myPantone For Your iPhone

myPantone is a $9.99 application for the iPhone and iPod touch that lets you browse Pantone color matching libraries and build color palettes from digital photos.

It includes PMS, Goe, Pastels and Fashion + Home color libraries; shows sRGB, HTML and Lab color values for color swatches; and builds Creative Suite and QuarkXPress-compatible color palettes that can also be shared via email or the myPantone.com website.

I don’t recommend it for precise color matching (you should always use a swatch book for that), but it’s handy for exploring color combinations and showing clients color samples, and the colors-from-photos feature is pretty cool, too.

Jeff Gamet is a contributing editor for Design Tools Monthly, the executive summary of graphic design news. He is also the morning editor and reviews editor for The Mac Observer and iPodObserver.com, and contributing writer for Layers Magazine and Photoshop User. He writes the InBrief column for InDesign Magazine, and is the author of “The Designer’s Guide to Mac OS X,” from Peachpit Press

When Jeff isn’t writing about the graphic design world, he’s talking about it on the Design Tools Weekly podcast with co-host Jay Nelson. He also talks about Apple and the Mac world every week on The Mac Observer’s Apple Weekly Report.

Jeff studies, tests and reviews new software and technologies for the Macintosh community as well as the design and print industries. He is a former Pre-press specialist, and has nearly 25 years experience with computer technology. Jeff trains, lectures and consults on techniques for more efficiently using Mac OS X in creative environments throughout the country.

In the rare moments when he can get away from his MacBook Pro, Jeff spends his time climbing and biking in the Colorado mountains.