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The ‘Palette’ Customizable Control Interface Takes Your Post Workflow to the Next Level

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When engineers Calvin and Ashish got in touch with us to tell us about their upcoming Palette interface, we immediately got excited. That’s because a lot of people have thought up ways to speed up your post-processing workflow with everything from video game controllers to MIDI controllers, but none of them hold a candle to Palette’s potential.

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That’s because Palette is an entirely freeform and 100% customizable hardware interface that allows you to create exactly the controller you want, and then quickly and easily tailor it to work with whatever software you prefer using.

Here’s a quick intro to Palette:

As you can see, whether you’re using Photoshop, Lightroom, or any of the other supported programs, it really doesn’t matter. You simply connect the Power Module to one of your computer’s USB ports and begin building your specific interface from there.

Use sliders, buttons and dials to create the tactile editing experience that suits you best, and then assign functions to each of them using the Palette desktop app. Our of the box Palette will support the entire Adobe Creative Suite, as well as basic web apps like Spotify and Google Maps.

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The idea behind Palette is solid, now comes the funding. The duo literally JUST launched a Kickstarter campaign (yes, we timed this article to coincide with the release) with the goal of reaching 100,000 CAD goal (~95,000 USD) in the next 45 days.

Pledge levels range from the starter kit (1 power module, 1 slider, 1 button and 1 dial) for 100 CAD (~95 USD), to the apprentice kit (1 power module, 1 slider, 2 buttons and 2 dials) for 150 CAD (~143 USD), to the professional kit (1 power module, 6 sliders, 4 buttons and 5 dials) for 400 CAD (~380 USD).

Those prices are for the matte aluminum versions, there are also limited edition cherry wood versions that go for more.

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Obviously there’s no telling at this point whether or not Palette will make its goal, but we see a lot of potential here. So if you’re interested head over to their Kickstarter page and put your pledge down.

And, since you’re some of the first to hear about it, the first 100 can take advantage of the Early Bird specials and get either the starter kit or the apprentice kit for the discounted price of 90 and 140 CAD (~85 and 133 USD), respectively. Estimated delivery is set for June 2014.


 
  • Richard Horsfield

    Looks like a genuinely interesting concept that could be useful for some professional photographers and editors. Not sure if it would be helpful to me personally, but hope they reach their funding goal.

  • http://www.rmjphotography.net/ RMJ

    That’s awesome. Really nice idea. A bit too large controllers though, I’d be more interested of smaller version.

  • David Arthur

    I want something like this, but would rather pay half as much money for something that has less customizable hardware. But right now I’m having trouble finding just a single button I can assign to a specific task.

  • Eugene Chok

    done deal i definitely need this, agreed it is a little bit large

  • Eugene Chok

    i see a non modular cheap knock off version in the for see able future, that is probably not patented

  • Leif Sikorski

    Looks a lot like something many have already done with midi boards. To me the buttons and dials look way to large.

  • adamveres

    interesting about the quality of plastic that used

  • csmif

    I want.

  • Mark Dub

    Possibly a good idea but it looks way too large. I also would like to see more use with the product. The video was really bad in that regard.

    I also have to think the sliders are useless. Assign it to exposure (or scrolling thru photos). what happens when the slider is all the way right?

  • WKYA_Radio

    WOW. Great freaking idea.

  • joey

    gimmick. who wants to bet you don’t see this kind of thing take off? its too little for too much.

  • MS

    ahaha gimme a break.

  • Renato Murakami

    Gotta be honest here… I’ve always thought something like that would be kinda interesting, though I don’t really have many applications to use it.
    But I’ve seen it before. It’s a company that I think once was part of Logitech, or they worked with them for a while, and then became independent… or something along these lines. I remember a dial type controller called NuLOOQ among some more advanced “3D controllers”.
    Provided that these were more for CAD and 3D modeling software, but they probably could be adapted for Photoshop and other Adobe creative software usage.
    Just google 3Dconnexion or NuLOOQ and you’ll find it.
    Just be aware that they can be way more expensive, and they are basically dial type controllers with a bunch of buttons… no sliders there. But they might fit better the needs of some than what this Kickstarter is offering. Just thought of leaving this here.

  • Tim

    Will we be able to use one slider to control a number of different sliders in Lightroom etc, or will we have to buy as many as we want to control?

  • cunguez

    Solid idea coming off of the backs of the midi lightroom devs. But the price point is too high considering the number of modules it would take (speaking for myself) to assemble a setup with enough control. I have a Livid Instruments Code v2 with 32 rotary control dials, 13 buttons, 4 settings banks, and I still want to add another custom button pad. I’d happily buy a software license if they could also write something that would allow for super straightforward Lr configuration of other usb midi devices.

  • lololalallll

    Wasn’t there an article with converting a midi board to do this… with more sliders and buttons. For cheaper.