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Color Management

Scanning, image manipulation and printing… Can all this done without a solid color management? I don’t think so. Unfortunately we don’t have any CMS in the Linux operating system or in the Gimp.

I’m trying to collect all the useful information about free color management systems or parts of these systems or just useful color related information on this page.

Maybe I can get some of the people involved in these projects together at a virtual table.

If you have a new link that’s not yet here, please drop me a short note.

Some CMS links

  • Here’s pretty much everythink you want to know abour color: efg’s Color Page
  • Marti Maria Saguer’s Little CMS color engine. Marti just released the 1.04 version which now also runs on Linux – at this time only on the i386 architecture.
  • Here’s Graeme Gill’s icclib, which’s main focus the the manipulation of ICC profiles. Graeme also has a small document he calls “What’s wrong with the ICC profile format?” on his page.
  • Wolf Faust has IT8.7 targets for a pretty good price available. He also collects links to free CM systems at And he’s written a CMS system for the Amiga. If you order a target from him don’t forget to request a floppy disk formatted for Linux (or MSDOS). By default he sends out Amiga formatted disks.
  • Here’s information about the (now dormant) Gnome gcmm. But even more important you can find information about the patent situation regarding CMS. The actual gcmm code can be found in the Gnome CVS repository.
  • The Generic Color Management System (GCMS) has a focus on printing using ICC profiles.
  • The SCARSE – Scanner CAlibration ReaSonably Easy is an attempt to create profiles. At this time only scanner profiles are supported.
  • The IPhotoMinusICC project also creates scanner profiles. For both these profiling tools you need an IT8.7 target. So go and order one from Wolf Faust.