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ColorCert Desktop Tools

For Quality Control in Print & Packaging

ColorCert Desktop Tools is a modular solution enabling accurate creation of color specifications and process control at multiple points throughout the packaging workflow.

Process Control for Packaging Workflows

Todays’ complex packaging workflows require specialized tools to ensure accurate, repeatable color, from job to job across the plant or around the globe. As the range of inks, printing technologies and substrates has expanded, so has the complexity of maintaining color and print quality across various shifts and sites. Printers and packaging converters must ensure color is right the first time, right every time, in order to gain and retain customers in an increasingly competitive environment.

ColorCert Desktop Tools is a collection of software modules that help printers and converters meet this challenge. Each is focused on specific elements of the workflow, from prepress and proofing, to the ink room and on press process control. ColorCert Desktop Tools allow:

  • Creation of print specifications.
  • Measurement and certification of proofs.
  • Print process control on-press, in real-time.
  • Ink room quality assurance and direct connectivity with InkFormulation Software, sending measurements taken on press to the ink room for evaluation and reformulation.


  • The ColorCert Suite was purpose built for the packaging industry to enable definition of specifications to fit the needs of the packaging workflow, from spot color and CMYK to CMYK/OGV. It utilizes specialty packaging metrics such as ink strength, white ink opacity, and colorimetric dot gain to align metrics with common packaging practices.
  • ColorCert Desktop Tools make it easy for both prepress and the pressroom to use the same ICC and CGATS profiles, align their efforts to the same expectation. They also connect process control with the ink room, sending press measurements directly to InkFormulation Software for reformulation as needed.
  • ColorCert Desktop Tools can also integrate with inline/near line measurement systems such as ITX2 Pro, AVT SpectraLab, and BST iPQ Spectral, providing for greater flexibility within your workflow.
  • ColorCert Desktop Tools can retrieve information directly from MIS and other systems, as well as pass PDF metadata, and extensive automation capabilities for complete job assembly, for a streamlined, efficient job set-up and monitoring process.
  • ColorCert Desktop Tools allows converters to provide their brand owner customers with real-time ColorCert Scorecard data that confirms compliance with brand owner specifications including G7 and PSO guidelines, speeding approval processes and often eliminating the need for expensive and time consuming on-site press checks.

ColorCert Desktop Tools Include:

  • ColorCert Inkroom: Used to evaluate color quality of inks based on jobs created in ColorCert Manager or self-created color standard definitions. Supports file formats such as ColorCert Assets, CxF and MIF, ICC Profiles, CGATS, and PantoneLIVE.
  • ColorCert Pressroom: Used at press-side for process control. Load ColorCert Jobs or quickly set up new jobs based on templates created in ColorCert Manager using the Job Setup wizard. Includes Inkroom Tools to load ColorCert jobs, make quick checks and generate reports on individual ink colors. Its easy-to-use interface highlights areas that require attention, while providing guidance as to necessary corrective actions. This allows press operators to spend less time troubleshooting and more time maintaining and monitoring the press run.
  • ColorCert Manager: The complete set of ColorCert Desktop Tools. ColorCert Manager is primarily used to develop ColorCert Jobs and maintain ColorCert Assets. Software modules include Pressroom Tools, QA Tools, Proofing Tools, Inkroom Tools, and ColorCert Editors.
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Available Disk Space 1GB or Greater
Color Differences ∆E, ΔEcmc, ΔE94, ΔE00, ΔDensity, ΔLab, ΔLCh, ΔCIE Whiteness, ∆Brightness (TAPPI452), ΔStrength (SUM), ΔStrength (WSUM), ΔStrength (XYZ Auto), ΔStrength (XYZ Mean K/S), ∆Opacity, ∆Gloss, ∆MBR, w∆L, w∆Ch, ∆TVI (Dot Gain)
Color Spaces CIE L*a*b*, CIE L*C*h*(ab), CIE L*C*h*(uv), CIE XYZ, CIE xyY, CIE Luv
Configuration Options Manager, Pressroom, Pressroom Essentials, Inkroom, QA
Connectivity USB, Bluetooth
Databases SQLite, MS SQL Server
Display Resolution 1400 x 900 (Minimum)
Illuminants A, B, C, D50, D55, D65, D75, F2, F7, F11, UL35
Import/Export Format CxF, MIF, XTF, CGATS, ICC
Internet Connection Yes, Used for Activation (Offline Activation Available) and Communication to Repository Server, Scorecard Server, and PantoneLIVE.  Proxy configuration is available within the software application preferences.
Languages Supported English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Finnish, Czech, Japanese, Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional, Vietnamese, and Korean
Macintosh macOS 10.14 (Mojave), macOS 10.15 (Catalina), macOS 11.0 (Big Sur)
Measurement Conditions Reflectance, M0, M1, M2, M3, SPIN, SPEX
Memory 4 Gbyte
NetProfiler Support Yes
Observers 2 degree, 10 degree
PantoneLIVE Support Yes
Processor 1 GHz; 2 GHz Recommended
Security System Administrator Rights Required for Installation Only
Supported Devices eXact, Ci6x

Windows® 8, Windows® 8.1, Windows® 10; 32 or 64 Bit

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TLMI Annual Meeting 2021

Join X-Rite Pantone at the 2021 TLMI Annual Meeting October 17-19 to meet our Color Experts, learn about our ink color measurement solutions, and ask questions.


Join X-Rite at INFOFLEX 2021 May 12-13 and May 18-20 in FTA’s Virtual Conference Center to learn about our packaging solutions.

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Join X-Rite Pantone at the COLOR22 Conference January 22-25 to meet our Color Experts, learn about our print and packaging color measurement solutions, and ask questions.


Join X-Rite Pantone at FTA INFOFLEX 2022 March 14-15 to meet our Color Experts and learn about color measurement solutions and best practices to improve your flexographic workflow.

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