ArgyllPRO ColorMeter is an innovative
handheld application designed for both Tablets and Phones, that lets
you use all your USB connected color measurement instruments on the
go. The popular color instruments supported can be used for a wide
range of common light and color measurement tasks, so
ColorMeter provides a great deal of flexibility and configurability,
allowing you to customize it to the task at hand and switch tasks
rapidly. It can also use a ChromCast as a compact Video Test Pattern
Generator. Of interest to Designers, Graphic Artists, Photographers,
Architectural and Theater Lighting Designers, Printing
Professionals, Colorists, Film professionals and TV & Digital
Use your X-Rite Eye-One Display Pro to make accurate measurements of
ambient, spot or display light levels and color temperature for
Photography or Lighting design. Measure and calibrate Televisions
and Projectors using a Klein K10-A. Check print samples using your
ColorMunki spectrometer or Eye-One Pro 2 in the field. Obtain
accurate sample measurements to incorporate into your documents or
web pages, and find the closest matching color swatch instantly.
Check movie theater certification using a JETI specbos 1211 -
ArgyllPRO ColorMeter has you covered. A tool you'll want to have in
your color arsenal.
Check out the 2 Minute
Overview + Guided Tour Video
Version 1.2 Press Release
Why Android ? - because it's the only portable platform that gives
applications ready access to a USB host port - something essential
to being able to use accurate, readily available color measurement
instruments. The fact that it's the largest open platform for mobile
applications, and as well as being available in a wide range of form
factors and price points, adds to its attraction.
Not all Android devices will be able to run ColorMeter, although the
situation is improving all the time with the introduction of newer
Android based products. You need to be running Android version 4.0
(Ice Cream Sandwich) or latter, and your Android device needs a
functional USB on the go (USB OTG) port. Before
purchasing ArgyllPRO ColorMeter or an
Android device capable of working with your instruments, it is highly
recommended that you explore ColorMeter's capabilities,
and check that it is going to work with your hardware, by
downloading and running the free ArgyllPRO ColorMeterDEMO
application. See the FAQ below for more information on
choosing an Android device and/or Color measurement Instrument.
Tri-stimulus & Spectral measurement in Emissive,
Ambient, Reflective, Transmissive & Flash measurement modes.
Display Refresh rate.
Chromaticity and Spectral graphic display.
Configurable readouts of any measurement combination.
Current measurement, reference measurement and White, Black, Red,
Yellow, Green Cyan, Blue and Magenta Primary measurement
Save and Restore ColorMeter and Instrument configurations.
- CIE XYZ based tri-stimulus colorspaces: XYZ, Yxy, Yu'v',
L*a*b*, L*C*h*ab, L*u*v*, L*C*h*uv &
- Component differences between the Reference and the
Measurement CIE XYZ based tri-stimulus colorspaces.
- Delta E between Reference and the Measurement: CIE Delta E
76, CIE Delta E 94,CIE Delta E 94 Textile, IE Delta E 2000,
CMC Delta E 2:1, CMC Delta E 1:1, DIN99 Delta E.
- Density: Visual Density, Status A Density, Status M Density,
Status T Density, Status E (DIN) Density, ISO Type 1 & 2
- Photography specific: Incident illuminance, reflected
luminance, flash measurement, Exposure Value (EV), Interactive
- Color Temperature, Delta Color Temperature, Black Body or
Daylight, Correlated or DE2000, Kelvin or Mired.
- Configurable RGB colorspace including BT.709, BT.2020,
DCI-P3, custom, BT.1886, Delta RGB, RGB or CMY Adjustment
- Color Rendering Index (CIE 1995 Ra + R9), Television
Lighting Consistency Index (EBU TLCI-2012 Qa)
- Visual Contrast
- ARPANSA UV Exposure
- Web RGB, Visual Compare Swatches, Named Color, Named Color
Visual Swatch, with installable CxF or ICC Palettes.
Video Test Pattern Generator (TPG) Capability:
- JETI specbos: 1211 & 1201
- Image Engineering EX1
- Klein: K1, K8, K10, K10-A
- X-Rite: DTP20, DTP94, ColorMunki Design or Photo, ColorMunki
Create or Smile, Eye-One Display Pro, ColorMunki Display, OEM
i1d3 instruments, Eye-One Pro2
- Gretag-Macbeth: Eye-One Pro, Eye-One Monitor, Eye-One
Display 1 or 2 or LT, HP DreamColor or APS, CalMAN X2,
- Sequel Imaging: MonacoOPTIX
- Lacie Blue Eye
- DataColor: Spyder 2, Spyder 3, Spyder 4 & Spyder 5
- SwatchMate Cube, with improved color accuracy.
By making use of a ChromeCast, ColorMeter can act as
an HDMI Video Test Patch and Test Card source. While the
ChromeCast is not a bit perfect TPG, the use of dithering makes
it accurate to within perceptual limits.
It can be used to display one of six standard Test Cards,
covering Display geometry, Probe locations, Low clipping, High
clipping, Neutrals and Color ramps. It can also be used to
display a test patch color that matches the reference RGB value
Readout, which combined with continuous measurement mode and
Delta E and RGB adjustment Readouts, gives color by color Video
- USB On The Go (OTG) capable Android
tablet or phone.
- Recommended screen size of 94 mm (3.7
inches) or greater.
- Android V4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) or
- USB OTG adapter lead.
- BlueTooth LE for connecting with
SwatchMate Cube via Bluetooth.
The exact capabilities depend on the type of instrument you are
For more detail, please explore the on-line documentation
as well as the 2
Minute Overview + Guided Tour Video.
