New in version 1.8

Frame

  • You can now do screen recordings right inside the Frame tool. Use the video icon on the Frame Info Bar or use the V key to kick off a screen recording. Hold the Option key when clicking on the video icon or press Option V to configure your recording.
  • Toggle between a Normal border and a Thick border with the B key. With a thicker border the Frame becomes more prominent on the screen.

Tape

Tape now allows you to overlay and do shape measurements with a Circle, Square, Ellipse or a Rectangle. Switch shapes with the S key. Use the inspector to see detailed measurements.

Monocle

Monocle has an additional shape: a wider rectangle. This is in addition to the Circle and Square shapes. Switch between shapes with the S key.

Guide

Guides have a 5px hit area around the line for moving. The pointer changes to a resize-cursor to let you know when you are close.

General

  • Tool Palette has a few more layouts. You can cycle between them with the Space key or with the layout button. Press and hold the button to switch directly to a layout.
  • Introducing a Light Mode in addition to the original Dark Mode UI. Switch between light and dark modes using Command+M
  • Tools can be launched directly from the Welcome page. Try it out :-)
  • Ready for macOS Sierra (10.12)
  • Bug fixes and UI tweaks

New in version 1.7

Lens

  • Auto Palette is a new and faster way to extract colors from an area of the screen. Use the Option C shortcut to invoke Auto Palette. Drag-Select an area and hit Enter. This populates the color palette with the top colors in the selected area. Use the settings button on the overlay screen to configure the Sampling Scheme and Number of colors to pick.
  • You can now pick the color format at the time of copying the color. Press Command Shift C and you will get a menu of all the supported formats. Select one and the active color gets copied to the clipboard in that format.
  • Added ability to pick a Color Profile for sampling colors. You can use the default Native Display profile or choose sRGB, Generic RGB or Adobe RGB.
  • Lens can also be closed with the ESCAPE key.

Guide

Guide Stamping is a quick way to stamp out new guides on the screen. This is useful to create rough guides which you can fine tune after creation. You can invoke it from the Guide Palette.

Monocle

You can now see the pixel color when you turn on info-mode for Monocle. Use the I key to view the info. Hit C to copy the color under cursor in Hex format.

Plus

  • There is a brand new icon for the app. Have you noticed it? :-)
  • The shortcut viewer has been redesigned to allow browsing shortcuts even when a tool is not active.
  • If you prefer not activating QuickLens when launching tools, you can now do so in Preferences.
  • A 1pt increase in text size across the app. This makes labels more readable in general.
  • You have an option in Preferences to toggle the Menubar item.
  • Added support for keys on the Numpad.

New in version 1.6

Lens

  • Added a plain hex color format (without the # prefix). For example, the red color would be shown as FF0000
  • HTML Export has a nicer looking color sheet, as seen below:

Frame

Snapshots in the Frame tool can be saved without the overlay. Hold the OPTION key while taking snapshots.

Monocle

You can now interact with the underlying app by shifting focus away from QuickLens. Just activate the other app and now Monocle will not intercept your mouse events.

Plus

  • Tool notifications can now be turned off in Preferences
  • Bug fixes and stability improvements

New in version 1.5

QuickLens now has a menubar icon for easier access

App Awareness

Configure the list of apps for which QuickLens will automatically show.

Ruler

  • Ability to set a manual length on the Ruler
  • Quickly switch between units with a popover

Frame

  • Save and manage custom Frame configs
  • The Golden Grid now includes an inscribed spiral

Crosshair

  • There is a new real-time distance mode, which shows distances between screen elements

Plus

  • Lots of under the hood improvements
  • Improved stability when moving tools between monitors
  • Appearance changes in Windows, Controls and some Tools
  • New Welcome screen
  • New Quick Reference: you are looking at it now :-)
  • New App Icon