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Current status of iccMAX specification

This page describes the current status of iccMAX. It is updated as the status changes.

The iccMAX specification was first approved by ICC on 29 July 2016, and subesequently versions were approved in 2017 and 2018. Prior to this a preliminary version was made available for comment by individuals and organisations.

A reference implementation has also been developed to provide a means of creating and applying profiles that conform to the iccMAX preliminary specification. Example Interoperability Conformance Specifications have been published and others are currently in preparation.

The iccMAX specification was proposed as a new work item in ISO TC130 at the November 2014 meeting in Beijing, with the goal of publishing a new ISO specification (ISO 20677) in 2018. It is intended that the ISO specification will be based on the current ICC version, but will also incorporate input from the ISO TC130 working group and ISO editor.

The specification is currently at Final Draft International Standard stage, and is being balloted by ISO TC130 member bodies. If passed, it is expected that it will be published as ISO 20677 in 2019.

Please contact the ICC Technical Secretary if you are interested in participating in developing, implementing or testing iccMAX.

Potential testers should note that a reference implementation, the RefIccMAX project, first released in January 2016 and regularly updated since, provides an open source set of libraries and tools that allow for the interaction, manipulation, and application of iccMAX based colour management profiles based on the iccMAX profile specification.

ICC will also continue work on Interoperability Conformance Specifications, which will define sub-sets of iccMAX for particular implementation domains. Where appropriate hese will become part of published specifications.