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Main Window: Sidebar – Data Sets – History

Overview

ColorAnt’s main window is divided into 3 sections: The Sidebar, Data Sets and History. All tools are located and grouped by function on the left side in the Sidebar, measurement data is shown in the Data Sets section on the right hand side upper window. Tools applied to the measurement data show are shown in the lower right hand side History window.

Working With ColorAnt

When viewing measurement data, the View Options in the 2D and tabs have been updated with additional color channel check boxes for the primary colors available in the loaded data set. The color channel check boxes can be combined with the above color filters so that only the Multicolor Primaries or Secondaries can be shown. This greatly facilitates finding and viewing patches. The removed viewing options, Duplex and Triplex known from previous versions of ColorAnt, can be compensated by selecting appropriate color channels individually (e.g. Cyan + Black shows duplex combinations and Cyan + Magenta + Black shows triplex combinations). Both options were removed to gain space in the user interface. In addition, the filters work in combination with the color channels. If, for example, the check box Secondaries is enabled, the check boxes Primaries and White are automatically enabled. They can be disabled if only two color combinations (Secondaries) are to be highlighted. The TVI tab allows users to switch between the typical density based dot gain curves according to Murray Davies or the modern colorimetric dot gain curves according to ISO 20654 (SCTV). Linear dot gain curves according to ISO 20654 would show a straight horizontal line.

Data Sets

Displays relevant information about the measurement data: Number of Patches, DCS (color model: Lab, CMYK, RGB, Multicolor) and measurement type CIE (colorimetric = Lab, spectral = Remission).

Open or import data

Measurement data can either be opened (File > Open) or dragged and dropped into the Data Sets window.

Note: If measurement data has been saved in an ICC profile (e.g. in profiles created by ColorLogic’s CoPrA), it can simply be dragged and dropped onto the Data Sets window. The measured values are then displayed. If the profile does not contain any measured values, an error message appears.

Predefined data and recently opened files are also available from the File menu.

Measurement data can also be captured using the Measure Tool and transferred to ColorAnt. Measurement files created by Measure Tool are saved in the folder User Name/Documents/ColorAnt/MeasurementData.

History

History: Shows the tools and corrections applied to the measurement data of each editing step and allows to switch between different editing states of a file. By clicking on an entry in the History window (either above or below the current status) an individual processing step can be accessed and checked, for example in the View window.

Double-clicking on an entry in the History opens a window that displays the settings that were applied to the data in exactly this step. This information can be saved as a PDF document using Save Log.

This has an additional advantage when averaging files using the Averaging tool. The averaging log contains a detailed report with sample colors that compares the averaged data with all files and provides useful statistics for process control, such as standard deviations (sigma, 2 sigma, 3 sigma) for Density, dE and dH/dL. This makes it easy to identify colors with large deviations.

Save History Log: Saves all changes applied to all files to a PDF document.

View and Compare

Advanced viewing options for ColorAnt’s tools located at the bottom of the main window that can be enabled for both viewing measurement data (View) and pre and post comparison of measurement data (Compare). At the bottom of the sidebar, you can access the Registration page, where you can load and manage your licenses. Absolute or Relative Density can be set in ColorAnt’s Preferences.

Contextual Menu

The context menu can be opened with a right click on a selected measurement file and thus enables quick access to all tools of the Sidebar and the functions from the File menu of the menu bar.

In addition to functions for rotating and mirroring test charts, the context menu also contains the following entries:

Layout: Allows to change the width and height of color patches. For example, you can define the number of rows in a chart by Height and the number of columns by Width.

Delete: Removes the selected files from the Data Sets window. However, the files are not deleted from the hard disk.

Clear History: Removes all entries in the History window.

Sidebar

Automatic Correction

Auto 

Correct measurement data automatically

Data Import/Export

Custom Chart 

Create custom reference files for test chart creation

Export Chart

Create printable test charts from custom reference files

Measure
 

Measuring printed test charts with the Measure Tool

Report
 

Detailed analysis of measurement data as PDF or XML file

Embed
CxF/X-4

Embed spectral color information in PDF files

Editing

Redundancies

Remove redundant color patches

Correction

Correct erroneous and inconsistent measurement data

Smoothing

Smooth and correct measurement data

White/Black Correction 

Adjust the black and white of measurement files

Brightener

Remove optical brightener from measurement data

Tone Value

Adjust dot gain curves

Rescale

Scale measurement files to create required test chart layouts

Edit Primaries 

Add, remove or exchange primaries and paper white in existing measurement data

Color Editor

Optimize color patches and (spot) colors

Merging and Conversion

Averaging

Average measured values from multiple similar test chart prints

Link

Combine measurements from several test charts into a new measurement file

ICC Transformation 

Comparisons and profile tests with printer and DeviceLink profiles

CIE Conversion

Change the observer and illumination

Menu Bar

ColorAnt

ColorAnt

About: Calls the Registration. Contains information about the version and build number.
Preferences: Adapt ColorAnt to your requirements. Define the display of density, the tone value calculation, report settings and general settings.

File

Under File you can open, save or export data in various formats.

Save As: Saves files in the following formats:

  • CGATS text file (txt)
  • CGATS XML file (xml)
  • Named ICC profiles (icc)
  • Color Exchange Format (CxF3)
  • Photoshop Palette (aco)
  • Adobe Swatch Exchange (ase)
  • GMG CSC file (csc)

Special features of the formats:
Named Color Profiles are special ICC profiles that are intended for spot color tables. They contain the CIE and DCS values in addition to the color name.
ACO and ASE files can contain either CIE or DCS values. Therefore, when saving in one of the two formats, a message appears to select which data should be saved.

Duplicate: Creates a copy of the selected file.

Export Lab/XYZ/Density/CxF/X-4: Data can be exported in the following formats:

As Lab, XYZ, density in formats such as CGATS text files (txt) or Color Exchange Format (CxF3).

For more information on this format, see the help on Export CxF/X-4.

Help

Help

What’s New

View what’s new, including features and bug fixes in ColorAnt

Online Help

ColorAnt’s Online Help Guide

Quick Start Guide

Access ColorAnt’s online Quick Start Guide

Readme

Version notes for the current release

Register

Access the Registration information window

Automatic Update Check

The automatic update check in ColorAnt checks for updates via an internet connection. Enable Automatic Update Checks may be disabled at any time which is recommended if an internet connection is not available. When disabled, it is still possible to manually access an update and download it directly from the dialog.

Save Support Data

If support issues arise, use the Save Support Data menu entry under Help to save support data and send it to a ColorLogic representative for assistance. This feature will gather the required information such as the operating system used, ColorAnt’s log, Files and the functions enabled when the issue occurred.