X-Rite, which recently acquired Pantone, has fused the two companies' technologies to create ColorMunki, which they're touting as the next big thing in color measurement and management. Available in different configurations designers and photographers, ColorMunki is said to be easy to use and improves workflow. ColorMunki Photo was developed with professional photographers, according to X-Rite, is designed especially to meet the production workflow needs of social, wedding, and portrait photographers. A detailed view of ColorMunki can be found in this PDF file.
ColorMunki is expected in June and will cost around $499.
For details, please read the X-Rite press release:
X-Rite and Pantone Launch ColorMunki Family of Breakthrough Color Products for Photo and Design Markets ColorMunki Photo, ColorMunki Design and ColorMunki Create Empower Users to Create and Control Color from Inspiration to Final Output
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – March 17, 2008 – X-Rite, Inc., the world leader in color management and measurement technologies, along with recently acquired Pantone, Inc., the global authority on color and provider of professional color standards for the design industries, today introduced ColorMunki ™, a breakthrough in both price and performance.
Based on X-Rite and Pantone’s deep understanding of the photo and design communities, ColorMunki solutions are the industry’s first easy-to-use, convergent technologies developed specifically to feed the artistic imagination of creative professionals – at an affordable price. Designed to meet the requirements of creatives working in a digital environment across industries, the revolutionary ColorMunki family, (colormunki.com) ensures accurate color from inspiration to final output in ways never before possible,
“Our all-new ColorMunki portfolio reflects a deepened commitment to customers. We’ve developed solutions for distinct segments of the creative community facilitating an unprecedented digital workflow that seamlessly incorporates color. The exceptional ease of use has extended the appeal of our solutions. Finally, color excellence can be integrated effortlessly into anyone’s creative vision, setting a new industry standard,” states X-Rite Senior VP of Global Sales & Marketing Iris Mangelschots.
ColorMunki solutions provide photographers and designers new technological advances that – for the first time – address core issues of color creation, control and communication in easy-to-use, integrated solutions. The ColorMunki portfolio includes ColorMunki Photo, ColorMunki Design and ColorMunki Create, all supported by colormunki.com. The products are a combination of software and hardware that give creatives freedom and flexibility to create and produce with color confidence.
The ColorMunki Portfolio Includes:
Designed for the digital workflow of social, wedding and portrait photographers – or anyone passionate about photography – ColorMunki Photo delivers an easy, quick and affordable solution for matching colors from display-to-print.
Developed with professional photographer input, ColorMunki Photo is a completely integrated, versatile solution that calibrates displays, projectors and printers, measures ambient light and captures spot colors. The new AppSet ™ automatically sets the printer profile for the user. ColorMunki Photo also includes new, exciting color creation and communication tools, such as automatically extracting colors from images and transporting images with DigitalPouch ™ to ensure ViewSafe ™ environments. ColorMunki Photo gives photographers ultimate color control for their images.
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Developed for graphic professionals from freelancers to corporate in-house designers, ColorMunki Design provides the freedom and simplicity to select, specify and store color palettes in a calibrated environment, assuring precise color viewing and reproduction. Palettes can then be seamlessly imported into popular design applications including Adobe Photoshop, InDesign and QuarkXPress, as well as other industry-standard applications. Colors can be selected from multiple sources including PANTONE Color Libraries, system-level color pickers, inspirational images, color harmonies and key word searches. ColorMunki Design allows users to quickly and accurately capture colors from any surface, easily calibrate monitors, projectors and printers for accurate display-to-print matching, and verify spot colors for process-safe reproduction in any medium.
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ColorMunki Create is an affordable, simple starting point for designers whose primary requirement is color palette creation. ColorMunki Create offers spectral color selection from system-level color pickers, inspirational images, color harmonies and key word searches, and with the ability to snap-to PANTONE Goe Colors for repurposing into usable palettes. In addition to software, ColorMunki Create offers a simplified approach to on-screen color control to let designers realize their creative vision. ColorMunki Create easily upgrades to ColorMunki Design with the discount voucher included in the box.
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All three solutions are supported by www.colormunki.com, an online portal where designers and photographers can experience key ColorMunki software capabilities such as create, share and view color palettes with peers, search and select colors from images provided by the photoshelter.com community, and test their color-viewing ability with an online test. Creatives will also be able to purchase any of the ColorMunki solutions directly through the Web site.
Pricing, Availability and System Requirements
ColorMunki Photo and ColorMunki Design available in late March 2008, ColorMunki Create available in June 2008. The ColorMunki family of products is compatible with Mac OS X 10.4 or higher and Windows XP and higher. Pricing and more information at: www.colormunki.com.