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PANTONE on Linux

Posted by: arahne on November 28, 2005 01:52 AM
Just one clarification:

Linux users aren't completely excluded from from using PANTONE(R) colors. Company Arahne develops a textile CAD called ArahWeave, which includes support for Pantone for fashion and home. We pay a license to PANTONE, so you can download it for free, as part of our demo software. Download it from here:

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For a quick overview of ArahWeave's handling of color, have a look at this page:

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PANTONE has many different color libraries for different markets.

Regarding the issue whether PANTONE colors can be copyrighted or not:
Not being a lawyer, but a developer, I'd like to think about it from a moral aspect. PANTONE has created a very strong brand out of its set of colors, by carefully choosing them, naming them and marketing them. And also by protecting their brand, when a customer buys a PANTONE product, he/she can be sure about the quality of the product. This was costing them a lot of money, and they have every right to protect their investment. If someone think that it is easy to create a color library, why not do it, just call it BLUFFTONE, pick your own color names and numbers, and convince the rest of the world that they should use it. Just don't get into a habit of asking other people to give away their work for free. If you want to do it, just do it.

Dusan Peterc

Arahne, d.o.o.

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