Pantone app: Designers get a world of colours on their mobiles

Pantone colours are a vital tool for the designer – quote a Pantone colour to a repro house or printer and you can be assured that what comes out in your finished product will be the colour you were expecting.

So, it’s no surprise that Pantone colours have already been brought into the mobile arena – an iPhone app was introduced a couple of years ago – because who knows when you might see just the right colour, while you’re on the bus, taking a walk, or doing a bit of window shopping. That app has now been upgraded, plus Pantone has brought the same facilities to Android users.


MyPantone for Android lets users capture, create, and share colour palettes – offering access to more than 13,000 Pantone colours wherever you are.

Take a shot of a colour you like on your camera phone, and the app will let you extract it from the image and match it to the closest Pantone colours – a useful facility that will cut out a lot of fiddling about.

Libraries include Plus Series Formula Guide (coated and uncoated), Plus Series CMYK, Color Bridge, Premium Metallics, Pastels & Neons, Goe (coated and uncoated), GoeBridge (coated), Fashion + Home Color System Library (paper and cotton), and Fashion + Home nylon brights.

As well as giving you the values for sRGB, HTML and L*a*b*, each colour swatch will also offer up a number of L*a*b* harmonious colour combinations. Plus, its cross-referencing abilities let you find similar shades across the Pantone Colour Libraries.

myPantone 2.0 for the iPhone, iPod and iPad is a free update for owners of the current Pantone app.

New features include the facility to calibrate your iPhone display so that it shows Pantone Colours in a more ‘true’ format, plus it offers CMYK data for all Plus Series Colors. You can also print from compatible iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch devices using AirPrint.

The free upgrade is available to all MyPantone app owners, while new users will pay £6.99 for a download from the App Store.

The Android app costs $7.99 from Android Market.