The original idea for ColorCompass originated as I was struggling as a consultant working on powerpoint presentation or other excel charts. I could spend hours on slides, checking the rgb values and guessing the colors I was using, with a not perfect error rate.
Our conviction is that in most of color related works, you do not need advanced or fancy color names, with advanced color data informations thrown in your face. We thought we needed a simple way, to distinguish between different hues. That's when we decided to use as little as 11 names to describe our color world: blue, violet, pink, red, orange, brown, yellow, green, cyan, white, black and grey.
These are the color names we use in most cultures. Should the color be considered with certainty to belong to a hue, it will have a single name ("Blue", "Red", "Brown", ...). Should the color be near a color frontier area, we give you what color it is starting to be close to ("Red orangish", "Green cyanish", "Pink reddish", ...). Basically it means that if you add a little bit more of green to your Red Orangish, it will turn Orange reddish and then Orange.
We also thought color information should not interfere with your work and use as little of your screen real estate or your valuable brain processing time as possible. Thus ColorCompass updates constantly without involving action from you and uses on average less than 0,5% of your screen real estate. It remains always on top, and you can move it around to put it wherever you want on your screen.
Yes, we agree, it won't cure your color blindness or make you see colors as you have never seen them before (we are working on it ;) ), but it will give you a little boost, an extra bit of confort and confidence whenever you need to make color decisions or work with colors.
Just try it ! Install it on your computer, let it run and forget about it. Gradually you will see you have your eyes glancing quickly at to the toolbar whenever you want to make a decision on colors.