We used to be able to download from Pantone an installer to get the latest colors libraries into our Adobe apps. It look like we can’t get the installer anymore & the by the same fact the new 336 colors from the Series plus recently released.
Here what someone at Pantone told me: «The installer will not be updated with the new colors. Color Manager is the only product that will do that for you. This will enable you to export any/all of the Pantone libraries into your applications.»
But now the question is: Does member of the Creative Cloud will get them as part of a special update? Or users will be forced to buy Color Manager to get them?
I haven't heard of plans around this myself, but agree that this would make a useful addition. I created the following feature request on your behalf here.
Please add your vote and any comments that you would like to see included
Thanks for posting about it.
By way of introduction, I am John Stanzione, Manager of Technical Support at Pantone. I am happy to assist you.
PANTONE Color Manager is the vehicle that you will use to export the updated PANTONE libraries for use within the Adobe suite. While Adobe CS 6 has been updated for the PANTONE PLUS colors introduced in May 2012, there are an addtional 336 colors that were added this year which are at issue. These are supported in a separate library within the latest release of PANTONE Color Manager.
PANTONE Color Manager is available free of charge to those who purchase and register any of the PANTONE PLUS SERIES color publications. Each publication has a unique serial number which, when registered, becomes the 'activation key' for the PANTONE Color Manager software. At the conclusion of the registration process you will be taken to a page where the PANTONE Color Manager installer can be downloaded. After installing the software, on first launch you re-enter the serial number that was registered to activate the software. For those who choose not to purchase the guides or books, the software can also be purchased separately for US$49.00 per user license.
Pantone has posted the following support articles to assist with the registration and activation process, and also with export of PANTONE libraries from the PANTONE Color Manager software:
Answer Title: How to Access PANTONE PLUS SERIES libraries - PANTONE Color Manager Answer Title: Exporting PANTONE Libraries for Adobe and other solutions from PANTONE Color Manager
Answer Title: How to Access PANTONE PLUS SERIES libraries - PANTONE Color Manager
Answer Title: Exporting PANTONE Libraries for Adobe and other solutions from PANTONE Color Manager
Please do not hesitate to contact Pantone directly if we can be of further assistance.
Manager, Technical Support
Hi John, thanks for jumping into this thread. I was aware of the Pantone solutions to get the new 336 colors. I just think they should be made available without the need to purchases anything like it use to be in the past or at least given to as an update of Creative Cloud and even any owner of Adobe products. But this is probably something Adobe need to figure out with you...
I just wanted to follow up on this issue.
If I want to get those 336 new colors into Adobe Illustrator, I need to:
- Register with pantone, what I dont't want to do
- Serach for some serial number, the pantone website gives no hint where to find it
- Install a color management software which I don't want to have on my computer
- install MS .net framework to get the software running, which I don't want to have on my computer
- Go though some complicated export process
I just wanted to illustrate the situation from my persprective. Maye Pantone can offer the colors for download with no complicated processes ...
Thank you very much! :-)
Please allow me to clarify the issue here.
PANTONE Color Manager software is primarily offered as a free download with registration of qualifying PANTONE products. The presumption is that those who are looking for digital support for PANTONE colors are doing so because they have the physical guides in hand. Each qualifying PANTONE publication has a unique serial number which, when registered on the Pantone Web site, become the 'activation key' or serial number, for the PANTONE Color Manager software. The software itself is single-user; however, users can easily save out and share the updated PANTONE libraries with other users without license restriction.
The concept of PANTONE Color Manager is simple; the software resides permanetly on the user's computer. Any time there are library updates, such as when the 336 newest PANTONE colors were launched in April 2012, users can easily install the updates to PANTONE Color Manager and in turn export them out to their Adobe applications. Users have immediate access to any additions to the PANTONE libraries.
The only 'charge' involved is for those who are using the digital PANTONE libraries without posessing the physical PANTONE guides, something that Pantone does not recommend users do, since a physical representation of the colors is critical for accurate color communication. Even here, however, there is a workaround; PANTONE Color Manager can be run in 'trial mode' for a 30-day period, more than enough time to export updated PANTONE libraries which remain viable even after the trial expires.
Pantone has available a detailed PDF document which outlines this process. It is there for the asking; simply send e-mail to email@example.com and request a copy.
Thank you for reaching out to Pantone for accurate information. I am happy to assist anyone at any time with this process.
Manager - Technical Support