Hip, New ColorMunki —Sherburne
I spent time in a Web demonstration using Adobe Connect with Doris Brown, Pantone vice president of marketing, getting a view into the functionality of the device and software. It was quite impressive.
First, ColorMunki is an all-in-one approach that includes very fast monitor and printer calibration. Because it is fast and easy, busy professionals are more likely to use the tool. Brown reports that she was able to create a printer profile in a few minutes without reading the manual. Perhaps even more impressive is the software suite that comes with the product.
The designer can easily determine whether a color choice will conform with a color standard, such as SNAP or SWOP. Secondly, color palettes, which are easy to prepare, can automatically be loaded into design tools such as Quark, InDesign or PhotoShop, without the need to repeat the process several times across applications.
Perhaps coolest of all, if a designer selects a color that will not print with process color, the color will show up greyed-out in the palette, leaving no question about the suitability of the color for the project. The program will make suggestions about alternative colors, or easily allow the designer to call up a range of alternative colors that fit into the palette.
So to summarize, ColorMunki lets your client easily:
• Automatically create color palettes from photographs; manage, store, tag and search color palettes; gamut check in one click; and quickly verify spot colors for process-safe reproduction.
• Capture color from any surface, automatically import colors to design applications, and incorporate spectral color data into design files.
• Quickly accomplish printer-to-monitor calibration, as well as calibrate projectors.
• Easily set profiles in design applications, automatically synchronize color palettes, and connect with the Web for individual or collaborative work.
The price for all of this is $499—significantly less than the $1,000 or more a collection of tools would require. And Pantone is preparing to launch a simpler version called ColorMunki Create that will sell for $149, with a logical upgrade path as requirements change.