X-Rite ColorTRUE Color Management for iPads, Tablets, Smartphones
by Brenda K. Hipsher – March 17th, 2014
Color Perfection for Mobile Devices with NEW ColorTRUE
X-Rite has just announced the release of ColorTRUE, a color calibration app for mobile devices. ColorTRUE is a free app that provides accurate color viewing of images on tablets and phones for both iOS and Android devices. Download ColorTRUE on the Apple App Store and Google App Store.
Many mobile devices have excellent viewing screens but calibrating and profiling them has been problematic in the past. ColorTRUE allows you to view your file on mobile devices with color accuracy to rival your desktop display, even if the file is preserved in large color spaces like ProPhoto RGB. Most mobile devices display pleasing color. However, as photographers we want to control the color accuracy of our image no matter what device we choose to use. Now you can use your mobile device to accurately display your images making it possible to carry your entire portfolio into a meeting.
The ColorTRUE app provides two key functions. The first is the ability to create a custom display profile for your device. The second is an “Image Gallery” where you can view your images with a high level of color accuracy. So whether you are viewing your image on your calibrated laptop, desktop or iPad – your images will have consistently accurate color.
The calibration is very fast and easy and only requires a supported X-Rite measurement device to create the profile. For iOS devices simply connect a ColorMunki Display, ColorMunki Smile, i1Display Pro, or i1Pro 2 device to a computer on the same wireless network as your mobile device. Launch the app and watch as it “finds” the measurement device. Then simply place the measurement device on the face of your iPad or iPhone and watch the magic begin.
For Android just plug your ColorMunki Display or i1Display Pro directly into the Android mobile device using a USB to micro USB adapter, launch the app, and enjoy the process.
Either way it’s easy, fast, and transforms your tablet or phone into a color corrected viewing device that you can put into your pocket or bag and be assured that your images will look the way you intended them to look.
The ColorTRUE app allows for color corrected viewing of you images. And it also gives you lots of options that until now have not been available for mobile devices:
- Before and After – toggle between calibrated and uncalibrated images.
- Ambient Light Compensation – accurately view images in different lighting conditions.
- Print Simulation – preview your images with printer profile and rendering intent for “soft proofing” functionality.
- Image Profile – easily reassign working color spaces (sRGB, Adobe RGB, or ProPhoto RGB)
- White Point Selection – for optimal tablet-to-desktop match, choose between D65, D50, and native
Look For Other ColorTRUE Aware Apps
Unlike laptop or desktop operating systems, iOS and Android operating systems do not have system wide color management capabilities. This means that when you create a profile in ColorTRUE your other apps do not automatically see it. To solve this, X-Rite is offering a ColorTRUE Aware partner program to provide other app developers access to your ColorTRUE profile. You only have to create the profile in ColorTRUE and it will automatically be applied to any ColorTRUE Aware app that has integrated our free SDK (software developers kit). So help us spread the word by telling your favorite app developers you want them to be ColorTRUE Aware! Find out more at www.xritephoto.com/colortrueSDK.
ColorTRUE – it’s free, it’s accurate, its what you’ve been waiting for. Download ColorTRUE on the Apple App Store and Google App Store. Try it out for yourself today. And tell us what you think about new X-Rite ColorTRUE.
Apple iOS Device Supported
iPad 2, 3rd gen, 4th gen, Air, Mini, & Mini 2nd gen running iOS 7.x or later
iPhone 4, 4S, 5, 5c, & 5S running iOS 7.x or later
iPod Touch running iOS 7.x or later
Google Android Device Supported
Samsung Galaxy running Android 4.0.4 or later
Google Nexus running Android 4.0.4 or later
Asus Transformer running Android 4.0.4 or later
HTC One running Android 4.0.4 or later
Note: In order to communicate with an X-Rite measurement device a USB OTG (On-the-Go) adapter is required. The mobile device must be USB-Host or USB OTG (On-The-Go) compatible.
X-Rite Devices Supported on Apple Devices
ColorMunki Smile, ColorMunki Display, i1Display Pro, i1Pro 2
X-Rite Devices Supported on Android Devices
ColorMunki Display, i1Display Pro