Color Picker Sidebar Gadget from Microsoft Live Labs

Jeff Weir of Microsoft Live Labs has released a gorgeous looking Sidebar Gadget for Windows Vista that enables users to pick color codes from different range of color palettes. Its a very useful gadget particularly for designers and web developers who usually have to use same color codes for their projects across different design and development tools. The gadget also features an option to search for different color palettes from the web which is provided by COLOURlovers API.

Many different programs use RGB color hex codes. While some programs have color management, sometimes you’ll need to use a palette across many programs like Expression Blend, Photoshop, Illustrator, HTML/CSS, and Flash. This handy sidebar gadget keeps your palettes at your fingertips, letting you quickly sample each hex code to your clipboard, so you can easily use your colors across all applications.

Windows Vista users can download this gadget from Windows Live Gallery.