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Instrument model


This selection provides a list of the available color instruments interfaced with ColorD3.



During a color search or a color matching is very important to have consistency between the measures stored in the color file and the measuring head. Different spectrophotometers or chromameters read color in very different ways. Specially the optic geometry, even for the same instrument family/manufacturer, heavily influence color data.


Instrument specularity


This selection allow to select the optical specularity mode (included or excluded) of the attached instrument.

It applies to sphere based spectrophotometer. Chromameters and 45 degree spectrophotometers do not use this selection.



Please refer to the instrument instructions to select the correct specularity. This selection mainly impact the measure of samples with different glosses.


Instrument calibration timeout


It is crucial to keep accurate track of each head calibration timing. Only an accurately calibrated instrument performs a consistent measure.

This selection provides a selection of time (1 to 8 hours) between each calibration of the color instrument.


A calibration count down is located in the function buttons area of the main screen between the measure buttons and below the tile (standard) icon. This counter indicates the elapsed time since the last calibration.

An error message in this block (Expired) indicates the timeout setting has been reached and a new calibration must be performed.



The instrument must be calibrated when turned ON.

Also it is strongly recommended the instrument be recalibrated frequently or whenever its environment experiences significant change in temperature or humidity.

Refer to the instrument user's manual for specific details.


Instrument serial port


This selection provides a list of serial ports (COM) where the measuring instrument can be connected.

ColorD3 recognizes and handles all ports available in the Operative System. Due to the popular use of detachable USB serial adapters, the software remembers the last selected port even if it is not currently available.



Some instruments can be interfaced without using a serial port (Parallel, USB, PCI etc.). In this case is the instrument software driver that keeps track of the correct interfacing of the device. In this situation this selection has not practical effect.