Pantone is going subscription

So it looks like, in addition to paying Adobe to use their software, if you want to keep the Pantone palettes updated in the Adobe software you are already paying for, you now have to pay Pantone a subscription fee to stay with Pantone Connect. It was apparent from the beginning this day was coming. It’ll be here on October 6. Woo. Hoo.Screen Shot 2021-09-23 at 10.43.14 AM

What in tarnation.

Monthly subscriptions are becoming the new norm … with everything.

You know how I “cut the cord” several years ago and saved tons of money on cable … no more. Everything is now a subscription service. I might as well kept cable lol :stuck_out_tongue:

Pantone used to have Color Manager, which was a clunky interface to keep the Adobewares up to date. It sure as heck wasn’t easy to download and install and it gave you multiple libraries that didn’t sync with earlier ones and sometimes really messed things up when there was a color formula “upgrade.”

Pantone Connect is not much better.

In case a few haven’t noticed, Adobewares do not contain the colors for the last two Pantone book updates. Around 300 or so colors are missing. The reason I was using this as a Beta is because some of my clients were using this as a Beta and I needed the software to recognize the color numbers in their files.

Adobe licence pantone.

Could be the end of pantone

Adobe has always downplayed Pantone in their apps — hiding the swatches in submenus of submenus and crammed in with dozens of other swatch books that few people have ever heard of. One would never know that Pantone is a mainstay of printing by the way Adobe has squirreled it away in the far reaches of their software apps.

As for me, I won’t be buying a Pantone subscription. For printers and designers involved in segments of the industry that depend on Pantone, I suspect they’ll need to. For me, though, I don’t often need Pantone for much of anything any longer. Specifying a color here and there or adding a company’s official Pantone color into an InDesign or Illustrator file is just about my only use for Pantone now days.

I’m a little slow on the uptake, here. Does this mean that I’ll need to have a subscription to add a Pantone color to an AI file and apply that color to an object?

Well, basically you’ll still have the basic functions available, including the ability to search through the books (digital versions), pick and search colors. By picking the colors, you should still be able to pick up the codes and save them to your own swatches. However, you will lose the ability to save your pantone color collection so if you have favorite colors, you’ll have to maybe pick that color and save it somewhere else in your .psd or .ai. You also won’t be able to directly share that same swatch that you saved in the app with others. It’s not much of a downgrade, you’ll just have to work around things a bit (the subscription model is targeted more directly at larger corporations and agencies).

Just read a bit more on this.

It looks like the Pantone Connect offers more range of colours and other colour pallets like fashion and interior.

I don’t think it’s going to affect the Adobe Suite of apps - you can of course optionally purchase the Pantone Connect - if you or your team needs it.

The Adobe Apps, directly downloaded are missing about 300 current Pantone Coated and Uncoated colors. For designers that bought the newest swatch decks and absolutey HAVE to have that one specific color, they did the free Connect and downloaded the swatches, which of course makes me have to do that.

It does beg the question, does being a printer require having a paid-for Pantone license (probably.) It used to be the machines that were profiled to Pantone came with their own licenses thru the manufacturer. Wonder if that is changing too.

I don’t know what the answer is.

Pantone have their own thing going on.
As do Adobe.

If you need it then buy it - if you don’t then don’t buy it.

Does the Microsoft 365 subscription thing ever come up?

Yep. You can get Microsoft OFFICE for about $150 and it’s stand-alone, no internet required.
Still get security updates. Don’t need support. Don’t need cloud. Don’t need outlook (but it’s included.) Don’t need a subscription.
Eventually that will change too.
Fairly soon all software will be cloud based and if you don’t have a fast internet connection you are SOL. There has been talk already of the OSes going that direction, where your computer just becomes a terminal.

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