Reference wizard

To simplify the process of setting up MeasureColor a wizard was created that imports a color reference file (ICC/CSV/CxF/MIF/CGATS.txt) and automatically creates a Color book, Printing condition and Substrate on the fly if you need to in five simple steps.

As all file types can hold different parameters and not all software exports the same data not all screens are needed and the wizard will skip them automatically.

Step1: Select your Reference file

Click the [Browse] button to select an ICC, CSV, MIF, CxF or CGATs.txt file. The name of the file will be the default for the Color Book name, but of course you can change this to suit your needs. Select a Measurement condition for your new color book and press [Next].

Step2: Density Standard selection

Here you can set the density standard used to calculate densities if possible.


  • Whether or not MeasureColor can actually calculate densities depends on the file.
  • The CSV import omits this step.

Step3: Dependent on your source file, select the options you want

CxF and MIF import options

When importing CxF or MIF you can select the Patch type (Spot or Process). Please note that the import wizard will request you to take a substrate measurement at all times if you want to link the MIF or CxF Color book to a substrate.

ICC import options

The importer extracts all available data found in the ICC profile file. When spectral data is found within the imported ICC profile extra calculations can be made by MeasureColor to automatically set densities for all patches. Select default to create a custom reference from the ICC profile only.

Depending on the profile and the options you selected you might need to fill-in missing data like color names, solid densities and curves used. We strongly advise leaving the Target dot gain setting at “Calculate using imported data”


When importing CGATS the importer will look up the measurement condition in the file and ask you to confirm the correct illuminant and observer. CGATS files often contain more measurements than needed for creating a MeasureColor process Color book, tick the ‘[ ] Use a recognised subset’ box to reduce the number samples.

When spectral data is found within the imported CGATS file extra calculations can be made by MeasureColor to automatically set densities for all solid patches. Otherwise you can set default densities here.

If the message “One or more colorant names are left blank” appears fill in the names of the colorants to enable the OK button.

Step4: Measurement condition selection

The wizard will show any Measurement conditions settings found in the file. Please select any missing measurement conditions.

Here you can choose whether you want to link your new Color book to an existing Printing condition, create a Printing condition for it or make the Color book universally available to all Printing conditions.

If you link to a Printing condition or create a new Printing condition you will be asked for a substrate name and either a substrate measurement or a paperwhite patch from your imported color book, if available. When linking it’s also possible to skip this step.


Before you finish the summary gives you an overview of the changes that the wizard will make to your system.