Datacolor Tools is an easy-to-use color quality control application for industries where color accuracy is a critical component of overall product quality. It enables objective analysis, reporting, communication and visualization of accurate color results. By setting pass/fail tolerances you can ensure consistent color quality and remove subjectivity in your color evaluation process.

 

This solution is designed for color development and quality control specialists in the textile, automotive, paint, plastic, ink, paper, cosmetics and other industries.

 

Datacolor TOOLS – Evaluate color quality using a range of color difference formulas, graphics, and indices from CIE, TAPPI, ISO, and more.

 

Datacolor SORT – Advanced shade sorting, clustering, and tapering to manage roll-to-roll color variation in the entire manufacturing process.

 

Datacolor MONITOR – Measure and report on side-center-side color variation to assure end-to-end color quality.

 

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Increase your productivity

Increase your productivity

 

  • Streamlined lite mode allows for faster data processing
  • High level of flexibility in defining, selecting and working with industry color standards
  • Ability to view colors on texture on a calibrated monitor enables full digital workflow
  • Seamless integration with Datacolor Match Textile and Match Pigment formulation software

Increase your productivity

Ensure product quality

Increase your productivity

Ensure product quality

 

  • Objective color assessment with accurate colorimetric data and visual quality representation
  • Open standard QTX protocol enables full color approval tracking and communication
  • Confident evaluation with a comprehensive list of illuminants, including latest CIE LED standards
  • Support more customers with the ability to add encrypted color
Simplify your workflow

Simplify your workflow

 

  • Intuitive user interface that is easy to learn and master
  • Customizable layout to meet your individual needs
  • Easy data navigation with the desktop explorer

Simplify your workflow

Painless transition

Painless transition

Painless transition

 

  • Full backward compatibility – QTX data exchange format is fully backward-compatible with Datacolor Tools 1.x and 2.x.
  • Streamlined functionalities in Datacolor Tools lite mode greatly improves the speed and performance
  • Suitable for installation in standalone, client-server LAN, or Terminal Server/Citrix environments.

Datacolor TOOLS 2.4® Software License

Component
Recommended
Notes
Processor Dual Core processor 1
Memory RAM 8 GB 1
Free Hard Drive Capacity 500 GB 1
Video Resolution True Color 2
CD/DVD Drive DVD Writer 3
Available Ports (1) RS-232 Serial (for older spectrophotometers), (3) USB 4
Operating System Windows 7 (32 or 64 bit), Windows 8 (32 or 64 bit), Windows 10 (32 or 64 bit) 5
Email (for supported level) Outlook 2007 or above, POP3
Authenticated Sybase Database, supplied with the system Sybase 12.0.1. EBF 3994
Optional Textile Database for SQL upon request Microsoft SQL Server 2008 6
Server OS Microsoft Server 2008R2, Microsoft Server 2012, Microsoft Server 2016

 

  1. Minimum system configurations may limit performance, data capacity and operation of some features. Faster processor, more memory and faster hard drives will significantly enhance performance.
  2. Accurate on-screen color display requires monitor calibration and true-color video mode.
  3. Datacolor TOOLS is supplied on one DVD and Sybase 12 is supplied on a DVD. Recommend a DVD writer for data backup and file transfer from stand-alone systems.
  4. Datacolor spectrophotometers use either an RS-232 Serial or USB connectors.
  5. Windows 32 bit and 64 bit operating systems are supported. 64 bit hardware running Windows 32 bit operating system is supported. Datacolor Tools is a 32 bit application.
  6. Microsoft SQL Server database is only available for the textile database format.
TOOLS Basic TOOLS PLUS WS TOOLS PLUS
General
Configurable button bars Yes Yes Yes
Hide menu bar/button bars NO Yes Yes
Screen forms Limited set of Yes Yes
Print forms Limited set of Yes Yes
File forms Limited set of Yes Yes
Multiple form display Yes Yes Yes
Marks & Spencer setup Yes Yes Yes
Manual curve adjustment NO Yes Yes
Manual gloss adjustment NO Yes Yes
Full range of Color Indices including: E313 Whiteness/Yellowness, Berger Whiteness, CIE Whiteness/Tint, Ganz-Griesser Whiteness, TAPPI 525 Brightness, R457 Brightness Yes Yes Yes
ASTM Haze (4 measurements) NO Yes Yes
Gray scale color change, Gray scale for staining NO form but in grid Yes Yes
ISO 150-A06 Standard Depth NO form but in grid Yes Yes
CMCCON97 Color Inconstancy Yes Yes Yes
DIN 6172 Metamerism index- additive and multiplicative Yes Yes Yes
APHA 10 Scale NO form but in grid Yes Yes
Statistics-std deviation, mean avg Yes Yes Yes
Tolerances:
CIE L*a*b*C*h* u*v*, CIE 94, CMC, CIE DE2000, DIN99, M&S 89 Yes Yes Yes
Datacolor, AI and Generic tolerancing NO creation of new Yes Yes
Tolerance Maintenance:
New/Edit/Delete multiple tolerance blocks Limited selection Yes Yes
Plots to support above Tolerances (2D and 3D) and absolute Trend and Histogram (not for generic Tolerances) Yes Yes Yes
3 Illuminant Plot display Yes Yes Yes
Envision Color Patch (new component) Color patch ( solid ) Yes Yes Yes
Color patch ( Image File ) NO Yes Yes
Connect a wide range of Datacolor and competitive Instruments Yes NO Yes
Form Elements- Form Backward compatible New Format of Form/Template No Form Editor Form Editor included
Text output, Edit boxes, List boxes, Buttons, Plots (new types) Yes Yes Yes
User defined fields NO Yes Yes
Date Picker NO Yes Yes
Various methods for Standard/Batch entry Manual entry of %R / %T values, Color Coordinates Yes NO Yes
Swap standard/batch NO Yes Yes
Load standard as batch and batch as standard Yes Yes Yes
Per-standard tolerances Yes Yes Yes
User Management:
Create a new user NO (only default ones) Yes Yes
Customizing a user profile NO Yes Yes
Direct link to Formulation Packages Yes Yes Yes
Direct link to TRACK and/or ENVISION NO Yes Yes
E-mail capability NO Yes Yes
Export to ASCII file Yes Yes Yes
Miscellaneous:
Create/Use Procedures (Form Editor) NO Yes Yes
Multiple user login NO Yes Yes
Create custom database fields NO NO Yes
Save modified Template as new NO Yes Yes
Terminal Server or Citrix Environment NO Yes Yes
Dynamic Sorting Module and Side-Center-Side Module NO optional optional