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Pantone launches API for third party software integration

Sep '19
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Pantone, provider of professional colour standards for the design industry, has introduced an Application Programming Interface (API) to easily and quickly integrate Pantone libraries into third party software. Pantone provides a universal language of colour that enables colour-critical decisions through every stage of workflow for brands and manufacturers.

Desktop, web, and mobile developers can use the new Pantone API to enhance or build new solutions that aid in colour inspiration, design, selection, communication, formulation, production, or evaluation. The Pantone API provides digital colour and appearance libraries to complement physical colour books which are available for use in graphics and packaging, fashion and footwear, home and interiors, cosmetic skin tones and industrial design industries, according to a press release by the company.

Hosted on Amazon Web Services (AWS), the Pantone API is ideal for fashion and graphic design software, industrial CAD software, rendering software, workflow software including RIP/DFE imaging solutions, colour management software, QC and colour formulation software, and colour apps used on mobile devices. Web developers will also appreciate Pantone API for website, social media, and stock photography platforms as well, digital product catalogue platforms and more. Pantone API allows users to convert CMYK, RGB and Hex values to Pantone colours without the need to create custom code, and to filter on one or multiple colour hues and sort colours based on many choices, directly from the API.

Pantone API is based on GraphQL language, and offers simple and consistent conversion of RGB and CMYK to closest Pantone colours. Other features include sort, filter and browsing functions and hyperlinks to colour-specific Pantone website’s product page. Pantone API has been designed to make it easier to integrate new and updated Pantone colour tables and minimise the need for maintenance and allow partners to launch faster.

“The new Pantone API eliminates a lot of the heavy coding once required by developers and enables licensee partners, like Adobe and CP Company, to seamlessly integrate Pantone libraries into their software or applications. Participating companies can have confidence knowing colour data is based on the latest approved Pantone standards and their underlying spectral values. This allows companies to provide application features such as Pantone colour searches by name or number within one or more of our popular Pantone Matching System for graphic arts and fashion home and interior colour systems,” Iain Pike, licensing business development director of Pantone said. (GK)

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