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Eye-One Match updated
ICC profiling and calibration software for the Eye-One gets some useful upgrades
We've reviewed various versions of the Eye-One profiling package elsewhere, and covered the colour management functionality you get in the Eye-One Match software.
GretagMacbeth have introduced an update (V3.6) which contains several new colour management features of note, such as support for 64bit Windows XP.
See also info about i1Display 2/LT support under Mac OS 10.7
This quick review highlights the changes and looks at some aspects you might want to investigate further.
GretagMacbeth have just released a new version (3.6) of their Eye-One match software for colour management.
Since I have both an Eye-One spectrophotometer, and an Eye-One Display 2, I decided to have a good look at the 40+ megabyte download.
When I originally reviewed the products, the software was at V3.2
According to GMB the principal changes are:
The X64 support for people using 64 bit Windows systems will be welcome, and the expanded range of monitor settings is useful.
That said, I'm still not sure when or why I would want to calibrate my monitor to 10000K with a gamma of 3.0 (try it on someone else's monitor for fun :-)
The options for V4 icc profiles and LUT based monitor profiling are hidden away in the preferences, suggesting that unless you know why you want to change the default settings, it's probably best not to...
Matching two monitors becomes a bit less effort, in that you can now use a different monitor to set your luminance level.
If you were ever unsure of how often your monitor really needed calibrating, there is now a monitor profile validation option where you can store profile checks over time and see just how fast your expensive monitor is deteriorating.
The Validation option, opens up a whole new window with its own measurement interface
Profile validation measurement
The measurement process is very like that used to create the profiles in the first place.
The application records and shows changes over time.
Monitor profile changes
I cheated a bit and just moved the computer's date forward to check this out :-)
There is also a new part of the monitor profiling setup where you can look at an image and compare before and after profiling to see if you can see changes.
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Note that you have to do this -before- saving the profile, since you are immediately taken back to the start screen (oops).
Most of the changes in the application are fairly obvious, but if you have previously used Eye-One Match to create your own printer profiles. you may want to look at rebuilding them (from your saved measurement data).
This is because GMB have updated the algorithms used in profile building to make use of what they call "clean, highly saturated colors". This is the same as is available in the advanced Profilemaker Pro package.
A definite upgrade to install for all users of Eye-One match. If you've made printer profiles before, it may well be worthwhile building new versions to see if the new profile building algorithms produce results more to your liking.
The update is free from GretagMacbeth.
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