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Add Pantone Plus Library to Adobe Apps for Free

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The Pantone Plus Digital Libraries Installer is a free utility that allows you to integrate the Pantone Plus Libraries quickly and easily into the Adobe Creative Suite.

Simply run the installer and the new Pantone Plus Libraries will be placed in the correct folder for easy use from within the Adobe Creative Suite.

Download the Mac installer

Download the PC installer

Pantone Plus Color Library Technical Notes

Please note: This Pantone Plus Digital Libraries Installer will make it easy to add the new PLUS SERIES Color Libraries to Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign and Adobe Photoshop. The Pantone Plus Libraries will be differentiated from the pre-existing Pantone Libraries by a “Pantone+” designation in the Library name.

This installer includes the following Pantone Plus Color Libraries:
Pantone+ Solid Coated
Pantone+ Solid Uncoated
Pantone+ Color Bridge Coated
Pantone+ Color Bridge Uncoated
Pantone+ Premium Metallics Coated
Pantone+ Pastels & Neons Coated
Pantone+ Pastels & Neons Uncoated
Pantone+ CMYK Coated
Pantone+ CMYK Uncoated

System Requirements
Microsoft operating systems: Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7
Apple operating systems: Mac OS X 10.4 or later

Please note that running this installer will replace the existing Pantone Libraries in Adobe Illustrator with the latest versions of the Pantone Libraries in the Pantone Plus SERIES. The Pantone Libraries that currently exist in Adobe Illustrator will be placed in a folder (Program FilesPantone Color Book Backup CS), which can be used again, if needed.

The reason that the Pantone Color Libraries that had been built into Illustrator need to be removed and replaced with the Pantone Plus Color Libraries is that, in Illustrator, a Pantone Color can only have one data point with which it is associated. In the short term, in order to benefit from the new colors and data associated in PLUS, the Pantone Libraries that are installed with Adobe Illustrator are removed and replaced with the new PLUS Libraries.

In Adobe Photoshop and Adobe InDesign, the Pantone Plus SERIES Libraries are installed in addition to the existing Swatch Libraries.

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Posted on: August 5, 2010

Terri Stone

3 Comments on Add Pantone Plus Library to Adobe Apps for Free

  1. For which versions of the Adobe Creative Suite?

  2. I am disappointed with the library as implemented. In InDesign, when I select Pantone +, I can’t select the color by typing the color number, as I used to do with the old CMYK process systems. The dialog box fills with the word “PANTONE” and you must choose the color by scrolling through. Very stupid!

    Also, I’m skeptical about the new Pantone + system. When I see color specified with as low as 1% ink, I wonder how realistic this system is. I may be an old dog, but sheetfed presses I know can’t handle less than 3% dots — they disappear.

    Since new swatchbooks and tools from Pantone costs significant bucks, I’d really like to know how printers feel about this new system. Anyone have any experience on press checks or from printers?

  3. I am disappointed with the library as implemented. In InDesign, when I select Pantone +, I can’t select the color by typing the color number, as I used to do with the old CMYK process systems. The dialog box fills with the word “PANTONE” and you must choose the color by scrolling through. Very stupid!

    Also, I’m skeptical about the new Pantone + system. When I see color specified with as low as 1% ink, I wonder how realistic this system is. I may be an old dog, but sheetfed presses I know can’t handle less than 3% dots — they disappear.

    Since new swatchbooks and tools from Pantone costs significant bucks, I’d really like to know how printers feel about this new system. Anyone have any experience on press checks or from printers?

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