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X-Rite Pantora Update Makes Digital Material Scanning More ‘Accessible’

X-Rite Incorporated and Pantone LLC, global specialists in color science and technology, have released a new version of the Pantora desktop application for the management of color and appearance data in digital design and production workflows.

Pantora now connects with the Ci7000 Series, MA-T12 and MetaVue VS3200 spectrophotometers, enabling brands and suppliers to quickly capture or import spectral and appearance data into the application and create virtual material samples for fabrics, paints, plastics, metals and meshes. Using Pantora, customers can store, edit and share digital material files using Appearance Exchange Format (AxF) files across product lifecycle management (PLM), CAD and 3D rendering software.

“The latest release of Pantora makes digital material scanning accessible to a broader audience by allowing brands and suppliers to leverage their existing color data and measurement devices,” Matthew Adby, appearance product portfolio manager at X-Rite, said. “The ability to easily and affordably transform a physical material into a digital sample minimizes the need to ship samples around the globe between design teams, suppliers and partners. This allows companies to innovate and accelerate the design to manufacturing process.”

The companies said the Pantora desktop application simplifies the management of a large volume of complex color and appearance data by acting as the epicenter for appearance workflows connecting digital material capture sources with output destinations.

X-Rite and Pantone have released a new version of the Pantora desktop application for color management in digital design and production.
The Pantora product portolio. Courtesy

Users can now import a measured material sample or connect to an X-Rite spectrophotometer to measure a physical sample directly into Pantora. For multispectral texture measurements, the MetaVue VS3200 non-contact imaging spectrophotometer captures the texture of leather, laminate and textile samples.

The Pantora material browser locates, acquires and imports the digital material data as an AxF file that accounts for appearance attributes such as color, gloss, and texture. With the material viewer, companies can render the material in a virtual scene to see the effect of lighting, gloss levels and special effect pigments. The new Pantora variant editor allows suppliers to create large digital material libraries by combining sample attributes.

“Using digital material virtualization, remote teams can continue to design and source materials using a 3D workflow while having confidence that material color and appearance will be accurate in production,” Adby added.