I really thought this might have been addressed in this version, but maybe there's a hidden feature I am missing, because I find it hard to believe that even Adobe would neglect to incorporate such a fundamentally necessary function in the color workflow. How do I add a colour into the palette using a hex value? The DW picker seems to only allow selection of an existing color somewhere on the UI surface, no ability to enter a hex value anywhere. Selecting hex colour format in the palette options only enables the read-only value for the picker to show a hex value, no ability to change or enter a hex value here. The system color picker window (Windows) does not allow hex value entry either. Hex color values are the lingua franca of the web colour workflow, and it seems like nobody told the develop[ers at Adobe. Unless I am missing something - what might I be missing here?
If you want to 'insert' hex value, DW CC gives you that option in 'Properties' panel:
Clicking on the 'color' box will give you a palette/ swatch whereas clicking on the hex value will let you enter a new HEX value/ change the existing value.
If you're looking at picking a color, yes - Windows color palette doesn't let you input Hex values - but FYI - Windows/ Mac/ Grayscale color options instead of default 'Color Cubes' that show up in DW are not web-safe and will result in drastic color changes across browsers/ devices.
Yes I know about the "properties" panel, but I want to be able to use the colour palette, otherwise known as "favorites" to be able to add colors which are going to be used repeatedly, and to be able to add them using a hex color. "Properties panel" is great for a single property. But if you have say a brand color which is going to be applied often to different properties then the only way to add it to the palette is to make a property first. But if you want to just set up colors first by adding them to the favorites palette so you can apply them to properties as you buiild a site it can't be done using hex values. That is what I mean by "Hex values in the swatch/picker". They can't be entered here, in the color cubes picker or the system picker. But I thought by now there should be a way of adding a colour to favorites by entering a hex value, like you can do on any other Adobe application swatch palette. But sadly, apparently not. And I thought the web had long since moved on from the 256 "safe" colors btw.
I understand your concern. Why dont you file a feature request here: http://adobe.com/go/wish
Even Mac OS system color picker doesn't give you an option to enter a hex value.
You could search for alternate color pickers to replace/ work alongside default system color pickers.
And yes, we're no longer restricted to 256 color (216 pattern) as most modern devices today can display millions of colors but depending on what system/ display you're developing on viz the system/ display your end-user views it on, there will definitely be tiny differences - especially keeping various browser's rendering mechanisms and device color capacities in mind.
may I put in my two cents too? I for my part use a program which can propose color combinations and also "knows" what sorts of colors are "web-safe". You will find it here:
and to pick up and to indentify colors, I use an appendix from colorschemer:
Here some other links with useful color tools for creating entire harmonious color schemes e.g.
and Articles, Tutorials on Color Management:
is it really such a problem, to use code view (so do I) in this case? On the other hand, motivated by your (and of many of us I'm sure) desire you could use: