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Can I create my own color names and internal color numbers instead of using a zenColorCode (ZCC) reference number?

The answer is yes. In fact, we encourage you to do so. The zenColorCode (ZCC) reference system is there to help identify any color, regardless of the color name or identification number you create internally. This provides you with a powerful color cross-referencing tool to use for design, production, and for your customers – across the entire product ecosystem. The zenColorCode (ZCC) not only provides a universal color platform across diverse brands and product categories, it provides a cross platform between retailers and their customers globally.

How do I use the zenColorCode (ZCC) universal digital Color Library?

Within the zenColorCode (ZCC) universal digital Color Library you will find a scroll bar. Use the bar to scroll through the complete library of zenColorCode (ZCC) reference colors to select swatches and preload them into the sorting panel area.

How can I directly access the zenColorCode (ZCC) universal digital Color Library without zenColor™ designPro?

The answer is, you can’t. The entire zenColorCode (ZCC) universal digital Color Library is ONLY available in zenColor™ designPro and all usage is subject to the guidelines set forth within the zenColor™ designPro License Agreement.

Does the zenColorCode (ZCC) translate and standardize other color formulas?

Yes it does. Go to the Select Color panel and you will find color formula equivalents for Hex, RGB, HSL, CIE LaB, and CMYK that are provided with the ZCC color reference swatches. The zenColorCode (ZCC) not only translates the formulas, it consolidates thousands of digital colors that are indiscernible to the human eye and creates one standard color and color reference number for all of these formula formats.

Can I exchange zenColorCode (ZCC) reference numbers with my colleagues or third parties?

zenColorCode (ZCC) reference swatches and palettes can be shared and exchanged with colleagues by exporting them as a .jpg, .png, .act, or .aso file. Select the palette you wish to export and it will automatically move to the Active Palette area. The next step is to select the Export Palette panel found within the pop-up side menu to choose the export format and the file you wish to use. In order to exchange ZCC reference numbers with colleague or third parties, they must be current licensees with access to the zenColorCode (ZCC) universal digital Color Library and abide by all guidelines set forth in the zenColor™ designPro License Agreement.

Can I use a zenColorCode (ZCC) reference number to cross-reference my own internal color name and identification number?

Yes you can. The entire zenColorCode (ZCC) universal digital Color Library is only available within the zenColor™ designPro software. zenColor™ designPro allows licensees to tag their own internal color names, identification numbers, and other reference information to a specific zenColorCode (ZCC) reference number. All licensees, however, must be current and abide by all guidelines set forth in the zenColor™ designPro License Agreement. For questions regarding usage, please contact: info@zencolor.com

What is the advantage of using the zenColorCode (ZCC) to cross-reference color over using other color specification systems?

The zenColorCode (ZCC) is the only digital color system with a patented method to translate all other color systems – both physical and digital — into a universal digital color language. If a retailer has 8,000 vendors, they must cope (along with their customers) with 8,000 different color systems. Designers face the same issue when dealing with color specification companies.  Production companies and factories struggle with color communication issues when dealing with designers and other customers. It is a common problem throughout the entire product ecosystem.  Using a common color language for defining and specifying precise color while product is in various stages of development allows consistent and accurate communication and cross reference between designers, manufacturers, and consumers across the entire product ecosystem.

How do I add new colors to the zenColorCode (ZCC) universal digital Color Library?

As an adaptable and expandable range, we may elect to add colors to the zenColorCode (ZCC) universal digital Color Library as it becomes necessary. Customers that need specialty or customized colors should contact the company at: support@zencolor.com

How many color swatches are available in the zenColorCode (ZCC) universal digital Color Library?

The ZCC universal digital Color Library consists of an adaptable range of 4,096+ colors.

What is a zenColorCode ZCC reference number?

The zenColorCode (ZCC) consists of ZCC plus four digits that each represents a unique digital color swatch that is only contained within the zenColorCode (ZCC) universal digital Color Library.

How does the zenColorCode (ZCC) differ from other color systems?

The zenColorCode (ZCC) is more than a color specification system; it is a cross-referencing system that provides a universal color language for stores, vendors, and their customers.

What is the zenColorCode (ZCC)?

zenColor™ patented a method to reverse map and normalize (remove all redundancies) both diverse physical and digital color swatches — regardless of whether they have different names and internal identification numbers — and translate all of the color data into a universal digital color library. That universal digital color library is referred as the zenColorCode or ZCC.

What does ZCC stand for?

ZCC stands for zenColorCode

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Does zenColor™ collect or monitor the Content created while I use my designPro for work or play?

zenColor™ respects the Licensee’s privacy and does not access or view the Content created or loaded into designPro. At times, however, zenColor™ may need to access or view the Licensee’s Content to (a) respond to support requests; (b) detect, prevent, or otherwise address fraud, security, unlawful, or technical issues; and (c) enforce these Terms.