Preset Configurations provided:
||TV & Video
Video Test Cards:
Introductory price of AU$ 110 ( + GST if applicable) from the Google
Play Store, approximately equivalent to US$ 99
[ NOTE that there is likely to be a noticeable price rise when
ColorMeter Version 2 is released in the first Half of 2016. ]
Please visit the Google Play store to install the ColorMeterDEMO
(free), or ColorMeter
If you have trouble getting your instrument to work with
ColorMeterDEMO when you expect it should work, or are having other
difficulties running the software on a particular Android platform
and are prepared to help a little in figuring out why, please
You'll need a USB OTG ("On The Go", or Host Adaptor) lead
(technically a micro-B USB 2.0 OTG to female Type A) - for any
instrument. Simply plug the instruments normal USB male Type A plug
into the OTG lead. Some examples here.
They typically look something like this:
They are becoming widely available at stores that sell Phone and
Tablet accessories (e.g. RadioShack seem to stock them [Model:
2604173], Belkin make one [P/N:
F2CU014btBLK ], etc., so
it's worth asking at such a store, and showing them a picture of
one), as well as on-line. (I have had some trouble with one adapter
that has a plug that is slightly too short to reliably plug into my
Make sure that you plug the instrument into the OTG cable,
and then plug the OTG cable into your Android device.
Doing it in the reverse order can often mean that the instrument
won't be recognized.
If your instrument has a detachable USB cable, then it may be more
convenient to use if you can buy a single combined OTG cable to go
from your Android device to your instrument, although these might be
hard to source:
micro-B USB 2.0 OTG to Male B for i1pro2, DTP20 etc.
micro-B USB 2.0 OTG to Male Mini-B - for color Munki
If you are using the SwatchMate Cube and your Android device
supports BlueToothLE, then you can use Bluetooth instead of USB.
End User License Agreement:
You can preview the EULA here.
A list of all the major updates for each release is here.
Support & feedback:
Support is via the colormeterlist mailing list. To
subscribe, go to the colormeterlist
[ This list is for ColorMeter related discussions - please direct ArgyllCMS
questions to the ArgyllCMS mailing
Mail to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com
will be responded to on an "as available" basis, and in most cases a
speedier response can be expected from the mailing list.
Feedback, suggestions and comments are welcome.
Q: Will there be an
iPod/iPhone/iPad version ?
A: Unfortunately this is
unlikely, since (as explained above), the ColorMeter application
depends on access to a USB host port on the device, and iOS devices
have neither a USB port, nor are applications allowed to directly
access a USB port using any readily available USB host adapter.
Until Apple changes its policy in this regard, there can be no
version of ColorMeter for iOS. If you think you would find
ColorMeter useful, then the most pragmatic solution at present is to
buy an Android device that will run it. Such devices are becoming
cheaper and more readily available all the time.
Q: Will it run on a BlackBerry
using "Runtime for Android" ?
A: Unfortunately there are
two limitations of Runtime for Android that prevent this from being
possible. One is that it doesn't support USB OTG connectivity. The
other is that it doesn't support Android NDK libraries, and
ColorMeter relies on a native library for its instrument driver
Q: What Android Tablet would you recommend ?
A: I can highly recommend the Nexus 7 (new or second
hand), as it work with all USB instruments and has battery capacity
to power them, as well as a very useful display size while still
being small enough to comfortably hold in one hand.
The Nexus 7 has become hard to get now, and one other 7" device that
I have tested with all the instruments is the Lenovo TAB3 7
Essential. The positives about this tablet is that 1) it works
with all the instruments and 2) it's cheap. Disadvantages are 1)
it's display is lower resolution and has an incorrect aspect ratio
and 2) it's battery performance when sleeping isn't great. Other,
tablets and phones featuring Android V4 and USB OTG support, and
therefore potentially able to run ColorMeter, are also widely
Note that a number of people have reported problems with
using some Samsung models (Galaxy S3, Galaxy Tab 3, Galaxy
Note 2 and others) in combination with the ColorMunki
spectrometer. This may be due to a bug in Samsungs USB host hardware
or driver, and so may depend on which version of Android it is
Here is a list of the Android devices
that existing customers are using, but the safest thing is to try
out a tablet or phone using ColorMeter Demo, to make sure it will
work with your instrument, before you buy it.
Q: What instrument would you recommend ?
A: This very much depends on what you want to measure, and
Q: My i1pro2 doesn't work! - I get an error during
reflective calibration and/or measurement!
- For low cost light level and emissive, ambient and display
color measurement, it's hard to go past the X-Rite
i1 DisplayPro or ColorMunki Display colorimeters.
- For entry level display measurement, the Spyder
4 is another choice.
- To make reflective measurements at the absolute lowest cost
(but with very limited accuracy), the SwatchMate
Cube may be appropriate.
- For a versatile and relatively low cost spectral measurements,
ColorMunki Design or Photo is hard to beat. This
combination is great for graphic arts and photography use.
- A higher end general purpose spectrometer that can be used is
- For high speed and high accuracy display measurement, the Klein
K10-A Colorimeter would be the ideal choice.
- For the most accurate spectral emissive, ambient and display
measurements, then specbos
1211 and 1201 Tele-Spectro-Radiometer is the right
A: One of the things many people have noticed about X-Rite's
i1pro2, is that it is very sensitive to the USB lead length and
quality. This is probably an issue with the power being supplied
over USB to the instrument. This manifests itself as a problem
whenever the measurement light gets turned on, often during
calibration. The solution is usually to use a shorter (but high
quality) USB lead, say around 1 Meter (3 feet) in length. A short
lead often makes the whole arrangement more convenient to use in a
hand-held configuration anyway. Some Android devices may not be able
to supply sufficient power to the reflective measuring instruments.
Q: Is ColorMeter available
in any languages other than English ?
A: At the present time, no.
CGTPL is a small company, and currently does not have the resources
to provide a fully internationalized product.