Color Data Software | NEW Unprecedented Quality control:

Ease of use like never before
Prefixed Templates
Step by step Navigation assistance
Customized Reports including Digital Images
Includes “Precise Color Communication” tutorial

Spectramagic NX

Spectramagic NX provides color measurement and control for use in a multitude of industries. From food, plastics, paint & coatings to cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, and textiles, the industries that Spectramagic NX can aid are extremely diverse. Whether your color control involves raw materials coming in, inter-process production or outbound color critical goods and materials, SpectraMagic™NX makes it easy to inspect and control color. Utilize pre-defined screen templates for statistical process control, Pass/Fail assessment, and sophisticated R&D analysis. Or, design your own screen layout based on your particular industry and/or application. Each graph type (colour, spectral, trend, or colour difference), as well as the data list, can be scaled to the desired size quickly and easily. SpectraMagic™NX – lots of options to help you choose just what’s right for you.

SpectraMagic™NX allows you to insert digital pictures into your measurement data while marking the exact measuring spot. This creates novel ways in which to communicate about color with customers and suppliers. The Data List View allows you to swiftly export measurement data into Excel using the copy and paste function. Reports can be customized to show color data in a format that meets end user requirements. Any graph can be copied into a spreadsheet by the “drag and drop” method. Additionally, SpectraMagic NX can share data within a local area network (LAN) and operate under Windows 98, SE, NT4, 2000 Professional, XP Professional, and Vista.

Another “world first” is the exclusive navigation function of SpectraMagic™NX, which combines a “step by step” online help for basic operations with freely customizable macro functions for repeated standard procedures on the production line. SpectraMagic NX Uses HTML coding to allow for total customizations of operations, conveniently illustrated through digital pictures and on screen instructions.

To improve general knowledge for beginners and experts alike regarding color basics and color measurement technology, SpectraMagic NX comes with a unique online tutorial from Konica Minolta’s award winning booklet “Precise Color Communications.” This booklet explains important topics, such as color basics, chromatic systems, standard illuminations, tolerance settings, and suitable measuring geometries.

SpectraMagic™NX can be interfaced with all current Konica Minolta Chroma-Meters (CR-400 series) as well as all portable and bench-top Spectrophotometer models. By using the same platform across the board, quality control is made more versatile throughout your organization.

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Spectramagic NX

Total freedom + flexibility that meets your QC needs

Requirements in screen layouts differ by application, from simple Pass/Fail assessment or statistic process control to detailed analysis for R&D work. SpectraMagic NX comes with several pre-defined templates to choose from, or you can create your own screen layout suiting your needs and application with total freedom and flexibility. Each graph type (Color, Spectral, 2D/3D, Color-Difference or Trend) as well as the data list can be scaled to the desired size with total ease.

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Sophisticated QC Applications

Target data of one master target (primary target) can be associated with two or more working targets (regular secondary targets). This allows for sophisticated QC applications such as checking for color differences between the regular targets and master target simultaneously. Or, the color differences of an entire product can be managed in sections by comparing the differences from the target color of each section.

The minimum ellipse to enclose several samples can be calculated automatically and specified as tolerance. The automatic tolerance setting enables pass/fail judgment using three color difference equations, CMC(l:c), CIE 1994 and CIE DE2000, which provide results similar to visual evaluation and are being adopted increasingly by companies and organizations.

Information input for measurement data

Additional information can be input*2 for measurement data, which is useful for organizing, sorting, or searching for data. These added items can also be displayed on a graph. Information such as Model name, item name, product No., code No., name, order No., color No., production lot No., customer name, product name, visual judgment result (pass/fail input), temperature, humidity, etc. can be input.

*2: Additional items cannot be input by Lite Edition. Input items using Professional Edition can be also used on Lite Edition.

Various printing functions

Like the display view, you can create your own printing view format by placing and editing objects as desired. This function is useful for preparing easy-to-read reports or for filling in shipment slips. Moreover, several pieces of data can be combined and printed on one sheet.

