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System Requirements

Color Decoder requires Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard™ and a Leopard-compatible Intel or PowerPC Mac.

Known Limitations

Color Decoder does not support displays set to thousands of colors.  Choose Apple menu > System Preferences, click Displays, click the Colors popup, and select Millions.

Color Decoder uses Mac OS X's window layer reserved for assistive products, which normally appears in front of other applications' windows.  Other assistive products might display in front of or behind Color Decoder within that layer. Hide, then show Color Decoder to bring it to the front of other assistive applications. Applications that display in a layer in front the assistance layer will obscure Color Decoder's features (flash effect, color names, magnifier).

Color Decoder might not work as you expect with some full-screen applications.  For example, when Keynote® plays a slideshow, the slideshow obscures Color Decoder's display, but Color Decoder continues to "see" the pixels behind the slideshow.  If you have Speak Colors turned on, you'll still hear the color names even though you can't see the flashing effect, color name, or magnifier.  If you open Keynote menu > Keynote Preferences, select the Slideshow panel and turn on Allow Exposé, Dashboard and Others To Use Screen, Color Decoder will be visible during the Keynote slideshow. Keynote hides the mouse pointer, though, so you'll need to rely on the magnifier and color name label to see where the mouse is.

Color Decoder samples the contents of the screen once per second and bases the blink effect on the most recent sample. Because other applications continue to run, the blink effect might occasionally and temporarily be out of sync with the contents of the display.

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