myPantone for iPhone review
myPantone for iPhone is a cross-referencing system for Pantone’s major colour libraries in your pocket. It lets you identify colours and experiment with colours groups while on the go. Since it’s targeted at designers who probably know their way around a colour wheel, the decision of whether to fork out £5.99 for the app may depend on how often you get out from behind your desk.
MyPantone opens to an attractive and colourful interface starting with a rainbow guide at the top. Swiping your finger across the rainbow animates a fan deck facsimile in the middle of the screen from which you can zero in on the colours you’re interested in. As you move your finger across the guide, you can watch as colours dynamically change in either a fan view or a chip view; and easily toggle between these views. This gives you three ways to navigate your colour system on the touch screen.
You can use myPantone to analyse and cross reference colours, too. Each swatch contains the colour’s RGB, L* a* b*, and HTML number. Double-tapping a colour swatch from the palette gives you more colour details and annotation opportunities. You can give a colour a text tag or a voice memo, view a cross-reference of that colour to all the other Pantone colour systems included, and view colours in complementary, analogous, and triadic combinations.
MyPantone could be extremely valuable for people who work with colours but there’s room for improvement. Many users have requested a CMYK library, which makes sense for such an app. Despite some small interface flaws, and the obvious limitation of relying on an iPhone to accurately gauge colour, designers who work with colour can benefit tremendously by such an informative and versatile app.