BabelColor ®
Color Measurement and Analysis

Import…

Files saved in industry standard CGATS and CxF (Version-1, Version-2, Version-3) color lists formats From user-defined lists (plain text format) from spreadsheets or word processors CMYK and RGB color lists and assign them an ICC profile RGB data encoded in 8 bit, 15 bit, 16 bit, or scaled to 100% Spectral data with various scales (0-1 or 0%-100%) and ranges (380-730 nm or 400-700 nm) Color data saved using the Optical Society of America’s Uniform Color Scales (OSA UCS) notation Images saved in PNG or TIFF format, where each pixels becomes a PatchTool patch Color swatches saved in the Adobe Swatch Exchange (ASE) file format (from Adobe programs such as Photoshop and Illustrator)  

Color lists functions

Extract patches from a list to create another list Copy or delete patches in a list, or add white patches to fill a column Join two or more files to create a new file Transfer the ID, Name, CMYK and RGB fields from one file to another Average color lists using either a weighted or un-weighted method (mix lists with or without spectral data) Compare a patch in a file to a patch in any other file, and get the color difference value Compare two files (with the same number of patches) in the same window Obtain statistical data on the differences between two files Scramble color lists to optimize the contrast between patches in order to print calibration targets Re-order color lists according to any user-selected color space coordinate (or spectral value when available) Assign IDs and switch between the Measured, Random, and Visual layouts of ECI2002 and IT8.7/4 charts Turn and mirror patch layouts, flip rows and columns, or rename and renumber color lists Rename individual color patches

Gamut tools

Convert colors using one or two ICC profiles Convert RGB or CMYK data assigned to a Source profile to a Destination profile Convert RGB or CMYK data assigned to a profile to the Profile Connection Space (i.e. L*a*b*/XYZ) Convert L*a*b* or XYZ file data to RGB or CMYK through a profile Check if RGB or CMYK data assigned to a Source profile is clipped by a Destination profile Check if L*a*b* or XYZ file data is clipped by a Destination profile Generate device dependent RGB or CMYK color lists Generate device independent color lists (L*a*b*/L*C*h/XYZ) with a gamut limited by a profile Determine the gamut volume of a profile
Specifications Specifications Screenshots Screenshots Revision history Revision history

Export…

To many standard color spaces (xyY, XYZ, L*a*b*, L*C*h, RGB, CMYK) To Munsell HVC notation using many conversion options, and select amongst various output formats To OSA UCS Ljg notation and generate color lists for any of the nine standard UCS data planes As  CGATS text files, in a simplified Tab-delimited format for text reports and spreadsheets (PatchTool Specifications) To the CxF3 file format as well as manyCxF3-compliant file types used by X-Rite's i1Profiler (PatchTool Specifications) In many IMAGE formats (including TIFF-L*a*b* and TIFF-CMYK, 8 and 16 bit) Spectral data scaled between 0-1 or 0%-100% and in a range of either 380 to 730 nm or 400 to 700 nm RGB data in 8 bit, 15 bit+ (i.e. Photoshop “16 bit”), “true” 16 bit, or scaled to 100% Color lists to be used as "Color Decks” in BabelColor CT&A - Free tool! (CT&A is not included) Color swatches in the Adobe Swatch Exchange (ASE) file format (these files can be loaded in Adobe programs such as Photoshop and Illustrator)

Display-Check / Display-Reader

From the top-left, clockwise: DTP94, Eye-One Display2, i1Pro, Spyder2, Spyder3 (i1Display Pro, i1Pro 2, and Spyder4 not shown). Display-Check Check a monitor calibration (White Point, gray ramp, primaries ramps) (Quick-Test) Measure your own color list on a display Send lists of RGB data directly to the display (with no color management) Make display measurements with a Color Correction Matrix Display-Reader Measure display colors in any order with no prior knowledge of the patch number Automatically make display measurements at fixed time intervals Export RAW data that can be opened in a spreadsheet application or Processed data that can be opened like a standard color file and compared to other color lists

Patch-Reader

Measure color samples in any order with no prior knowledge of the patch number Measure targets defined by a custom chart size for which you have no prior color list Measure targets which correspond to PatchTool files, which may also correspond to target images generated with PatchTool With an i1Pro 2, take measurements in M0, M1, and M2 measurement conditions as per ISO 13655-2009

Printer and monitor proofing

Certify a proofing printer according to Idealliance requirements (Requirements: Web site; pdf) Certify a monitor according to Idealliance requirements (Requirements: Web site; pdf) Assess conformance to G7 Colorspace Pass/Fail requirements (Requirements: Web site ; pdf)

Misc. tools

Perform Substrate Correction, i.e. Convert measurements for different backings, or reference data for different substrates, or measurements for different measurement conditions (M0, M1, M2) Generate a spectrum which matches input tristimulus values (i.e. XYZ, L*a*b*) Derive Color Correction matrices to improve the inter-instrument agreement of display measurements Tweak color list values for improved printed accuracy Extract data from an ICC profile - Free tool! Extract an ICC profile from an image file Extract patch values from targets in photographs or images (RGB, CMYK, or L*a*b*)
BabelColor ®
Specifications Specifications Screenshots Screenshots Revision history Revision history

