Best Applications For Color Blind And Vision Deficient People

Applications and websites are often designed by using Green and Red color shades. This creates a problem for color blind people as they are unable to differentiate between these colors. Furthermore, it can be a problem for professionals such as Graphic Designers to identify certain colors. We have compiled a list of some handy free applications for color blind and vision deficient people that can help them avoid the aforementioned problems.

Chrometric (Browser for Vision Deficient People)

Applications made for color blindness don’t always take into account the different kind of vision deficiencies and can often be useful to people with a particular type of vision deficiency. Chrometric is a browser for the color blind that simulates eight different kinds of color blindness, blur (for people who might have forgotten their glasses), as well as people with reduced contrast problems. The developer has quoted Wikipedia by saying that “8% of males are color blind” in some way and therefore, Chrometric can easily help them see how color blindness affects their work, (e.g. a person who might develop a website, viewing of images, charts, etc).

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Chrometric works on the following operating systems:

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Colorblind Assistant

Colorblind Assistant, as the name suggests, is a software that identifies colors from your mouse pointer and gives you a written name of the color (on which your mouse is placed). Moreover, you can also obtain other useful information about the color, such as the Red, Green and Blue (R.G.B.) values, saturation and brightness. This application comes with a convenient zoom option for better pixel detection.

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Colorblind Assistant works from the system tray and displays a small 192×128 window that you can place on a convenient location of your desktop to avoid obstruction. The above screenshots show the data that can be obtained from Colorblind Assistant. Colorblind Assistant works on the following Windows based operating systems:

  • Windows XP
  • Windows Vista
  • Windows 7
  • Windows 8

Download Colorblind Assistant

Washer

Washer is a simple software that acts as an overlying window and displays the content beneath it in grey color. This can help people with color blindness to easily read text, as well as view webpages, images and applications without the need to change the color settings of their desktop. As you can see from the below screenshot, the “Red” area of the window is transformed to Grey.

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Washer acts more like a generic solution for people suffering from color blindness and can make it easier for them to read text and view content by using it.

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Washer is a portable application and needs no installation. It works on the following Windows based operating systems:

  • Windows XP
  • Windows Vista
  • Windows 7
  • Windows 8

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