Argyll Color Management System
(Including icclib, cgatslib and DPS)
Author :- Graeme Gill (Home
Last updated 2015/10/26
Introducing the ArgyllPRO ColorMeter
ArgyllPRO ColorMeter is an Android application for Tablets and
Phones, that lets you use all your USB connected color
measurement instruments on the go. If you need to measure light
or color in Printing, Photography, Lighting, Graphic Design, TV,
Film or Video, then you will want to check it out in the 2 Minute Overview + Guided
For complete details, please see the ArgyllPRO
Current Version 1.8.3
ArgyllCMS is an ICC compatible color management system,
available as Open Source. It supports accurate ICC profile
creation for scanners, cameras and film recorders, and calibration
and profiling of displays and RGB & CMYK printers. Device Link
can be created with a wide variety of advanced options, including
specialized Video calibration standards and 3dLuts. Spectral
sample data is supported, allowing a selection of illuminants
observer types, and paper fluorescent whitener additive
compensation. Profiles can also incorporate source specific gamut
mappings for perceptual and saturation intents. Gamut mapping and
profile linking uses the CIECAM02 appearance model, a unique gamut
mapping algorithm, and a wide selection of rendering intents. It
also includes code for the fastest portable 8 bit raster color
conversion engine available anywhere, as well as support for fast,
fully accurate 16 bit conversion. Device color gamuts can also be
viewed and compared with a modern Web browser using X3DOM .
Comprehensive documentation is provided for each major tool, and a
general guide to using the tools for typical color management
tasks is also available. A mailing list provides support for more
Argyll is a collection of source code that compiles into a set of
command line tools, licensed under the GNU licensing terms.
Argyll also includes a general purpose ICC V2 profile format
access library, icclib, and a general purpose CGATS file format
Also hosted here, is DPS a "Demo Print System". This is an inkjet
printer driver framework, currently aimed at driving the Epson
R1800 printer. This is under development, and not yet complete.
I need your support.
Unfortunately programmers and color experts can't live on
encouragement and complements alone - they have bills to pay,
equipment to keep up to date, instruments to buy, and other
financial obligations just like normal people. Currently it is only
your support that will allow me to continue working on ArgyllCMS, so
if you find ArgyllCMS valuable, and would like to continue to have
technical support, bug-fixes, updates and drivers for new
instruments added to it, or you appreciate having serious color
management available on platforms other than MSWin and OS X, then
it's a really good idea to provide support via a donation that
reflects the value it provides you.
If you are a casual or hobby user, then something like $5 - $100 may
be appropriate, depending on how deep your pockets are.
If you are using ArgyllCMS in your business, an annual donation, of
(say) 5-20% of the cost of the commercial software you have not had
to pay for, would make a great deal of difference in ensuring that
it continues to be available.
If you are distributing ArgyllCMS as part of some other free
package, then please make your users aware of the need to support
the software that you and they depend upon.
If you are distributing ArgyllCMS as part of some other package that
you are make money out of (e.g., a commercial Linux distribution
where ArgyllCMS is providing a feature that allows Linux to be on
par with other operating systems with regard to Color Management),
then it would help tremendously if you treated it like other key
software you depend on, and make an allowance to donate a portion of
a full time developers salary every year.
If there is an insufficient level of ongoing support, then there is
a very real possibility that you will return here in 6-12 months
time, and find ArgyllCMS has gone.
Thanks to the following people and organizations for their
recent contribution and support:
Mind On Photography, Tim Zaman, Cody Ranaldo, Prepress by Sloane,
Terran Melconian, Eamon Hickey, Weston Hughes, Jarkko Lavinen,
Antonio Marcheselli, Alan Goldhammer, Alan Goldhammer, Samuel Rivas,
Nicolas Zegers, Ricardo Cerrato, Diane Vetere, Chang Hong Chung,
Perfetti Services, Uwe Röger, Larry Hall, Per Baekgaard, Jonas
Sellami, Samuel Chia, Eric Ganz, Ivan Saltz, Dennis Fan, Andreas
Fink, Dominic Portain, Colorprep, Waldemar Riedel, Idesyns, Hening
Bettermann, Antti Niskanen, Rolf Burkart, Ben Richardson, Elio
Clemente Alvarado, Martin Nover, Shukla Shweta, Christian Uceda,
Thorsten Dickel, Klaus Hoedl
Special thanks to the following people who are
making a regular contribution:
Howard Kim, Fabio Giraldi
Thanks also to Florian Höch for contributing a portion
of the donations to DiscalGUI
from the following people:
Paul Gold, Srinivas Murty, Piotr Billik, albert palaudaries, Hugo
Wilkinson, David Barrett, Ian Maw, 書宏 廖, Enes pizovic, Angus
Taggart, Tom Luttrell, Bin Ming, Vovk Serge, Jeffrey Riaboy, Edward
Roslak, Ardjuna Seghers, John Hughes, Andrew Fields, Gianluca Hotz,
Uwe Röger, Serge Ghis, Christophe Van Laer, Xavier Potel, Henry
Huang, Louis Epure, Gert Meister, Stefan Berndt, Leslie B Bunch,
Juergen Flosbach, Reinhold Schäfer, Hrvoje Mijovic Kocan
On Line Documentation
Download V1.8.3 Argyll Source Code
Download V1.8.3 Main Microsoft Windows
Download V1.8.3 Main Apple OS X
Download V1.8.3 Main Linux x86
Commercial Use and non-GPL Licensing
Download V2.16 icclib or cgatslib Source
Download DPS Source Code
Download SnoopyPro Source Code or
ArgyllCMS mailing List Information
After you have downloaded the source or executables, please read the
notes on installing.
Please note that some of the
based on "ArgyllCMS" have been modified in various ways, and may not
work exactly the same as what is distributed here. If something
doesn't work using such a package, please download the unmodified
software from here and re-test before reporting a bug.
Getting Support for ArgyllCMS:
The best way of getting support in using ArgyllCMS is via the ArgyllCMS mailing List,
or you email me (Graeme Gill) directly, but you won't get the
benefit of other knowledgeable people being able to help you.
I do scan some of the relevant web forums sporadically, and others
on those forums may be able to help:
For Video and TV calibration and Profiling, the AVS
For Film & Video color grading display calibration, Lift Gamma Gain
is worth a look.
For Camera, Photography, Photo Printing and Display profiling, try Luminous
[ Stay away from DPReview
- their heavy commercial censorship makes it unsuitable for product
support or discussion. ]
For printing and practical color management, the Apple
ColorSync List is worth looking at (many experts hang out
while Forums like Printer
Knowledge may be better suited to those at a hobby level.
SwatchMate Cube, Part 1 - Out of
the box accuracy
SwatchMate Cube, Part 2 - Can it
be improved ?
Modifying the i1i0 table for the