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Latest i1Solutions from X-rite

The i1 profiling options from X-rite

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xrite logoX-rite i1 solutions update

We’ve followed developments in Colour management tools quite closely here, with our reviews and articles.

X-Rite have announced more information about i1Profiler, which we mentioned back in May.

We will be covering the software in detail when it’s released, with a series of reviews – it does a quite a lot, so like our series of original reviews about various i1 functionalities and how you can use them, we hope to have a comprehensive guide.

We've reviews of many X-Rite products. See the X-Rite Category in the dropdown menu at the top of the right column.

This (edited) from the press release.

“The portfolio is comprised of i1Basic Pro, i1Photo Pro, i1 Publish and i1Publish Pro. All four feature  new technology and applications: i1Profiler, X-Rite’s entirely new next generation colour profiling software; new PANTONE Color Manager colour swatch bridging software; and ColorChecker Proof, a new colour checker chart for direct viewing analysis against a printed target.

i1Basic Pro is a solution for high-end monitor profiling, monitor and printing quality verification, and spot colour measurement. i1Basic Pro is designed  for an effective colour-managed workflow. i1Basic Pro includes i1Profiler software, PANTONE Color Manager software and an i1Pro spectrophotometer.

i1Photo Pro is  designed for photo professionals to manage their RGB workflow from camera to display and projector to print. Through the iterative profiling capability of the i1Profiler software,  users should enjoy the high quality colour results that target highlight and shadow details and delivers greater colour accuracy for more neutral grays and natural skin tones.

i1Publish (a standalone software package) and i1Publish Pro are, fully-featured ICC profiling solutions for graphic arts professionals that need to organize and manage their complete RGB, CMYK and CMYK+N (CMYK plus any 4) prepress workflows, complete with new assurance validation and verification functions using digital standards. This includes a display QA function to check soft proofing for ISO (G7, SWOP, PSO, Japan Colour) and a printer QA function to check print quality using ISO media wedges (IDEAlliance ISO Control Wedge or Fogra Media Wedge).

i1Photo Pro and i1Publish Pro include i1Profiler software, an i1Pro spectrophotometer, PANTONE Color Manager software, ColorChecker Proof target, mini ColorChecker Classic target, and ColorChecker Passport camera calibration software. i1Publish includes all of the above except for the spectrophotometer.

About i1Profiler Software

With the new i1Profiler software, X-Rite has developed new software combining the best features of its i1Match, ProfileMaker and MonacoPROFILER solutions. i1Profiler software offers the flexibility to address the needs of digital imaging workflows. It features a number of  colour management capabilities, adding to users’ power and control in creating high quality profiles. Users can chose between a ‘basic’, wizard-driven interface; or an ‘advanced’, user-driven interface to create high quality, precise, custom colour profiles for monitors, projectors, printers, and presses.

At the core of i1Profiler is X-Rite’s i1Prism engine, whose profiling technology lets users build printer profiles for up to 8-color workflows (RGB, CMYK and CMYK plus any 4). This reliable, iterative technology is extremely robust, allowing for further profile optimization based on any combination of images, spot colours or captured colours. Users can select from any of the included PANTONE colour libraries, including the new PANTONE PLUS SERIES and PANTONE Fashion + Home.

Using just one software tool, users can optimise their profiles, build profiles with ambient light measurements, compensate for optical brighteners in their papers, and utilize simple yet advanced controls for black separation. i1Profiler lets users save and reuse assets or preferred settings with drag-and-drop functionality – meaning profile generation workflows can be created or shared with others quickly, easily, and efficiently. This exchange functionality also allows users to communicate palette information and other colour data across the office or around the world using X-Rite’s Color Exchange Format (CxF).

Additional highlights include:

  • Achieve true colors on all LCD, CRT and laptop monitors
  • Perfect printed colours every time, on any RGB printer
    a) Optimize profile based on a photographer’s images for specific colours, black & white, or flesh tones, PANTONE libraries and captured spot colours – get the colour look desired without editing any profiles
    b) Capture ambient light to adapt output profile for any gallery, studio or retail environment for a perfect colour match to lighting conditions
    c) Choose from standard test charts or customize to meet specific colour and paper size requirements
    d) Quickly check colour output quality with new ColorChecker Proof visual assessment target
  • High quality projector profiles to accurately project images on the big screen and confidently display images to clients at true to life size and colour
  • Profile digital cameras with the included ColorChecker Camera Calibration system
  • Capture spot colours off virtually any surface – ideal for matching colors from surroundings or for corporate ID photography
  • Easily select special colors from libraries with the included PANTONE Color Manager

About PANTONE Color Manager

PANTONE Color Manager will dynamically keep all digital PANTONE libraries up to date, accurate and ready to use in Adobe and Quark creative applications. The tight integration of i1Profiler with PANTONE Color Manager swatch bridging software gives users access to all PANTONE colours for precise spot colour matching, and accuracy of spot colour reproduction. It also makes multiple color space selections simple for colour translation to multiple applications and is ideal for photographers that need to shoot corporate ID images.

PANTONE Color Manager includes a new feature, which simplifies the creation and distribution of corporate brand style guides. Designers can include palette information, digital colour data, and output profiles to ensure that their brand colour is faithfully reproduced in any print production process around the corner or across the globe.

About ColorChecker Proof

 

To help users perform a visual colour evaluation of their results using physical standards, i1Photo Pro and i1Publish Pro solutions include the new ColorChecker Proof, a 24-patch ColorChecker Classic target precut with holes for direct viewing against a printed target. When used in proper lighting conditions, this offers a much more precise visual verification of output quality, so that the user can quickly determine if any adjustment is needed.

About ColorChecker Passport Software and Classic Target

With the ColorChecker Passport Camera Calibration Application and Lightroom Plug-In, users can quickly and easily build DNG profiles for Adobe Imaging solutions including Lightroom, Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, Camera Raw (ACR) and Adobe Bridge. This profiling technology, which has become widely adopted in RAW workflows since its launch in September 2009, provides excellent results with just the small 24-patch ColorChecker Classic target included in both i1Photo Pro and i1Publish Pro. It produces DNG profiles, even in unusual or artificial light sources. Plus, software auto-detection will locate the target automatically.

Pricing, upgrades and availability

The new i1 Professional Color Management Solutions will be available in October 2010 from X-Rite’s online store (North America and Europe), and also from the company’s worldwide network of resellers. i1Publish will also be offered with two upgrade options based on original solution purchased. For more information, please visit xrite.com or XritePhoto.com.

Note – an updated press release moves the availability to November

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