A few questions.
First, is there a way for me to get access to just the color swatches without using a color picker control? (The part that is opened/closed by clicking the color picker).
Second, is there a way for me to remove the preview swatch from the color swatch view? (previewHeight: 0, previewWidth: 0 still has it there with a 1 pixel border, I want to remove it altogether!)
No official APIs for doing so. The dropdown is a SwatchPanel. You can find the source code and alter it as you need it.
Flex SDK Developer
Adobe Systems Inc.