The work on the new ICC specification continues and we have started to see early implementations of ICC v5/iccMAX – even though the standard is still under development.
The ICC colour management technology is used every day at every ad agency, photo studio, publishing house and printer – perhaps often without the full knowledge of the user. But if you open any of the apps in the Adobe Creative Cloud, for example, then colour management is automatically switched on and you’ll have to make a deliberate choice to switch it off. So, if the ICC technology has been so successful, do we really need to update the standard? Well, yes. Digital imaging is now used in so many different contexts and applications that the old (existing) ICC technology, which was mainly developed to handle print processes such as allowing the colour of image data in RGB to be successfully translated and rendered into the CMYK process colours, is now starting to fall short. We need a new, standardised way, to manage colours for many types of devices and scenarios.