The versioning of SIP is very strange indeed. I think I have purchased the full version and then subsequent updates about 3 times now. I only use it on one machine. So you can perhaps see my hesitation against forking-out an annual subscription to continue receiving updates. I’ve given the developers of SIP quite a bit of money already and never asked them for support or bugged them with feature requests.
And regarding features, this is the other thing. I’d say that currently I only use about 20% of what SIP can do. I use it to launch the Mac OS colour picker from toolbar. If I am starting a new project, I may create a new color palette. But I can honestly say I have not created new colour palettes since December.
Possible alternatives I am exploring and some options of interest to others:
To launch the Mac OS Colour picker (which can be a surprisingly powerful tool in its own right) more easily, open Apple Script editor (find it with Spotlight) and type:
Then File > Export. Give it a name. Save it to somewhere like your Applications folder. Set the File Format to Application. Leave the code signing options as they are.
Now in future when you open your little ‘app’, it launches the Mac OS Colour picker ‘standalone’ for you, like this:
If you want to, you can give it a custom icon and pin it to your dock. I mostly access mine through Spotlight whenever I need it.
The other alternative I’m looking at (in the light as a possible replacement to SIP) is ColorSlurp:
Mostly I am looking at this for its ability to create simple colour collections and choose colours in different formats. So far I am only on the free version. But I am quite impressed with what it can do and I’m considering upgrading to the Pro version, to get those extra colour formats.