X-Rite has announced three new color management products today under the name of ColorMunki. Two of the new products--ColorMunki Photo and ColorMunki Design--will be available later this month and include Spectrophotometers and software to let you make color profiles for monitors, projectors, and printers. The third, called ColorMunki Create, won't be available until June and includes a Colorimeter instead of the fancier Spectrophotometer that ships with the other two and doesn't include printer or projector profiling. If you create a color profile for a device, then software that offers color management, such as photo editing software, can more faithfully depict the colors in a photo. The ColorMunki system also lets you calibrate your monitor to help make sure that what you see is close to what you'll get from your images. When you use profiles for your entire image creation and editing work flow, you create a system in which there is at least some predictability to the outcome.
All three new ColorMunki products include some cool software for working with colors. It'll let you search photos by color, and extract a color from a photo and create a coordinating palette of colors around it. The software also steps you through the calibration and profiling processes. In the case of printer profiles, the newly developed ColorMunki Spectrophotometer makes the process significantly easier and quicker than most of the solutions I've seen in the past. Once you print out the test chart, all you have to do is slide the Spectrophotometer down a column of color patches, while most other solutions require that you scan each patch one at a time. The differences between the Photo and Design versions are fairly minimal and geared toward their respective audiences. For example, ColorMunki Photo includes the ability to optimize printing for specific images and enhance printer profiles for black and white images and flesh tones for portraits, while the Design version focuses more on optimization for specific colors.
Both ColorMunki Photo and ColorMunki Design are expected to cost about $500, while ColoMunki Create should cost about $150 when it hits this summer.