Can I use a zenColorCode (ZCC) reference number to identify internal product color names and identification numbers outside of zenColor™ designPro?

The answer is yes, provided you are a zenColor™ designPro licensee, your fees are current, and follow the guidelines for proper usage of our registered trademark. We created ZCC as a cross-referencing tool.  No matter what name is assigned to a color, the ZCC numbering system will help both you and your customers to identify it. For questions regarding usage, please contact: info@zencolor.com

How do I know when software upgrades are available?

You will be alerted to free updates through your email as they become available. The Product Version Number, which appears in orange (ZCC-3985), can be found in the About zenColor panel. This number will let you know if you are running a current or an old version.

What is a License Key Number?

The License Key Number is a serial number that is used by zenColor™ Corporation to authenticate and activate (or deactivate) your zenColor™ designPro software. The number is unique to each Licensee’s individual software and can be located in the “About zenColor™” panel.

How do I know when my yearly zenColor™ designPro subscription is nearing renewal?

You can check your subscription renewal date by looking in the “About zenColor™” panel found in the pop-up side menu. You will be sent a reminder email 14 days before the anniversary date of your zenColor™ designPro subscription. Unless you elect to discontinue use of your zenColor™ designPro software, the license will automatically renew and your credit card (or other payment method) will be charged for another year. You will automatically receive notification after you are billed.

How do I replace a color swatch I had previously created or deleted into an Active Palette?

Select the color swatch that you wish to move to an Active Palette from the Swatch History and click on it. Then choose a destination within your Active Palette and click on it, as well. These two actions can be done in any order. Once you have completed both steps you click on the Add Selected Swatch button, which is located above the Active Palette. The color swatch that you have selected will be moved back to an Active Palette.

How do I find a color swatch I had previously created or deleted?

As you add or edit color swatches they are automatically saved into the Swatch History panel. This occurs every time you click on a new swatch or palette. Using the Swatch History panel located within the pop-up side menu you can find previously saved swatches by simply scrolling through your saved swatch history.

How do I save a color swatch after I edit?

Click the Select Current Color button to save the modified color swatch or click the Select Original Color button if you wish to save the original color swatch. The swatch you select will be saved to the Active Palette area.

How do I edit or adjust a color swatch?

The Edit Color tab allows you preview your edits before you commit to them. By clicking on the Hue, Saturation, and Lightness buttons you can make adjustments in small (+/-1), medium (+/-5), and large (+/-10) increments. The adjustments allow you to preview the new color.

Where (within zenColor™ designPro) can I edit or adjust a color swatch?

You can edit individual color swatches by using the Edit Color tab. This tab is part of the Select Colors panel that can be found within the pop-up side menu.

How do I delete a color palette?

Click on the orange button marked “x” that is located to the far right of each palette display. Then click the orange “Remove Palette” button presented above the palette. You may also click the “Cancel” button if decide to keep the palette.

How do I delete a swatch?

You can’t delete a single color swatch, but you may replace it with another swatch. To replace a swatch, click on the swatch you wish to replace then go to any of the color modifying tabs within zenColor™ designPro to apply the changes.

Can I export color swatches and palettes to use within PLM and PDM systems?

The answer is yes. You can do this with the same methods you use to share swatches or palettes with your colleagues and other third parties, provided those parties are current licensees of zenColor™ designPro.

How do I share color swatches or palettes with my colleagues or other third parties?

Color swatches and palettes can be shared and exchanged with colleagues or other third parties by exporting them as .png, and jpg Graphic files or as .act, and .aso color files. Select the palette you wish to export and it will automatically move to the Active Palette area. Then select the Export Palette panel situated in the pop-up side menu and choose the export format and file you wish to use. All of the Palette Reference information tags and all the Internal Cross Reference information tags for each color swatch will be included within each Exported Palette. In order for colleagues or third parties to receive or use zenColorCode (ZCC) reference numbers or other proprietary zenColor™ intellectual property, however, they must be a current license of zenColor™ designPro.

Helpful Tip: Your Imported and Exported designPro palettes can be found in the folder within- User/ Documents/ zenColor designPro Palettes.

How do I revise a color palette?

To revise a palette, simply scroll through your saved palettes and select the palette you wish to revise by clicking on any of the color swatches in the palette. This palette will return to the Active Palette area.

How do I save and retrieve swatches or palettes?

You can save one (1) color swatch or up to six (6) color swatches to an Active Palette at a time by clicking on the Add Palette button. The palette is saved in the area located just below the Active Palette tab.

Can I create custom fields to help me to reference a color palette?

