Determining inline annotation tint color

Is there a way to determine what the tint color of an inline annotation is?

Periodically I somehow change the tint color setting for inline annotations* and then I want to change it back, but always end up with not quite the same reddish color. Admittedly a small annoyance, but the elapsing years have not settled my hash on this. If only there was some way to determine what the color setting of the existing annotations is – or even set it back to its default! Possible?


  • Like maybe I make the mistake of trying to highlight something inside an inline annotation and doing this somehow ends up changing the annotation color setting instead? I never actually catch myself in the act of messing up the annotation color, so I speculate here. It does at least typically end up taking on a yellow color (like my preferred highlight color).

There isn’t a good way of doing that in the interface itself. That is why I prepare for that limitation by creating a custom colour palette that I can use to keep things standardised:

But, as to the present, if you copy the corresponding RTF file out somewhere and open it in LibreOffice or what have you, you’ll find annotations encoded like so:

{\Scrv_annot \color={\R=0.619608\G=0.043137\B=0.011765} \text=...

Copy and paste the RGB values back into the colour palette (click the gear button to switch to floating point mode), and there you go—enough to get started on a swatch set, or if you just use one colour mainly, drop it into the favourites area of the colour palette.

As to how they drift—I recall for a time a while back there was some minor rounding issues in the text engine, perhaps even along with ColorSync issues when switching machines, I never really did pin it down. But that would be very minor drift, only noticeable if you use the Find by Formatting tool to try and find annotations by colour, or when pasting one old annotation next to a new one and expecting them to merge, but getting two bubbles instead. Jumping way over to a different hue probably is a result of accidental colour tool usage.

As for defaults, I’m pretty sure it has always been full red, 1/0/0. The new default in the iOS version and going forward will be a rustier red—and is in fact the basis for the RTF example above.

Thanks for the guidance.


p.s. How have I survive these years w/o knowing I could create a custom list of named colors? To think I have been trying to get by with that grudging little set of color swatches at the bottom. Dang it all.