Pantone has launched two mobile apps for colour-aware creatives: myPantone for Android and myPantone 2.0 for the iPhone.
myPantone for Android brings Pantone’s popular iPhone application for capturing, creating and sharing colour palettes to the Android platform. It gives graphic, digital, multimedia, fashion, interior and industrial designers access to more than 13,000 Pantone colours wherever they go. Thr included libraries are the Plus Series Formula Guide (coated and uncoated), Plus Series CMYK, Colour Bridge, Premium Metallics, Pastels & Neons, Goe (coated and uncoated), GoeBridge (coated), Fashion + Home Colour System Library (paper and cotton), and Fashion + Home nylon brights.
Each colour swatch in the myPantone for Android application includes sRGB, HTML and L*a*b* values. myPantone for Android also automatically generates a variety of harmonious colour combinations. Additionally, cross-referencing colour capabilities aim to make it simple for users to find similar colours among the various Pantone Colour Libraries. For example, users can identify the Fashion + Home Colour that most closely matches any Plus Colour.
myPANTONE for Android takes advantage of Android’s built-in camera to let the user capture whatever inspires them. Colours can be extracted from any photo stored on the Android and matched to the closest colours.
Colour palettes can be sent as Pantone Colour Chips, or as swatch files that can be used in Adobe Creative Suite (.ase) and QuarkXPress®. Designers can also share their colour palettes by automatically posting notification of new palettes to Facebook or by sending them to the Pantone hosted website mypantone.com.
myPantone 2.0 for the iPhone, iPod and iPad is a free update for current myPantone users. myPantone 2.0 provides designers with CMYK data for all Plus Series Colours. Another innovative feature myPantone 2.0 offers is the ability to connect to Pantone's Colour Manager desktop software to upload colour managed data for Pantone Colours based on ICC colour output device profiles
Pantone says that the iPhone, iPod and iPad app's UI has been improved as well. Now myPantone 2.0 allows users to calibrate the iPhone display to view colour-corrected Pantone Colours within the application. An X-Rite calibration device is required for calibration, such as ColourMunki Photo, Design or Create, or the new ColourMunki Display, i1Pro or i1Display 2. Additionally, myPANTONE 2.0 allows users to print from compatible iPhone, iPad or iPod touch devices using AirPrint.
myPANTONE for Android is available for download at the Android Market store for US $7.99 (around £5). myPANTONE for Android is compatible with Android 2.2 or higher.
myPANTONE 2.0 is a free upgrade for current owners and is available for download to new users in the Apple App Store for £6.99. Current myPANTONE users will be prompted to download a free upgrade. myPANTONE 2.0 is compatible with iPhone OS 4.0 or higher, and can be used on the iPad, iPhone or iPod touch.