Pantone chipbook, here it is: Pantone has released its new Pantone Plus System,
the company’s most comprehensive upgrade to the Pantone Matching System
in a decade. Plus expands some of the innovations of the 2007 Pantone
Goe release (like chromatic arrangement and uniform ink thickness)
across Pantone’s flagship product set. Here’s what’s new.
- 224 more solids
- 300 more metallics (with improved color-fidelity when coated)
- 42 fresh neons
The Plus System is rounded out with two iPhone apps: myPantone ($9.99) lets you capture, develop or share Pantone color palettes on-the-go, while myPantone X-ref ($1.99) shows you the closest match of a shade from one Pantone library to another. (Check out the 25 best color apps for the iPhone here.)
The new release also uses the same 14 ink bases printers are already using for PMS print jobs, with more consistent ink film thicknesses for improved on-press matching. The system’s books and chips also come printed on text-weight paper instead of cover-weight, a welcome shift to a more common paper-stock for design projects. It also coordinates seamlessly with Adobe, Agfa Graphics, Canon, EFI, Epson, Esko, Heidelberg, Quark and Xerox products.
Finally, you can trade in your old Pantone books via the Chip In program to earn up to a $50 rebate on an upgrade purchase. Believe us: your trusty Pantone chipbook is probably a wonkier color-match than you imagine, and prices for a Plus upgrade are reasonable (and tax-deductible).