Peppermint – Digital iPhone Color Wheel for Artists and Developers

Price: $0.99    Score: 8/10    By Mohsin IqbalPeppermint

If you are a designer of any sort that needs to use or implement digital color schemes, then Peppermint is the perfect application to have on your iPhone. Developed by Sittipon Simasanti, Peppermint is both easy to use and exceedingly pragmatic – a professional color wheel to help you choose the colors you need for digital design, art or product development.

When you open the application, you are taken straight to what is essentially the ‘home screen’. This is the color wheel, and the very basis of the application itself. Depending on several values, settings and facets of schemes chosen, there will be interchangeable markers on the color wheel that users can change according to their every whim and needs. The color wheel is based on a similar principle to that of Adobe Kuler, and is indeed very alike. At the bottom of the color wheel there are five tabs, each reflecting their perspective marker on the color wheel, and will change accordingly to the color chosen.

Below the tabs showing colors chosen, there are four options; a black bar highlighting the color rule chosen, of which there are 5;

  • Analogous
  • Complementary
  • Compound
  • Monochromatic
  • Shades
  • Tetrad
  • Triad
  • Custom

The Custom option means the user can change the settings, i.e. lightness and saturation according to their needs, as well as the positions of the individual markers on the color wheel (which is unchangeable on the other color rules). The color rules dictate the position of the markings and their spacing on the color wheel, for example, the ‘triad’ option means there will be three colors chosen, but with five markers on the color wheel to edit the colors.

Next to the aforementioned tab is a small icon (three bars) highlighting the editable settings;

  • HSV; Hue, Saturation and Value
  • RGB; Red, Black and Green
  • CMYK; Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Key (black)
  • CIELAB; Lightness and dimension settings

When editing these settings, the user is also able to see the tabs, which reflect the markings on the color wheel. Placed next to the small icon is a plus sign, which gives the user the option of saving the color scheme they have created. The user can also see which color schemes they have saved and can edit them by pressing the bookmark icon next to the plus sign. Multiple color schemes can be saved and edited.

The color wheel screen also shows the settings (i.e. HSV, RGB) you have chosen, just to the left of the wheel. Should you directly tap these then the information shown will change between the relevant editable settings. To the top right of the Color wheel, the degrees of the hue are shown. A very creative feature of the application is that if the user were to tilt their iPhone, then they would be able to see a full screen preview of the current color set.

Peppermint is a very practical application for designers, and is simple and easy to use. Given the simplicity, the settings are self-explanatory and can be easily changed at will.  Available till the 09/25/09 at a sale price of $0.99 (usually $2.99), it is well worth the investment.

Peppermint requires the iPhone 3.0 or later and is compatible with the iPhone and iPod Touch.

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One Response to “Peppermint – Digital iPhone Color Wheel for Artists and Developers”

  1. Henk Gianotten says:

    How can you use such a device for color? There is no color calibration nor a standardized color space. You can impress your friends outside the design community. Never show it to a professional photographer or prepress expert. They will just smile!

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