Color Management--Degrees of Separation
With the growing acceptance of the ICC profile format as a primary color management tool, Harlequin introduced the HIPP option as an easier-to-use and fully ICC-compliant subset of the extended feature set in HFCS. Widely recognized as an industry standard, ICC profiles contain specific color transformation data and, in most cases, input and output or device-link profiles.
While still providing many of the color management features of HFCS, HIPP uses ICC profiles exclusively and does not include the same level of color management customization as HFCS. HIPP accepts ICC profiles available from a wide variety of sources, including Harlequin's OEMs, printer manufacturers and other third parties.
Pantone's New Colors
Pantone is never short on colorful news. Recently, the company had 147 new shades of information—the newest version of PANTONE Graphics Color Systems for the graphic design and printing industry. The PANTONE MATCHING SYSTEM, Pantone's flagship product and the industry color standard for the past 37 years, along with the company's process color selector and solid-to-process color reference products, has undergone significant improvements including new colors, new paper stocks and a bold new presentation.
"We have made substantive changes to our color guides and chip books to provide greater utility across a variety of media," reports Richard Herbert, executive vice president of Pantone. "By offering more colors and new paper stocks preferred by designers and printers, the new generation of PANTONE Graphics Color Systems products has been redesigned to address the changing needs and trends of the graphics community."
Pantone conducted extensive research and interviews with current design, prepress and print product users to develop its new line of solid PANTONE MATCHING SYSTEM color reference guides and chip books. To give the design community more current, user-friendly and informative color communication tools, Pantone added the requested 147 new colors plus seven metallics, a whiter, brighter paper stock and a new matte coated paper edition.