about Adobe Ideas (s adbe) last week, and I’ve already come across another great app with a similar function. In fact, it does exactly what the “Colors” part of Ideas does, only it does it much, much better. And for free, or for cheap, depending on what kind of features you’re looking for.

Irodori is, basically, a color picker for the real world. You point your iPhone’s (s aapl) camera at something you like the look of, and it snaps a photo and then analyzes said photo, coming up with a palette of colors taken from the image. The idea being that if you see some colors that work together, you can recreate the same palette for web or print design.

Even if you’re using an iPod touch, you can crop an image already in your library and use that as the basis for the color analysis and identification. I used that method for the screenshots in this review. As you can see, each photo will generate 16 swatches of colors.

Clicking on any one color will give you the HTML code and RGB value for the color, and allow you to add it to your favorites. You can also email your entire palette as an image, save it to your photo album, or upload it as a Twitpic. All of which means you can access the color information on other devices easily without having to manually enter the values, though you have that option, too (it what I found myself doing because it was simpler).

The free version of Irodori will probably suit the needs of most web workers who don’t specifically work in a design field, but who’re looking for something to help out with the small amount of design work they do take on, like tweaking blog designs, business cards, etc. Upgrading to the full version, which costs $1.99, will allow you to save more colors, but it’ll also let you export your saved colors as palettes in a variety of formats, including Adobe ASE, Adobe ACT, and PaintShop JASC-PAL.

If you work with color at all, grab Irodori today.

Let us know what you think of Irodori in the comments.



As someone who has spent a fair amount of money on fancy color measuring devices and on books about color, I must point out that the crappy sensor in the iphone is not a precision color measuring device, and without calibrating the iphone against a spectrophotometer this tool is totally bogus. Not only will two different phones produce different colors but it just won’t work. Color also depends on the illuminant and without specifying the illuminant you can’t get any accuracy whatsoever. Yes a handheld spectrophotometer would be nice but the Colortron people got gobbled up by the monopolistic XY company years ago and we will never see the iphone attachment that they for sure would have made…


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