Pantone — the specialists on color and provider of professional color standards for the graphics, fashion, interior and industrial design industries — announced today at Macworld New York that it’s now supporting Mac OS X.
The company has released a beta version of Pantone ColorWeb Pro that provides for system-level support that takes advantage of the new architecture and features of Mac OS X. ColorWeb Pro provides Web authors and others the RGB values for the Pantone Matching System, a standard for color communication.
ColorWeb Pro 2.0 Beta is designed to work with Web authoring programs, presentation applications or any other application where you need color optimized for the Internet. It provides a convenient means of applying colors to text, objects and backgrounds, according to Richard Herbert, president of Pantone.
“As a longstanding innovator in the design industries, Pantone is committed to developing tools to leverage the latest and most powerful technologies available,” Herbert said in a statement. “We worked closely with Apple in building a new generation of color selection tools specifically engineered for, and integrated directly into, OS X at the system level. The Mac OS X is a revolutionary platform that empowers design professionals, and we are excited to have the opportunity to be the first to deliver expanded color selection tools for it.”
The beta version is limited to supporting the 147 new colors of the Pantone Matching System introduced last year. It’s available for a limited time as a free download from the
Pantone Web site. The full version of ColorWeb Pro 2.0 for Mac OS X will be available this fall and will include support for the entire 1,114 Pantone Matching System Colors.
The folks at Pantone add that they’re are working with Apple to “develop the next generation of color selection tools which will take advantage of the features Apple has built into the OS X architecture.”