Calman software developer Portrait Displays acquires Patterns

Mike Wheatley

Calman calibration software developer Portrait Displays is enhancing its solutions for Apple Mac users through the acquisition of a company called Patterns, which is said to be the only macOS test pattern generator in the industry to support High Dynamic Range.


Portrait Displays is already well regarded as the industry’s leading in colour calibration software and advanced display control. With the acquisition of Patterns, it will now be able to offer a new Patterns for Mac product that’s “backed by the immense power of the famed Aurora Colour Engine”. The company said it will be the perfect companion tool for its Calman offering, and it’s on sale now priced at £99 - the same price as the original Patterns Test Generator app on the Mac App Store.

According to Portrait Display, Patterns for Mac leverages the latest Metal APIs to support HDR and SDR, covering a whole host of colour gamuts including sRGB, BT.709, Adobe RGB, DCI-P3 and HDR in both P3 and BT.2020. The software is said to be compatible with both MacBook Pro and iMac displays, as well as external devices. The Aurora Colour Engine makes it possible to characterise and calibrate a device exactly as it behaves within the macOS colour management environment, the company said. Users can create an ICC profile to ensure their device is “colour-accurate” on all working colour spaces.

Patterns founder David Abrams said his company has always been focused on ensuring the artistic intent of creators is maintained via its calibration services. However, he said there has always been a gaping hole in the macOS ecosystem.

“Whether using a built-in display, an external display or both, there wasn’t a solution that could quantify and calibrate both the system and display to instill the confidence creatives demand through validation, until now,” Abrams said. “Patterns for Mac really scales from something apparently simple to actually being really remarkably sophisticated with our customisable patterns via the web user interface and colour space options that include HDR.”

In this way, Abrams added, Patterns represents a “complete revolution in the way we think about a pattern generator, and we couldn’t be more excited to see it evolve under the Portrait family of calibration solutions.”

Portrait Displays Director of Product Management Jason Ramirez indicated that he was just as happy to see Patterns integrated with his company’s portfolio. “The application is a strong evaluation tool by itself, but combined with the Calman Aurora Colour Engine, it becomes a gateway for extremely accurate calibrations,” he said.