Comprehensive graphs and color difference assessments

SpectraMagic NX helps you to make color quality control easy and comprehensive at once. You can choose from several graphs together with the latest Pass/Fail color difference assessments equations, such as CIE 1994 or CIE DE2000 and several industry related indices. Tolerances, both in box or elliptical form can be automatically calculated or manually adjusted to approved standards. Furthermore, SpectraMagic NX features a “User Index” function that allows you to configure up to 3 customized color equations to meet industry-specific requirements for color evaluation. Auto Target is an additional feature that makes QC with SpectraMagic NX so easy and fast.

ΔE00 (CIE DE2000) display

ΔE00 (CIE DE2000) is an improved color-difference equation based on the L*a*b* color space which provides better correlation between the color difference value and visual evaluation for subtle color differences.

Pre-configured templates for various applications

Templates designed for various applications are ready for immediate use.

Support for the CM-512m3 (multi-angle spectrophotometer)

The SpectraMagic NX also supports the CM-512m3 multi-angle spectrophotometer, which provides measurement values using three illumination angles with one measurement. The data of the three angles can be displayed simultaneously, and the angle characteristics specific to multi-angle spectrophotometer can be displayed visually with line graphs.

Status window shows Instrument Information at a glance

With SpectraMagic NX, all Instrument Information (status, measurement options, last calibration, communication status and instrument settings) can be seen at a glance.

Data compatibility with the former SpectraMagic

The SpectraMagic NX is data-compatible with the former SpectraMagic software. The old data can be used without any treatment.

Comprehensive reporting and easy data export

SpectraMagic NX allows you to insert digital pictures with the measured data, opening totally new dimensions to color communications with customers. The data list view allows you to swiftly export measurement data into Excel by copy and paste function. Reports as well can be created by the user with total freedom to meet traceable evidence of color consistency demanded by customers. Furthermore, SpectraMagic NX can share data within a local area network (LAN) and operates under Windows® 2000 Professional and XP Professional.

Automated operation by macro function

You can easily register routine operation flows as macros using the menu screen*3 to automate the operation processes. This is effective for reducing working time as well as preventing operation mistakes.

Navigation function & Color tutorial for total workflow control

With the exclusive Navigation function, you have total control of the flow of operations with online step-by-step instructions including picture illustrations. This unique feature can be customized by the user according to his needs. The Navigation window of SpectraMagic NX also includes a link to the HTML version of “Precise Color Communication” with many illustrations and explanations that contribute to a clearer understanding of basics and technical terms related to color and color measurement technology.

Spectramagic NX

Minimum Computing Requirements

OSWindows® 8.1, Windows®Vista Business 32-bit, 64-bit; Windows® 7 Professional 32-bit, 64-bit (English, Japanese, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Portuguese, and Hangul versions); Windows 8
*The hardware of the computer system to be used must meet or exceed the greater of the recommended system requirements for the compatible OS being used or the following specifications.
CPUPentium® III 600 MHz or higher (recommended)
Memory128 MB (256 MB recommended)
Hard disk450 MB of available disk space (At least 400 MB of available space is required in the system drive.)
DisplayDisplay unit capable showing at least 1024 × 768 dots/256 colors
OtherDVD-ROM drive (required for installation), one free USB port for protection key, one free port (serial port or additional USB port) for connection to instrument when connecting via cable (or USB port for USB Bluetooth® adapter when using a USB Bluetooth® adapter for performing communication with CM-700d or CM-600d via Bluetooth®); Internet Explorer Ver. 5.01 or later

Compatible Instruments

CM-3700A; CM-3600A; CM-3610A; CM-5; CM-3700d; CM-3600d; CM-3610d; CM-3630; CM-3500d; CM-700d/600d; CM-2600d/2500d/2500c; CM-512m3A; CM-512m3; CR-400/410, DP-400


