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Datacolor - Smart Color Analysis and Visualization - Tools

Smart Color Analysis and Visualization

Datacolor Tools is an easy-to-use color quality control application for industries where color accuracy is a critical component of overall product quality. Analyze, report, communicate, and visualize accurate color results. Objective pass/fail tolerances and color differences ensure consistent color quality and improved throughput.

Datacolor Tools – Evaluate color quality using a range of color difference formulas, graphics, and indices from CIE, TAPPI, ISO, and more.

Datacolor Sort – Advanced shade sorting, clustering, and tapering to manage roll-to-roll color variation in the entire manufacturing process.

Datacolor Monitor – Measure and report on side-center-side color variation to assure end-to-end color quality.

Unrivaled ease-of-use
Work the way you want by displaying plots and data grids in panels that you can modify – without custom programming. Store all of your data in a robust database, then retrieve and manage samples as needed to an intuitive desktop explorer. Add your most frequently used functions to the ribbon bar to increase efficiency.
Customize settings, templates, and access rights based on the needs of individual users.

Spectral visualization of samples
Using monitor calibration with the Datacolor Spyder5, spectral color can be displayed on textured substrates to achieve the highest level of accuracy in visual on-screen assessment. Judge the appearance of a single spectral color on multiple substrates under multiple illuminants. Evaluate metamerism easily and perform color approvals on-screen, reducing the need for physical samples.

Tolerance flexibility and management
It means unlimited flexibility in defining, selecting, and working with color quality control tolerances.
Unique tolerance blocks can be established and then linked automatically into the color QC workflow.
Multiple tolerances such as CMC and Whiteness Index can even be combined. This allows  to view multiple pass/fail criteria in a single data grid.

Interactive color analysis plots
The interactive graphics module enables simple, efficient, and detailed data analysis. Users can view data graphically against the correct tolerances without searching through menus. Each graph type is interactive, allowing the user to change data points, illuminants, zoom, orientation, and 2D or 3D views. Instantly evaluate color inconstancy in multiple illuminants with the unique multi-illuminant plot.


Component Recommended
Processor Dual core processor
Memory RAM 8 GB
Free hard drive capacity 500 GB
Video resolution True color
CD/DVD drive DVD writer
Available ports (1) RS-232 serial (for older spectrophotometers), (3) USB
Operating system Windows® 7/8/10 Pro (32 or 64 bit)
Email (for supported level) Outlook 2007 or above, POP3
Authenticated sybase database, supplied with the system Sybase 12.0.1. EBF 3994
Server OS Microsoft Server 2008R2, Microsoft Server 2012, Citrix ZenApp 6.0

Technical specifications

Features comparison Datacolor Paint 2 Pro Tools Plus WS Tools Plus
Hide menu bar/button bars -
Screen forms Limited set of
Print forms Limited set of
File forms Limited set of
Multiple form display
Marks and spencer setup
Manual curve adjustment -
Manual gloss adjustment -
ISO 150-A06 Standard Depth No form but in grid
CMCCON97 Color Inconstancy
DIN 6172 Metamerism index- additive and multiplicative
Envision Color Patch (new component) Color patch ( solid )
Color patch ( Image File ) -
Connect a wide range of Datacolor and competitive Instruments -
Form Elements- Form Backward compatible New format of form/template No Form Editor Form Editor included
User defined fields -
Various methods for Standard/Batch entry Manual entry of %R / %T values, Color Coordinates -
Swap standard/batch -
Load standard as batch and batch as standard
Per-standard tolerances
Export to ASCII file
Terminal Server or Citrix Environment -
  • Automotive
  • Cosmetics & Personal Care
  • Paper & Wood
  • Polymers, Plastics and Rubbers
  • Powders & Pigments / Coating
  • Textile
DatacolorFor more than 45 years, Datacolor mission is to empower our customers to make objective, cost-effective and smart color decisions that perfectly suit individual workflows. Over a million customers working in textile and apparel, paint and coatings, plastics, photography, design and many other industries trust Datacolor solutions. Over 80 of the top 100 textile and apparel brands selected Datacolor solutions, more than 10,000 business customers rely on Datacolor instruments and software daily and over one million photographers and creative specialists use Datacolor Spyder products.