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X-Rite and Pantone's Pantora Makes Digital Material Samples

X-Rite Inc. and Pantone LLC have updated their Pantora application to connect with X-Rite spectrophotometers, enabling brands to convert physical materials into digital samples.
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X-Rite Inc. (Grand Rapids, Mich.) and Pantone LLC’s (Carlstadt, N.J.), updated Pantora desktop application manages color and appearance data in digital design and production workflows. Pantora now connects with Ci7000 series, MA-T12 and MetaVue VS3200 spectrophotometers, enabling brands and suppliers to capture or import spectral and appearance data into the application to create virtual material samples for paints, plastics, metals, fabrics and meshes.

“The latest release of Pantora makes digital material scanning accessible to a broader audience by allowing brands and suppliers to leverage their existing color data and measurement devices,” says Matthew Adby, Appearance Product portfolio manager at X-Rite. “The ability to easily and affordably transform a physical material into a digital sample minimizes the need to ship samples around the globe between design teams, suppliers and partners.”

Users can import a measured material sample or connect to an X-Rite spectrophotometer to measure a physical sample directly into Pantora. The Ci7000 series of benchtop sphere spectrophotometers capture color transmission on translucent materials and reflections on plastics. Paint and coatings samples use the MA-T12 multi-angle spectrophotometer to measure and virtualize flake texture and color flop. For multi-spectral texture measurements, the MetaVue VS3200 non-contact imaging spectrophotometer captures the texture of leather, laminate and textile samples.

The Pantora Material Browser locates, acquires and imports digital material data as an AxF file, which accounts for appearance attributes such as color, gloss and texture. With the Material Viewer, companies can render the material in virtual scenes to see the effect of lighting, gloss levels and special effect pigments. Additionally, the Pantora Variant Editor enables suppliers to create large digital material libraries by combining sample attributes.

X-Rite Inc. | 888-800-9580 | xrite.com

Pantone LLC | 201-935-5500 | pantone.com

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