Photoshop: Why is the Apple Color picker in a modal dialog?

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Adobe Photoshop on MAC.

I'm trying to use Apple Color Picker and every time I select a color I have to press "Enter Button" for the selected color and the dialogue disappears.

Very simple applications gives me that ability like (TextEdit).

I have been using Autodesk Sketchbook quite a bit and it gives me the flexibility to select the color without having to click on any button. Its color box is always on top.

Btw I'm not counting HUD color box because its not comfortable for me or color panel because it doesn't contain color wheel and its too small as well.

I'd be very happy if Adobe let go those unwanted Cancel and Ok buttons and I'm able to select the color on the go.

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Chris Cox

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When Photoshop invokes the Apple color picker, it has to do so modally -- so there has to be a way to exit that mode and get back to working in Photoshop, and thus it needs to have OK and cancel buttons.

Apple's color picker is also not your best choice for picking colors because it is not calibrated/corrected color and picking values instead of actual colors (what you pick may not end up the same as what you paint with).
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Have you tried these non-modal pickers? http://anastasiy.com/panels
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The advantage using apple's color picker or another modal panel is the ability to share colors across programs unrelated by vendor such as the apps mentioned above: Photoshop, TextEdit, and Autodesk Sketchbook.

Tangerine color management was the only software that i've seen that can hook into non-modal dialogs to share colors across your system, but they haven't updated their software for 10.6, let alone 10.7.
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You really can't - because Photoshop is calibrated (color corrected, not tied to your display) and the other programs aren't. You can share values, but what you see is not what you'll get in those other programs.