Import…

Files saved in industry standard CGATS and CxF (Version-1, Version-2, Version-3) color lists formats From user-defined lists (plain text format) from spreadsheets or word processors CMYK and RGB color lists and assign them an ICC profile RGB data encoded in 8 bit, 15 bit, 16 bit, or scaled to 100% Spectral data with various scales (0-1 or 0%-100%)  and ranges (380-730 nm or 400-700 nm) Color data saved using the Optical Society of America’s Uniform Color Scales (OSA UCS) notation Images saved in PNG or TIFF format, where each pixels becomes a PatchTool patch Color swatches saved in the Adobe Swatch Exchange  (ASE) file format (from Adobe programs such as Photoshop and Illustrator)  

Color lists functions

Extract patches from a list to create another list Copy or delete patches in a list, or add white patches to fill a column Join two or more files to create a new file Transfer the ID, Name, CMYK and RGB fields from one file to another Average color lists using either a weighted or un- weighted method (mix lists with or without spectral data) Compare a patch in a file to a patch in any other file, and get the color difference value Compare two files (with the same number of patches) in the same window Obtain statistical data on the differences between two files Scramble color lists to optimize the contrast between patches in order to print calibration targets Re-order color lists according to any user-selected color space coordinate (or spectral value when available) Assign IDs and switch between the Measured, Random, and Visual layouts of ECI2002 and IT8.7/4  charts Turn and mirror patch layouts, flip rows and columns, or rename and renumber color lists Rename individual color patches

Gamut tools

Convert colors using one or two ICC profiles Convert RGB or CMYK data assigned to a Source profile to a Destination profile Convert RGB or CMYK data assigned to a profile to the Profile Connection Space (i.e. L*a*b*/XYZ) Convert L*a*b* or XYZ file data to RGB or CMYK through a profile Check if RGB or CMYK data assigned to a Source profile is clipped by a Destination profile Check if L*a*b* or XYZ file data is clipped by a Destination profile Generate device dependent RGB or CMYK color lists Generate device independent color lists  (L*a*b*/L*C*h/XYZ) with a gamut limited by a profile Determine the gamut volume of a profile

Export…

To many standard color spaces (xyY, XYZ, L*a*b*, L*C*h, RGB, CMYK) To Munsell HVC notation using many conversion options, and select amongst various output formats To OSA UCS Ljg notation and generate color lists for any of the nine standard UCS data planes As  CGATS text files, in a simplified Tab-delimited format for text reports and spreadsheets (PatchTool Specifications) To the CxF3 file format as well as manyCxF3- compliant file types used by X-Rite's i1Profiler (PatchTool Specifications) In many IMAGE formats (including TIFF-L*a*b* and TIFF-CMYK, 8 and 16 bit) Spectral data scaled between 0-1 or 0%-100% and in a range of either 380 to 730 nm or 400 to 700 nm RGB data in 8 bit, 15 bit+ (i.e. Photoshop “16 bit”), “true” 16 bit, or scaled to 100% Color lists to be used as "Color Decks” in BabelColor CT&A - Free tool! (CT&A is not included) Color swatches in the Adobe Swatch Exchange (ASE) file format (these files can be loaded in Adobe programs such as Photoshop and Illustrator)

Display-Check / Display-Reader

From the top-left, clockwise: DTP94, Eye-One Display2, i1Pro, Spyder2, Spyder3 (i1Display Pro, i1Pro 2, and Spyder4 not shown). Display-Check Check a monitor calibration (White Point, gray ramp, primaries ramps) (Quick-Test) Measure your own color list on a display Send lists of RGB data directly to the display (with no color management) Make display measurements with a Color Correction Matrix Display-Reader Measure display colors in any order with no prior knowledge of the patch number Automatically make display measurements at fixed time intervals Export RAW data that can be opened in a spreadsheet application or Processed data that can be opened like a standard color file and compared to other color lists

Patch-Reader

Measure color samples in any order with no prior knowledge of the patch number Measure targets defined by a custom chart size  for which you have no prior color list Measure targets which correspond to PatchTool files, which may also correspond to target images generated with PatchTool With an i1Pro 2, take measurements in M0, M1, and M2 measurement conditions as per ISO 13655-2009

Printer and monitor proofing

Certify a proofing printer according to Idealliance  requirements (Requirements: Web site; pdf) Certify a monitor according to Idealliance requirements (Requirements: Web site; pdf) Assess conformance to G7 Colorspace Pass/Fail requirements (Requirements: Web site ; pdf)

Misc. tools

Perform Substrate Correction, i.e. Convert measurements for different backings, or reference data for different substrates, or measurements for different measurement conditions (M0, M1, M2) Generate a spectrum which matches input tristimulus values (i.e. XYZ, L*a*b*) Derive Color Correction matrices to improve the inter-instrument agreement of display measurements Tweak color list values for improved printed accuracy Extract data from an ICC profile - Free tool! Extract an ICC profile from an image file Extract patch values from targets in photographs or images (RGB, CMYK, or L*a*b*)