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ColoRotate

3D Color Editing Tool


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Published 07/14/2010 and rated Ratingstars4 4 out of 5 stars
by AppAppeal Editor
What can you use the app for?

Colorotate was designed to be the ultimate color tool. Users can easily compare colors and take them from a 2D to a 3D environment, as well as switch out one or more colors while experimenting. The interface is efficient and allows for other adjustments, such as hue and brightness. Plugins for popular programs such as Photoshop are available to help make Colorotate convenient for users. With the expansive palette offered, there is little that can’t be done as far as color is concerned on Colorotate.

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What is the history and popularity of the app?

Colorotate was brought to vivid life through the efforts of the Executive Director of the Institute for Dynamic Educational Advancement, Michael Douma. Along with a team of creative minds, including designers and programmers, Douma put together one of the most dynamic color analysis tools available. By taking it to a 3D level and including many cutting edge capabilities, Colorotate allows users to get the most out of their creations.

What are the differences to other apps?

Colorotate transforms color theory into a fun, interactive, and streamlined process for many users. Through this handy tool, the boring aspect of selecting various hues can be enjoyable as well as educational. The 3D element also makes this tool extremely versatile for modern creations, many of which utilize advanced 3D models. The system is also intuitive, allowing users to quickly observe the relationship between various colors which can save time and frustration in finding the perfect balance regardless of which end of the spectrum they are working with.

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How does the web app look and feel to use?

The Colorotate website can be easily described as cutting edge. Users are greeted by many vibrant colors and three dimensional shapes. The tools are very easy to find as well as a number of options. The basic font makes reading the site simple despite the colorful subject matter. The atmosphere almost has a science fiction fantasy quality to it, which further compliments the offerings located on Colorotate.

How does the registration process work?

New users can create an account on Colorotate by clicking the purple “sign up” button at the top right hand corner of the homepage. Account creation is very streamlined, offered through Google. Those without a Google account will have to create one. However, doing so also gives access to many Google applications as well as Colorotate. After clicking the second “sign up” button, users are directed to the Google Accounts page to log in. Those without a Google account can complete the registration process by clicking the blue “create an account now” link along the right hand side of the page.

What does it cost to use the application?

Colorotate is made even more appealing by the free account offer. At this time, all users can register and enjoy the benefits of membership for free. The application is relatively new, so this may change in the future. For now, there is no cost to use Colorotate. The only fee required is for those who wish to purchase the Photoshop or Fireworks plugin. This can be done by clicking the “store” tab at the top of the homepage. The plugin is very reasonable, costing under $10 to make Colorotate extremely convenient for frequent users.

Who would you recommend the application to?

Anyone who has ever dabbled in color in any form can love what Colorotate has done. From professionals looking for a new way to create to the casual creator interested in expanding his or her knowledge, Colorotate is an ideal choice. The tool is simple to use and does not require any kind of extensive understanding of color theory or computer software. The free membership price also makes Colorotate easily accessible to anyone interested in trying their hand at exploring color.

  • A wide range of palette choices to get started
  • Photoshop and Fireworks compatibility for a small fee
  • Hue, tint, and blend controls
  • 3D environment to see what various color combinations will look like on many different surfaces
  • Forum access to discuss Colorotate and related issues within the community


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