Free Colorwheel is a freeware application for creating correct color schemes for graphic designs e.g. images, webpages.
It can create 5 different types of color schemes : Monochromatic, Complementary, Analogous, Split Complementary and Triad Colors each having a different effect.
A preview of the color scheme is being shown and also the RGB, HTML, Websafe codes of the colors.
Colorwheel provides also the HTML code for creating colored HTML scrollbars and also a converter for color code formats (RGB, HTML, Websafe formats).
Colorwheel was reviewed in two University papers: "Nine Tools for Generating Harmonious Colour Schemes" and "Chromotome: A 3D Interface for Exploring Colour Space" by Paul Lyons and Giovanni Moretti1 (Institute of Information Sciences and Technology, Massey University,New Zealand).It was also featured in the book "Computer Human Interaction" by Springer Verlag
Excerpt from the book:
Colorwheel has an interesting feature that makes it more intuitive to use. At heart, it is a CW/RW system with an unnormalised colour wheel , but unlike the others, its colour wheel represents two dimensions of the colour space, lightness and hue2, and the user can extend the wireframe (so that the colours chosen are full-saturation hues) or contract it (so that the colours are light, low saturation colours, typically called pastels). This makes the software more intuitive to use than some of the other colour choice interfaces even though the number of colours chosen is restricted to three.
17 copies of Colorwheel have been bought by McMurray University, Texas, USA