Cross Platform Color
Cross platform color management refers to managing color between different computer operating systems.
Getting your Mac and Windows monitors to match and your printed output to be the same is a difficult task. Luckily, several things are in place to help, and others are on their way.
- ICC Profiles. These are platform-independent by definition. They will function the same way on any operating system, and can be easily moved from machine to machine.
- Adobe Photoshop is available on both Windows and Macintosh platforms, and implements color management (mostly) the same way on both.
- Some things that work against successful cross-platform color:
- The gamma settings can be quite different between the Mac and PC. Photoshop can compensate for this when designing, but when displaying on different systems there can be problems.
- Windows does not implement color management as thoroughly as Mac.
- Many content-creation programs do not support ICC color management.