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Color iMatch

Formulation Software


Color iMatch formula management and quality control software for plastics, paint, and textiles yields better matches in fewer steps and with fewer corrections.

Color Matching and Formulation Software for Plastics, Paint,
and Textiles

Color iMatch is an intuitive, job-oriented color formula management and quality control software for the paint, plastic, textile, and building material industries. Using industry-leading multi-flux technology, it intelligently processes color data to provide optimal initial color matches and reduce wasteful formulation attempts. Color iMatch has the power to help lab managers and formulation professionals streamline complicated workflows, improve formulation efficiency, and reduce wasted time and materials.


  • Increase initial match rate by up to 50% and cut correction steps in half with the industry’s smartest multi-flux engine that identifies the best candidate formulas, provides specific formulation guidance, and incorporates leftover materials to work off waste.
  • Easily transition existing customer data and improve database performance by identifying opportunities to enhance the value of legacy color data using the built-in Color Assortment Editor.
  • Visually evaluate achievability using the Gamut Viewer, which offers a unique target overlay to help make educated formulation decisions.
  • Directionally adjust formulations to reduce process and material variations that occur between laboratory and production.
  • Quickly move between jobs by applying dynamic Formulation Rules that include process, material and customer specifications.

Color iMatch is available in a variety of configurations to help you effectively formulate color and efficiently utilize your staff, processes, and tools throughout the supply chain. Color iMatch is PantoneLIVE-enabled for easy access to the most up-to-date digital color standards. It is compatible with current and future Microsoft Operating Systems and offers support for X-Rite and non-X-Rite instruments.
What's Different About Version 10?

Learn how the multi-flux engine in Color iMatch can help you determine the best formulas for innovative bases, transparency, and special effects.

How much can YOU save with Color iMatch?

Use our Color iMatch ROI tool to find out how much you can save with this formulation software.


Measurement Conditions Reflectance, Tranmission, Reflectance / Transmission, Over Light / Over Dark, SCI / SCE
Color Differences FMCII, CIE DL*, Da*, Db*, CIE DL*, DC*, DH*, Hunter DL, Da, Db, All Attributes of CIELab, CIELch or HunterLab, CMC (l:c), CIE2000 (l:c:h)
Color Spaces CIE L*a*b*, CIE L*C*h*, Hunter Lab, CIE (XYZxy)
Illuminants D50, D55, D65, D75, F2, F7, F11, C, A, Horizon, TL84, Ultralume 3000
Observers 2 degree,10 degree
Standard Indices Whiteness [ASTM E313, CIE, GANZ, Berger, Stensby, Taube, Tappi], Yellowness [ASTM E313, D1925], Opacity [Contrast Ratio, Tappi], Strength [SWL, Summed, Weighted Sum], Haze, Munsell Notation, Orange Juice, Gloss [ASTM E429, Gloss60], Grey Scale [ISO 105, Staining, Color Change], Metamerism, Color Constancy Index, APHA, Gardner Color Index, ASTM Color Index, Saybolt Color Index, AATCC TM203 Light Blocking Index, DIN55979 Blackness Index, G7 Substrate Compensation
Configuration Options Basic, Professional, Management, Satellite, Online Editions
Databases MS Access, MS SQL Server
Experience Level Beginner to Advanced
Import/Export Format CxF, QTX, JB5, MIF
Languages Supported English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Japanese, Chinese
Supported Devices eXact, eXact Scan, eXact XP, CI4200, CI52, CI62, CI64, 962, 964, Color i5, Color i7, CE-7000A, CI7600, CI7800, SP62, SP64
User Experience Configurable
Industry Standards See Standard Indices
Ink Wells / Ink Units No
Mobile Device Compatibility No
NetProfiler Support Yes
PantoneLIVE Support Yes
Pass / Fail Yes
Sample Preview Yes
What's Included? Installation CD with Instructions
Android No
Apple iOS No
Windows Win 7, Win 10
Available Disk Space 5 GB - 100 GB
Connectivity USB-Port
Display Resolution 1024 x 768
Internet Connection Yes, for PantoneLIVE
Memory 2GB
Number of Displays Supported per Workstation 1
Optical Drive Yes
Processor Core 2 Duo, 2 G
Security Install Only
Compatible Android Devices None
Compatible iOS Devices None

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News and Events


K Show 2019

Visit the X-Rite Pantone booth at K Show 2019 to see exciting innovations for plastics, like our latest release of Color iMatch formulation software and the Ci7860 benchtop and Ci64 handheld sphere spectrophotometers.

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