Model #: tac-pan

PANTORA™ Material Hub

PANTORA, a desktop application, is the controlling hub of the TAC ecosystem. It allows users to store, manage, view and edit digitally captured materials and to exchange these materials, via a vendor neutral Appearance Exchange (AxF) file format.

Browse, View and Edit Virtual Materials in Real Time

The X-Rite PANTORA™ Material Hub desktop application is designed to simplify the management of a large volume of complex color and appearance data. It acts as a controlling hub among all X-Rite Total Appearance Capture (TAC™) Ecosystem components, connecting digital material input sources with output destinations such as Virtual Light Booth, third-party rendering software and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) Systems.


The PANTORA Material Hub includes a Material Browser to find, acquire and import digital materials directly from instruments or from local or cloud databases; a Material Viewer enabling materials to be applied to arbitrary geometry and rendered in a virtual scene; and a Material Editor that allow users to see the impact of changing gloss levels or special-effect pigment concentrations.


  • Create large textured areas from small scans using advanced quilting and synthetic algorithms in a highly automated process that allows users to quickly create virtual samples without the need for a large physical sample.
  • Quickly find, acquire and import digital material specifications in AxF™ format
  • Apply materials to arbitrary geometry, rendering them in real-time in a virtual scene for an immersive digital material evaluation experience.
  • Use multi-angle spectrophotometers like the X-Rite MA 9X family as well as image-based color capturing devices like X-Rite CAPSURE to add new data and variations in the editing process.
  • Take advantage of online editing in the CPU or GPU shader with results visible in real time in the selected scene.

The PANTORA Material Hub provides an efficient, convenient repository that makes it fast and easy to acquire, browse, import and edit digital material specifications for use in the Total Appearance Capture (TAC) Ecosystem as well as with 3D rendering and PLM systems. Combined with Virtual Light Booth, it creates a real-time immersive experience for evaluation of all types of digital materials, shortening product development cycles and improving overall product quality.

Total Appearance Capture Ecosystem

Total Appearance Capture Ecosystem

The TAC™ Ecosystem is an award-winning appearance solution that enables an unmatched level of realism and efficiency in digital material capture and 3D design. Accurately and consistently share material appearance information across every step of the product development process to reduce design approval cycles and accelerate time to market.

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Minimum Order Quantity


3rd Party Software Supported

Autodesk VRED Professional 2016 (AxF 1.0 - BTF, SVBRDF, CPA 1.0)
Autodesk VRED Professional 2017 (AxF 1.0 1.1; 1.2 – BTF, SVBRDF, CPA 1.0 and 2.0)
Nvidia iRay 2016-2 (AxF 1.3 – SVBRDF, CPA without flakes)

Configuration Options

TAC7 or Standard

Experience Level


Import/Export Format

Materials: AxF; .ma; .vpb*
Objects: .obj
Environments: .hdr, .exr
Scenes: *requires a VRED 2016 or 2017 Professional license on the same computer

Instrument Display


Languages Supported


Software Development Kit


Software Modes

TAC7 or Basic

Supported Devices


User Experience

Wizard for measurement, Configurable for the rest

Mobile Device Compatibility


NetProfiler Support


PantoneLIVE Support




Apple iOS





Windows 7 64 bit or
Windows 10 64 bit

Available Disk Space

Min. 1 TB free space


Min. 1 Gigabit Ethernet adapter (recommended: 2 adapters, one dedicated for TAC7 communication)

Display Resolution 1080p or higher
Internet Connection

Not required


Min. 16 GB

Number of Displays Supported per Workstation


Optical Drive

Internet or usb dongle


Intel Xeon or Core i7 recommended (AMD CPUs not tested by X-Rite), min. 8 virtual cores (for example 4 physical and 2x hyperthreading) , min. 10,000 CPU Marks recommended


User must have Administrator rights to install and uninstall the application

Video Card

NVIDIA Quadro or GeForce (AMD GPUs not tested by X-Rite), min. 2 GB RAM, min. 5,000 G3D Marks recommended

Compatible Android Devices


Compatible iOS Devices


Data Format AxF

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Appearance Exchange Format (AxF™)

AxF is a vendor-neutral file format that digitally stores and shares a material’s appearance properties across PLM, CAD and rendering applications.

Virtual Light Booth

The Virtual Light Booth provides an unparalleled ability to accurately compare physical and digital material samples, streamlining the design approval process and accelerating time to market.

News and Events



X-Rite Pantone is excited to exhibit at SIGGRAPH 2018, the world’s largest, most influential annual event in computer graphics and interactive techniques. Come visit us at booth #401 for a live demo of our Total Appearance Capture (TAC) Ecosystem and hear Nicholas Bazarian talk about color schemes and design for digital media on August 12th .

Munich Fabric Start

X-Rite Pantone is excited to exhibit at Munich Fabric Start, where we will present as part of a joint end-to-end innovative product development and design process solution. Come visit us at the KeyHouse hall #5 booth #16 for a live demo of our Total Appearance Capture (TAC) Ecosystem and see how it can transform your designs!

Footwear Sourcing Innovation Summit in NY

The Footwear Sourcing Innovation Summit is a one-day conference by FDRA, focused 100% on footwear, exploring global footwear sourcing, supply chain and factory compliance issues and trends. Come listen to X-Rite’s Dr. Marc Ellens talk about the Total Appearance Capture Ecosystem.

Footwear Materials & Innovation Summit

The Footwear Materials & Innovation Summit is a 2 days conference held by FDRA in North Carolina's College of Textiles. The Summit will focus on current and emerging materials and material developments at an in-depth technical level, and will be designed for material, product development and sourcing teams looking to learn about new materials and upgraded design process. Come listen to X-Rite’s Dr. Marc Ellens talk about the Total Appearance Capture Ecosystem in a joint panel about material innovation.

PI Apparel New York 2018

PI Apparel NY 2018 is the most innovative gathering for the fashion, apparel and footwear industry, bringing advanced technologies in the heart of the world’s fashion capital. Come visit X-Rite booth to see a live demo of the Total Appearance Capture Ecosystem.

PI Apparel Milan 2018

PI Apparel Milan 2018 is the most innovative gathering for the fashion, apparel and footwear industry, bringing advanced technologies to fashionable Milan. Come visit X-Rite booth to see a live demo of the Total Appearance Capture Ecosystem

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