Underlined: Professional Edition ONLY

Color spaceL*a*b*, L*C*h, Lab99, LCh99, XYZ, Hunter Lab, Yxy, L*u’v’, L*u*v* and their color differences; Munsell (C, D65)
IndexMI, WI (CIE 1982, ASTM E313-73, ASTM E313-96, HUNTER, BERGER, TAUBE, STENSBY, Ganz), Tint (CIE 1982, ASTM E313-96, Ganz), YI (ASTM D1925-70, ASTM E313-73, ASTM E313-96, DIN6167), WB (ASTM E313-73), Standard Depth (ISO 105.A06), Brightness (TAPPI T452, ISO2470), Opacity (ISO 2471, TAPPI T425 89% White Plate), Haze (ASTM D1003-97* , Density (Status A, Status T), Dominant Wavelength, Excitation Purity, RXRYRZ, 8 degree gloss value (CM-3600A, CM-3610A, CM-5, CM-3600d, CM-700d/600d, CM-2600d/2500d only), user equation, each difference, 555, Strength, Pseudo Strength, Staining degree (ISO 105.A04E), Staining degree rating (ISO 105.A04E), Grey scale (ISO 105.A05), Grey Scale Rating (ISO 105.A05), K/S strength (Apparent ( ΔE*ab, ΔL*, ΔC*, ΔH*, Δa*, Δb*), maximum absorption, total wavelength, user wavelength), NC#, NC# Grade, Ns, Ns Grade, Signal color index
Only when measurements are taken with CM-5 connected: Gardner, Iodine Color Number, Hazen/ APHA, European Pharmacopoeia, US Pharmacopeia
*With some instrument types, the illuminating/light-receiving optical system may not satisfy the definition of haze (ASTM D1003-97). However, this presents no problem as long as the value is used as a relative value.
Color difference equationΔE*ab (CIE 1976), ΔE*00 (CIE DE2000) and each component of lightness, saturation and hue, ΔE99 (DIN99), ΔE*94 (CIE 1994) and each component of lightness, saturation and hue, ΔE (Hunter), CMC (I:c) and each component of lightness, saturation and hue, FMC-2, NBS 100, NBS 200, ΔEc (degree) (DIN 6175-2), ΔEp (degree) (DIN 6175-2)
Observer2 degree, 10 degree
IlluminantsA, C, D50, D55, D65, D75, F2, F6, F7, F8, F10, F11, F12, U50, ID50, ID65, User illuminant 1 to 3
Graph displaySpectral reflectance (transmittance) and its difference, K/S and its difference, Absorbance and its difference, L*a*b* absolute value, ΔL*a*b* (2D/3D color difference distribution, MI), Hunter Lab absolute value, Hunter ΔLab (color difference distribution), xy chromaticity diagram, Trend chart and histogram of each color space and color difference equation, Pseudo color display
Image displayLink between measured value and image data (JPEG or BMP format), Insertion of custom images
Instrument controlMeasurement/calibration
Automatic average measurement: 2 to 999 measurements
Manual average measurement: Any number of measurements (Standard deviation and average value are displayed in the color space selected during measurement.)
Remote measurement (Excluding the CM-3000 Series)
Instrument setting
Upload of data stored in the instrument (Excluding the CM-3000 Series)
List view of data stored in the instrument (Excluding the CM-3000 Series)
TargetRegistration of several target colors (Automatic target color selection), Manual input and registration of colorimetric data by specifying color space, Target data download to the instrument (Excluding the CM-3000 Series)
Data listList view and editing of target/measured data (delete, sort, averaging, copy & paste, search, file merge)
Link between JPEG images, Display of statistic value and pass/fail ratio
Visual judgement result input function, Additional data information inputting/listing function
External I/OLoading/saving data files in original format (Extension: mes) (Several files can be loaded.)
Loading/saving template files in original format (Extension: mtp) (Several files can be loaded.)
Saving of data in text format (CSV, TXT), saving of data in XML format, Copy of listed data to the clipboard
Display languagesEnglish, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Portuguese
Help functionNavigation display, “Precise Color Communication” Tutorial, Manual


Screen displayNumber of files that can be opened simultaneously: 20
Number of data that can be stored in a file: Target data: 5,000, Measurement data: 5,000
Instrument status details window display
OperationOperation is easy thanks to an operation screen with large buttons, use of function-assigned keys instead of a mouse, the Navigation function, and the Macro function.

* Specifications are subject to change without prior notice. * Windows® is a trademark of Microsoft Corporation in the USA and other countries. * Pentium® is a trademark of Intel Corporation in the USA and other countries.

Spectramagic NX

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