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Cross-platform color

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Type: Term
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Cross platform color management refers to managing color between different operating systems. Getting your Mac and Wintel monitors to match and your printed output to be the same is a difficult task. Luckly, several things are in place to help, and others are on their way.

- ICC Profiles - are platform-independent by definition. That means you can easily move them from machine to machine.
- Adobe Photoshop 5.x is available on both platforms and implements color management (mostly) the same way on both.

Some things working against you are:

- The gamma settings can be quite different between the Mac and PC. Photoshop can compensate for this when designing, but when displaying on different systems you can have problems.
- Windows does not implement color management on nearly the same scale, nor do as many content creation programs support ICC color management.

See Also

Term: MacOS
Term: UNIX
Term: Windows 98
Term: Windows NT
Term: ICC International Color Consortium
Term: Gamma