Last month, we lost a very useful little tool. The Apple Color Meter and it’s associated Hexadecimal readout vanished after our reluctant upgrade to Mountain Lion. So where did it go and how do you get it back?

I’m not an early adopter when it comes to operating systems. I’m quite happy to let others jump in first and check out the bugs, which is one reason why we’ve clung onto Max OSX 10.6 for so long. Inevitably, we had to upgrade to Mountain Lion, then Maverick. After the upgrade, though, the digital colour meter was reduced to a cut down version, without that useful HEX color value readout that website designers love so much. Try as we might, we couldn’t get those Hex color readings back.

The solution? Apple have taken that useful little application and will now sell it back to you again through the App Store. Search for ‘Classic Color Meter’ there and it will appear, for sale for the princely sum of $1.99. OK, so it’s not a fortune, but it’s a little bit cheeky to take away a useful tool in an upgrade and then sell back to you something that you already had.

So if you’ve just upgraded from OSX 10.6 Snow Leopard and your color meter has vanished, that’s the reason why.