What's New

xScope 4.0 is a paid upgrade that requires OS X 10.8 or later

xScope 4.3

November 2016


  • Full compatibility with macOS Sierra
  • Guides have a new preference setting to keep the text on the indicators aligned
  • Measurement units and Guides/Frames display can now be set with Dock menu
  • Increased the range when positioning the Overlay image
  • Overlay image can now be re-centered by double-clicking on the scroller

Bug Fixes

  • Guides and Frames no longer appear after you launch the app
  • Ruler settings are now restored correctly so they won't get tiny anymore
  • Fixed an problem with Dimensions working on complex backgrounds
  • Overlay works with the iOS Simulator window again
  • Screenshots taken by xScope now include a color profile for the display

xScope 4.2

March 2016

New Features

  • A new setting in General preferences makes tool windows stay in the Space where they were activated. If you do design or development in one space and email or chat in another, try it out!


  • The new eyedropper icon on the Loupe can quickly switch the working color space
  • Added a Loupe preference to highlight colors that are out of gamut

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed a problem where some colors in the palette would shift between launches
  • Color values in the Loupe are no longer truncated
  • Fixed issues which caused Rulers to not activate correctly
  • Layout of controls in Dimensions preferences now look better on El Capitan
  • Updates are now done over a secure connection

xScope 4.1.5

September 2015

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed an issue with Gatekeeper on El Capitan

xScope 4.1.4

July 2015


  • Updated fonts in Text tool settings for El Capitan
  • The system font is now used wherever appropriate

Bug Fixes

  • Color blindness simulation now works correctly on El Capitan
  • Dimensions measurements on El Capitan now detect edges correctly
  • Screenshots work again on El Capitan

xScope 4.1.3

April 2015

New Features

  • Mirror tool on iOS now supports Apple Watch


  • Added "My Watch" templates to the Mirror tool
  • Mirror help was updated with information about Apple Watch
  • Overlay no longer requires AppleScript setup

Bug Fixes

  • Icons in Mirror templates now render correctly on the Retina display

xScope 4.1.2

February 2015


  • Added support for Swift literals like "\u{1F4A9}" in Text tool

Bug Fixes

  • The Loupe no longer has high memory usage while in the background
  • Fixed the version number formatting in the Sparkle update prompt

xScope 4.1.1

January 2015


  • Updated document icon appearance for Yosemite
  • Mirror now maintains transparent background on windows (helpful with Bezel app)

xScope 4.1

November 2014

New Features

  • Color spaces are now supported in Loupe: see Working Color Space in Help
  • Overlay can create a PDF file of current page (with full CSS styling)
  • Rulers can now be adjusted by entering values in new properties window
  • Added full support for Font Awesome: see Text Help for more info


  • Menubar icons look much better in Yosemite's dark mode
  • Added horizontal adjustment for image in Overlay
  • Screenshots taken with Frame tool now include the mouse cursor
  • Code style for apps can now be selected directly from the Loupe's color format menu
  • Added L*a*b color format to Loupe
  • Rulers can now display an aspect ratio (using new properties window)
  • Added items to open Preferences and Show/Hide xScope in single icon menubar
  • URL encoding in Text tool now encodes all reserved characters (per RFC 3986)
  • Updated Mirror templates to include new iPhone screen sizes

Bug Fixes

  • Loupe now stays above Guides and Frames by default
  • Fixed improper placement of Guides and Frames with some display configurations
  • Mirror templates now display correctly when a Retina display is attached
  • The save dialog for a screenshot no longer hides behind another active app

xScope 4.0

June 2014


  • Modern Interface - Re-designed for increased usability and a fresh new look
  • Retina Display - Fully supported
  • OS X Support - Runs on Mountain Lion, Mavericks and Yosemite
  • Optimized Performance - Lower CPU and GPU usage for improved battery life
  • Photoshop Integration - Documents stay put when using xScope's tools
  • Screenshot hot key now works for Dimensions, Overlay, Screens, Loupe & Frames
  • New Access panel: preference window fits better on 11" MacBook Air
  • Menubar defaults to single icon (so 10 tools don't use too much space)
  • Preferences window appears more quickly after first launch
  • Added a dark icon option for the Dock

Overlay new

  • Enhances Your Web Browser - Attaches to window to make development easier
  • Alignment Marks - Check positioning & distances in px/em/pt and percentages
  • Mockup Image - A transparent design comp over your HTML and CSS code
  • Grids with Breakpoints - Grid systems that stay in sync with your media queries
  • Cycle Breakpoints - Quickly check your design at all sizes used in your CSS
  • Full-page Screenshot - Get a picture of your whole web page
  • Works with iOS Simulator - Great for testing in Safari or developing native apps

Text new

  • Powerful Search - For name or tag in any of the 100,000+ Unicode characters
  • Decipher Text - Deciphers text entities, encodings, constants, and more!
  • Automatic Reformat - Automatically corrects Windows-1252 (Latin) text
  • Convert Format - Output text as a string, entities, URL encoding, and more!
  • Measure Glyphs - Shows line, character or web layout: including font metrics & CSS
  • Character Palette - A handy place to collect commonly used Unicode characters


  • Mirror Templates - Automatically shows icon or wallpaper mockup on iOS
  • AirPlay Mirroring - Show your files & Photoshop documents on an Apple TV
  • Photoshop Document Lock - Prevent updates when switching between PSD files


  • Now picks up solid colors more easily: helpful when working on "flat" designs


  • Multiple Rulers - Compare measurements on a pair of screen elements
  • Ruler Synchronization - Keeps length & angles of rulers in sync when comparing


  • De-retinizer - Quick simulation on Retina display of a normal display
  • Updated sizes for iOS 7 & 8 - includes standard UI components & Safari sizes


  • Reference Color Format - For example, work in hex color while viewing RGB format
  • Magnified Dimensions - The tool you know and love, working in a closeup view
  • Compact Interface - UI refinements make better use of screen real estate


  • Quick Guide Selection - New keys that let you keep hands on the keyboard
  • Any Display - You're no longer limited to just a left or right display


  • Spacing Grid - Show a regularly spaced interval: digital graph paper for your design
  • Quick Guide Selection - New keys that let you keep hands on the keyboard
  • Any Display - You're no longer limited to just a left or right display

Bug Fixes

  • The preferences window now remembers its last position and selected panel
  • Fixed display problems on Ruler when moving to a different screen
  • Ruler position indicators no longer appear when switching between pt & px setting
  • Fixed Guides/Frames problems after launching on a newly attached external display
  • Removed "Center Follows Ruler" since it no longer makes sense with multiple rulers
  • Fixed a drawing problem with ratio indicator on a Frame
  • Undo will no longer make the purchase window unresponsive in some situations

xScope (com.iconfactory.xscope) is a Mac software application that has been discovered and submitted by users of Software.com. The latest version that our users have reported running on their systems is xScope 47. The most popular version of this application used by our users is xScope 15.

Operating System: Mac

Minimum OS version: 10.8

Copyright: Copyright (c) 2014 The Iconfactory and ARTIS Software