IRIX (color scheme editor & color tools) is here!

Alberto Malagoli
Aug 15, 2019 · 4 min read

I’m very excited to announce that IRIX 2.0 (formerly known as Iris) has been released! This is its biggest milestone so far and a much-needed update.

The major changes in this release are:

  • a shiny new UI and a color editor overhaul;
  • the ability to import and export colors from/to different formats;
  • two new tools, one to test the contrast between colors, and one to generate color schemes for data visualization;
  • a light theme for the UI;
  • a new pricing model: the application has a 30-day free trial, no feature restrictions, and after that y̶̶̶o̶̶̶u̶̶̶ ̶̶̶c̶̶̶a̶̶̶n̶̶̶ ̶̶̶b̶̶̶u̶̶̶y̶̶̶ ̶̶̶a̶̶̶ ̶̶̶m̶̶̶o̶̶̶n̶̶̶t̶̶̶h̶̶̶l̶̶̶y̶̶̶ ̶̶̶o̶̶̶r̶̶̶ ̶̶̶a̶̶̶ ̶̶̶y̶̶̶e̶̶̶a̶̶̶r̶̶̶l̶̶̶y̶̶̶ ̶̶̶s̶̶̶u̶̶̶b̶̶̶s̶̶̶c̶̶̶r̶̶̶i̶̶̶p̶̶̶t̶̶̶i̶̶̶o̶̶̶n̶̶̶, starting from version 2.1, you get to use the app and all its updates forever for a one-off fee.

Check the website to download the new version or keep reading to discover more about these updates.

Wait, what is IRIX anyway?

IRIX aims at being the definitive application for designers and artists to create beautiful color schemes. It is a full-featured color scheme editor and a collection of advanced color tools.

IRIX main interface

With the editor you can create, edit, name and organize your color schemes. Fine-tune the colors in multiple color spaces and give them names (or let the app suggest a name for you).

Use the tools included in the application to:

  • generate color harmonies, shades, tints, and variations;
  • mix colors in different color spaces;
  • extract colors from images;
  • test colors for accessibility issues (contrast ratio, lightness, color blindness…);
  • create color schemes for infographics, maps, and presentations easily;
  • … And more!

You can also import colors from other applications and export them to many formats, like text, file, and images.

IRIX is available on macOS, Windows, and Linux.

Why would I use it?

There are many tools around to work with colors. The web is teeming with applications to manage color schemes, test color contrast, extract colors from images, but they all have one or two features only. If you are a designer or an artist, you are probably familiar with that situation where you have three applications and five tabs open in your browser just to create a single palette!

With IRIX, the goal is to have a single space to work with colors and unify multiple tools into a single one (“A color app to rule them all”, someone could say…).

Take advantage of the 30-day trial and give it a try.

What’s new in this release

This release is jam-packed with new features and changes. Let’s dig into them.

A new UI

IRIX has now a cleaner, better-organized user interface. You can also switch between a dark or a light theme, to match your preferences or needs.

Dark and light themes

A unified color scheme editor

The color editor has been consolidated into a single, in-line experience, and used for the color schemes and the tools. With the new editor you can work in multiple color spaces and give colors a name (or let the app name them — useful when exporting).

Color editor

Import and export colors from/to several formats

Colors can be imported from other applications (Adobe products, PaintShop Pro, Sketch, GIMP…) and exported to many formats:

  • text (numeric values, programming languages…);
  • file (Adobe, Procreate, Sketch…); and
  • images (PNGs, SVGs…).
Export color scheme dialog

Contrast test tool

With this tool you can verify if a color picked for a text is easily readable against a particular background. The tool evaluates your color combination using the WCAG 2.0 guidelines for contrast accessibility, calculating their contrast ratio and score. By looking at the lightness of the colors, you can quickly adjust them to comply with the guidelines.

Contrast test tool

Data visualization tool

Guess no more when creating color schemes for infographics, maps, and presentations! Pick a predefined palette or design a custom one, and see it previewed in a real-world scenario.

Data visualization tool

A new pricing model

The application has now a 30-day free trial, no feature restrictions, and after that ̶y̶o̶u̶ ̶c̶a̶n̶ ̶b̶u̶y̶ ̶a̶ ̶m̶o̶n̶t̶h̶l̶y̶ ̶o̶r̶ ̶a̶ ̶y̶e̶a̶r̶l̶y̶ ̶s̶u̶b̶s̶c̶r̶i̶p̶t̶i̶o̶n̶, starting from version 2.1, you get to use the app and all its updates forever for a one-off fee.

Go check it out!

Make sure to give IRIX a try, it’s free for 30 days! You can download it from the new website.

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