[Scribus] Color swatches - Legal and technical issues

jon info
Wed Jan 31 19:51:46 CET 2007

Am 31.01.2007 um 19:04 schrieb Louis Desjardins:

> Gregory Pittman a ?crit :
>> Branko Vukelic wrote:
>>> Joining this debate on color a bit late.
>>> I think, too, that an open alternative to any proprietary color 
>>> system
>>> would be beneficial. First of all, it would be possible to describe
>>> colors in a consistent and standard way, and every major (or minor,
>>> for that matter) software vendor would be free to implement it.
>>> Secondly, anyone who knows how to measure color would be able to
>>> invent *proprietary* formulas, make profit off it and still use the
>>> open color system as a reference. There could be, for instance, 3, or
>>> 4, or 100 different formulas for color OpenMatch ABC123 and from
>>> different vendors. Suddenly the printers would no longer have to rely
>>> upon one producer for their supplies.

Do they have to? Here in Europe it's at least 2main color systems
(and other continents may have their own specialized systems):
HKS and Pantone (with the largest palette).
HKS is adopted by some/many? printing color manufacturers. Pantone 

As far as I may understand your claim, an open match table might collect
widely (world-wide?) spread color systems from different manufacturers?
There is, in my opinion, only one wich is spread widely enough to 
fullfill this
need. May be I am wrong?

Why should a vendor produce colors different from the main system(s), 
what might be her benefit?

Most printers/printshops (40 down to 6 people) I know are happy to rely 
on only
one or two producers.

None of them is able to provide even the full range of Pantone colors 
from stock.
They mix certain colors from the range they have available. Imo it's 
not likely they
want to put more pots of a completely different color systems from 
different vendors,
which stay half empty and that they cannot blend, in their stock.
Pantone offers a wide range of colors (and color samples), the 
standards are
guaranteed and customers are used to it.

How wide (world in mind) might an open matching system spread? How to 
all color formulars are interoperable (chemical, physical)?

Don't misunderstand, I would very much appreciate an open standard - 
but for now
I don't think there are substantial needs or benefits in it.

>> I wonder if this is something that could find a way to come up at the
>> LGM2 in Montreal? Seems like the perfect venue for the concept.
> Agree.
> Anyone wishing to discuss LGM content can also join #lgm on IRC on
> freenode.net
> Or still use this fabulous mailing list!
> I also want to have some more information on press inks and the
> relationship with Pantone specifications.
> We could file some info on the wiki (maybe already done, haven't 
> checked).
> BTW the majority of Pantone colors don't have a name. They go by
> numbers. Only some greys and some special colors have names. Such as
> Pantone Yellow, Pantone Rubine, Pantone Rhodamine, or else, Pantone
> Purple, Violet, Reflex Blue. The rest is a long list of numbers.

Pantones numbers are meant to be used as and are commonly known as 
Why should numbers not be used as names? Aah, this might lead to some 
philosophical discussion?
If so, sorry.
I don't mentioned it.

BTW, what is LGM?


> Knowing that there are lots of ink makers in the printing industry, it
> would be useful to have some of them show up here and say what they 
> know
> about this issue. I will try to get some info but it might take some 
> time.
> Louis
> LGM 2007 organiser
>> Greg
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