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X-Rite Announces ColorDesigner PLUS 3.0 for Retail Paint


Includes support for all dispensing systems from one software application for ease of use and new automatic system update capabilities to ensure that the software is always up-to-date.


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., September 12, 2016 X-Rite Incorporated, a global leader in color science and technology, and its subsidiary Pantone LLC, today announced the newest version of its industry leading retail paint color matching software, ColorDesigner® PLUS version 3.0. Paint departments in large retail brands and independent paint and hardware retailers use ColorDesigner PLUS in conjunction with an X-Rite MatchRite iVue non-contact spectrophotometer or an X-Rite Ci61 handheld instrument to make paint selection and mixing simple, fast, and accurate. The latest updates to ColorDesigner PLUS 3.0 provide improved Color Lookup, support for all color dispensing systems and automatic system updates.


The faster and more accurately a paint department can match a customer’s sample, the more likely it is that the customer will return to the store in the future,” said Chris Winczewski, Vice President of Product Marketing, X-Rite Pantone. “Designed to streamline the process of matching and dispensing paint at the retail counter, ColorDesigner PLUS 3.0 allows paint department associates to spend more time helping customers to ensure that final paint colors match expectations. The software’s latest features help transform a paint counter into a design center and build customer loyalty.”


ColorDesigner PLUS 3.0 includes:

  • Direct management and control of dispensers allowing paint departments to manage both color matching and dispensing from one system. By seamlessly connecting to all color dispensing systems, ColorDesigner PLUS 3.0 eliminates the need for a second computer or application, saves time, and optimizes counter space.

  • Improved Color Lookup to help paint associates quickly search the color collections of both the store and competitive brands to more accurately find paint colors requested by customers. This expanded selection reduces rework and improves customer satisfaction.

  • Automatic system updates delivered through a cloud-based infrastructure, allow retailers to have confidence that their software is always up-to-date across the entire store network. The latest color collections and formulas are automatically updated with no additional effort required from IT to download files or install disks.


ColorDesigner PLUS 3.0 is available worldwide. For more information, visit


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About X-Rite

Founded in 1958, X-Rite Incorporated is a global leader in color science and technology. With its wholly owned subsidiary Pantone, X-Rite employs more than 800 people in 11 countries. The company’s corporate headquarters are located in Grand Rapids, Mich., with regional headquarters in Europe and Asia and service centers across Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and the Americas. X-Rite Pantone offers a full range of color management solutions used by manufacturers, retailers, printers, photographers and graphic design houses to achieve precise management and communication of color throughout their processes. X-Rite Pantone products and services are recognized standards in the printing, packaging, photography, graphic design, video, automotive, paints, plastics, textiles and medical industries. For further information, please visit For the latest news, information and conversations, connect with X-Rite on LinkedIn, Vimeo, Twitter, and Facebook.


About Pantone

Pantone LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of X-Rite, Incorporated, has been the world’s color authority for nearly 50 years, providing design professionals with products and services for the colorful exploration and expression of creativity. Always a source for color inspiration, Pantone also offers paint and designer-inspired products and services for consumers. More information is available at For the latest news, trends, information and conversations, connect with Pantone on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest.

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