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I know that the Edit colors dialog box in most graphics programs are the same, for example In Paint it's...  Colors - Edit colors - Define Custom Colors.  How can I make a shortcut to get to just this dialog box in order to generate color codes? or do I have to install a seperate program for this?
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Jose Parrot earned 500 total points
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Hi,

We are not sure if the products call the palette object. Probably not, say, each developer makes its own way, so the methods are very different from product to product. BTW the codes aren't open. So, althought the interface is the same in most products, the code behind that can vary a lot, then there is no a unique code to solve that.

The way is a plugin to map some key or keys combination to shortcut the action. The disadvantage on such approach is that we must develop ONE plugin for EACH product. A lot of SDKs, APIs to get, a lot of code to understand (the interface to the application) and a lot of code to develop and debug. Probably PhotoShop plugins are the most adopted by outher softwares, permiting use of PS plugins in Illustrator, PaitShop Pro, and a number o0f applications.

For a end user, the options are the

For a developer, there are some commercial (and free too) toolkits to develop plugins and addons.
Suggestion for a general plugin development:
http://thepluginsite.com/knowhow/plugincreation.htm

Tutorial to create a plugin (including a shortcut)
http://thepluginsite.com/knowhow/tutorials/introduction/introduction.htm

Hope it helps!

Jose
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Hummm.. service pack 1 for the comment...

For a end user the only option is find elsewhere ready plugins.

As a matter of information (sorry if redundant) below is a list of PhotoShop  shortcuts:
Shift + Ctrl + n        Add new layer
Ctrl + i                   Invert
Ctrl + j                   Convert current selection into a new layer
Ctrl + Alt + j           Add new layer (with options box open)
Alt + click "Add new layer icon"(at bottom of layer pallet)            Add new layer with options box open
Ctrl + Alt + Minus Key              Shrink image window
v + Shift + Arrow keys             Nudge selection
x        Toggle foreground and background colors
d        Restore default colors
Q       Enter and exit quick mask mode
Alt      Toggle display options within dialogue boxes
Shift + Tool keyboard shortcut  Toggles between tools within that icon (Example:  g key activates Gradient Tool...Shift + g     toggles to Paint Bucket Tool etc.)
Alt + D + Backspace       Fills selected areas with foreground color
Ctrl + D + Backspace      Fills selected areas with background color
Ctrl + X                        Cut

Jose
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