Pantone® is leaving ADOBE
As of March 2022 Pantone will be leaving Adobe - If you totally missed the news, that's not surprising; it was quietly announced by Adobe at the end of November 2021, and many graphic arts professionals are still trying to figure out what the repercussions will be. Meanwhile, Abode has told users to "stay tuned for updates."
THE PANTONE APP alternative
Pantone is directing its users to download Pantone Connect, an app that's available via the
Adobe Extension Marketplace for use in Adobe Creative Suite, App Store® (iOS) and Google Play® (Android) for your smartphone, and as a web application for your web browser.
Pantone Connect provides access to more than 15,000 colors on the free version. The premium, paid version includes more colors and additional features, such as accessibility support and collaboration tools.
The jury is still out on how bumpy this change in workflow will be for both designers and printers, but will definitely mean an added cost for those who want to continue accessing the full gamut of Pantone colors within Adobe products. At the time of this writing, the app costs $7.99/month or $59.99/year. https://www.pantone.com/connect/pricing
3/28/2022 08:51:51 pm
At one time (when I started in design oh so many years ago), capitalism was still in good order. At least in my universe. I saw transparent pricing, few oligopolies, and not too many legal or other traps to fall into. In the design field there were many options with regard to design/production platforms. But as the years passed, Adobe came to dominate and for the most part it's been relatively benign — as a community we all get along and benefit from a nicely integrated design/production "system" — a well oiled machine as it were. This move by Pantone just strikes me as a petty, and well, greedy. If I need to use spot color it's likely that I'll call and ask if you employ Toyo or some alternative and design accordingly. I don't think Pantone should be profiteering and I'd like to see them lose market share frankly where it matters most — ink on paper. I realize I might sound vindictive and that's really not my point. Strategically, it would be better for Pantone to remain integrated and perhaps be satisfied with a renegotiating a licensing deal rather than causing us the end users possible headaches. Just look at the typeface universe and you'll understand my logic. Well... good luck to all of us!
Glenn, thank you for sharing your perspective as a designer. As more companies are moving to a SAAS model the landscape will definitely change. This is a slippery slop for both the designer and the printer relationship. We will stay on top of this and post updates. Happy Designing.
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