Of course! Within an Active Palette you can assign up to three (3) custom reference fields to help you identify a palette. These fields may contain additional references to the specific color palette that can be easily customized to fit your needs.

How do I save my own color names and internal color numbers?

Activate the color swatch you wish to tag by clicking on that swatch and then enter or modify any of the five (5) text fields. Click the save button in order to save your information. If you forget to click the save button, your changes are automatically saved as soon as you select another color swatch within the Active Palette.

How do I add my own color names and internal color numbers to a zenColorCode (ZCC) reference number?

Using the Review Swatch tab you can customize your color information by adding up to five (5) Internal Color References. These references can be custom color names, internal reference numbers, or any reference tag that you wish to add to the zenColorCode (ZCC) reference swatch.

Is there an alternate way to find a zenColorCode (ZCC) universal digital Color Library reference swatch?

You may also find and access a zenColorCode (ZCC) reference swatch by entering the four-digit number (ZCC is a preset, so you only need to enter the four-digit number) into the search field within the zenColorCode ZCC universal digital Color Library panel.

Can I select multiple colors at the same time and place them in an Active Palette?

You can only select six (6) swatches at a time and add them to an Active Palette by clicking the Add this Palette button.

What do I do after I compare a color from the zenColorCode (ZCC) universal digital Color Library to another color?

After you compare swatches or pre-sort a palette you add the swatch to the Active Palette by clicking Add Selected Swatch button.

What does the sorting panel area do?

The sorting panel area allows you to presort or compare color swatches before you place them into a color palette.

How do I use the zenColorCode (ZCC) universal digital Color Library?

Within the zenColorCode (ZCC) universal digital Color Library you will find a scroll bar. Use the bar to scroll through the complete library of zenColorCode (ZCC) reference colors to select swatches and preload them into the sorting panel area.

How can I directly access the zenColorCode (ZCC) universal digital Color Library without zenColor™ designPro?

The answer is, you can’t. The entire zenColorCode (ZCC) universal digital Color Library is ONLY available in zenColor™ designPro and all usage is subject to the guidelines set forth within the zenColor™ designPro License Agreement.

How can I import existing color swatches into my zenColor™ designPro?

You can import swatches and palettes through the Import Palettes panel located in the pop-up side menu. Use this panel to import palettes directly from existing .act and .aso color data files or from .png or .jpg graphic files created by another zenColor™ designPro user.

Helpful Tip: Your Imported and Exported designPro palettes can be found in the folder within User/ Documents/ zenColor™ designPro Palettes.

How can I quickly build great color palettes in my zenColor™ designPro?

Go to the Select Color panel within the pop-up side menu and click the Review Swatch tab. From there, you can access all of the color theory pre-sets including complementary, monochromatic, analogous, split complementary, triad, square, and tetrad. Selecting any one of the color theory pre-sets, will give you a set of color swatch solutions based on that color theory. Adding those swatches to you palette will guide you to create your custom palettes.

How do I convert my color swatches or palettes into zenColorCode (ZCC) reference numbers?

After a color formula number or sampled color from an image is entered into zenColor™ designPro, it is cross referenced, normalized, and then translated into a zenColorCode (ZCC) reference number. The entire zenColorCode (ZCC) universal digital Color Library is available ONLY in the designPro software.

How do I translate physical and digital colors into a zenColorCode (ZCC) reference number?

There are three (3) different methods for creating a color swatch or placing an image into zenColor™ designPro:

  1. Go to the Select Color panel within the pop-up side menu and select the Review Swatch tab. From there, you may Enter or Paste color codes or color formulas directly into the Color System Reference fields. The zenColorCode (ZCC) universal digital color number will automatically appear.
  2. Open an image from which you wish to sample a color (or multiple colors) and select the Swatch/ Palette from the Image tab. Click and drag any area within the open image to import the swatches or palettes into zenColor™ designPro. The zenColorCode (ZCC) reference number will automatically appear.
  3. Select the Import Swatch/Palette panel from the pop-up side menu to import individual color swatches or palettes from compatible color file formats. Once the color swatches and palettes are imported into zenColor™ designPro, they are automatically normalized and converted into a zenColorCode (ZCC) reference number, as well as all standardized color formula equivalents.
What is the zenColor™ designPro?

zenColor™ designPro includes full access to the entire 4,096+ range of adaptable color swatches contained in the zenColorCode (ZCC) universal digital Color Library. No need to buy expensive paper color specification books. No need to open multiple windows or play hide and seek with your color palettes. In addition, zenColor™ designPro provides professionals with a full function workstation complete with a customizable “color tool box” for translating, editing, labeling, importing, exporting, and saving swatches and palettes for all rendered materials.

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