|Home||About us||Commercial Photography||Gallery||Articles/reviews/blog||What's new|
i1 Xtreme - Update Review
Monitor/ scanner/ camera/ projector/ printer profiling (RGB and CMYK)
The i1 Xtreme is the current top level package for acquiring an i1 spectrophotometer.
We've reviewed all the different elements of this package over the last few years and have collected all the relevant information here.
This is an overview of what you get, along with links to our detailed reviews of the constituent parts.
The changes of name do make it a bit difficult to keep up with what is what - it confused us too. We've all the equipment here at Northlight, so please feel free to ask if anything is unclear.
I often get asked about aspects of colour management and profiling.
It's essentially about getting better and more consistent results when dealing with images, whether viewing them on a screen, printing them out, or sending them to other people.
It's about getting things right first time -- more often. I'm going to assume that if you are reading this review then you've probably decided you need some form of colour management...
However just in case you are still wondering just what this 'Colour management' stuff is, I've a very short guide to colour management page that might be of help - it includes links to other articles on this site and elsewhere. There are also links to further information at the end of this article.
The i1 XTreme from X-rite comes in a convenient carry bag, containing all the items you need to profile printers and monitors.
The i1 system is designed so that you can add modules and additional devices to increase functionality.
This is the complete set of functionality for the i1 Extreme (from X-rite)
*i1 XTreme is available in either NoFilter and UVcut. Purchase according to your workflow requirements.
Reviews of specific functionalityThis package does an awful lot of things.
As such we've included links to detailed reviews rather than just copy them all here.
i1 printer profiling
i1 Beamer - A hardware attachment device for using the X-rite i1 Pro spectrophotometer for digital projector profiling
i1 scanner profiling
i1 profile editing - The i1 Match software from X-rite allows you to edit icc printer profiles. How easy is it to use, and what things should you consider before editing profiles
The i1 XTreme is the top package based on all the various i1 Match software modules
The spectrophotometer is widely regarded as -the- industry standard and is a precision instrument (i.e. take care of it and keep it in the bag when not in use) The device comes in a useful carrying bag with its various accessories.
I often get asked for suggestions about learning more about the nuts and bolts of Colour Management.
My usual suggestion is Bruce Fraser's Real World Colour Management. My own copy is well thumbed. It's my first port of call if I'm asked a question and I feel I don't quite understand an issue well enough to be absolutely sure of an answer.
Check latest price/availability from Amazon.com or Amazon.co.ukRWCM 1st Edition RWCM
RWCM 2nd Edition RWCM
See some other books Keith has on the shelf, on our Books Page
The i1 Match software supplied is easy to use and also has interactive training info on the CD.
For monitor calibration it works very well, while the ability to make spot measurements of colours is useful in some areas.
The printer profiling gives good quality profiles, good enough for high quality printing.
In the profiling package, I did find the lack of attention given to finding the best media settings before profiling, a serious omission. I've found profiles supplied by paper manufacturers that have been made at the wrong media settings, using much more expensive equipment.
If I'm building my own profiles, I either use the i1 (with the iO) or the i1 iSis to make my measurements, but even if I'm measuring 5000 patches I always do a thorough check for optimal media settings first.
The i1 Share package does have real uses (ambient light measurement and spot readings) but as a former researcher in usability and HCI, I really dislike it's interface and general disdain for best practice in interface design. It does good stuff but you may have a job finding how to do it in the first place.June 2012 - X-Rite are shipping updated i1Pro 2 with i1Profiler 1.3
Reviews: i1Pro 2 Basic - i1Pro 2 Photo
April 2010 X-Rite ship V1.0 of i1 Profiler - Full i1 Profiler reviews and information
May 2010 X-Rite annouce new profiling software for Q4 2010 - i1 Match and ProfileMaker Pro will be superseded by i1Profiler later in 2010. We have some notes and press info in the X-rite information section of the Northlight blog. For purchases after April 1st 2010 here will be free upgrades, along with other offers when the software is available.
Sept. 2008 X-Rite and the i1 range
From Sept. the range is simplified to two options. The functionality is the same as we have reviewed, but exactly what you get varies. As a result of this rationalisation, the i1Photo, i1Photo SG, i1Proof and i1XT have all been discontinued, and the i1 range now consists of:
With the i1XTreme you can calibrate and profile:
*Requires Digital ColorChecker SG Chart - available separately.
Buying the i1
We make a specific point of not selling hardware, but if you found the info on our site of help, please consider buying an i1 (any version), or any other items at all, via our link with Amazon.
It won't cost any more (nor less we're afraid) but will contribute towards the running costs of our site.
Purchase From B&H (also helps us)
The range of i1 options may be a bit bewildering, but that's one of the reasons I've included links to all the detailed reviews I've written covering different aspects of the packages. One size does not always fit all :-)
Full option package from X-rite for the i1 Spectrophotometer and its associated hardware.
The software has the following requirements:
X-Rite i1Pro Device Specifications
Before calibrating your monitor on Windows PC systems, you should check to see that Adobe gamma is turned off if it was installed. We've got a short guide to removing Adobe Gamma that might be of help.
The views in this article represent those of Keith Cooper.
Keith is always happy to discuss matters raised in his articles. You can Email Us
Northlight Images prides itself on its independence when giving advice. We do not sell hardware or software and have no direct commercial links with any of the software or hardware vendors that may be mentioned here. See our Review Policy for more information.
You can search all the hundreds of articles on the site for more information
Have you found an article on the site useful or helpful? If so, please consider sharing a link to the article or mentioning it on a forum - Thanks to everyone who's helped the site become better known. Explore our site... Digital Black and White photography and printing - some of Keiths thoughts, techniques and tips for those interested in a digital approach to black and white. New site content appears on the News, articles and reviews page. We've lots of original Photography Articles and Photography Reviews on the site to help anyone interested in photography.Thanks to the visitors who've made Amazon purchases (any kinds of items whatosever)
via: Amazon UK/Amazon France/Amazon Germany/Amazon USA/Amazon Canada
It won't save extra money we're afraid, but it does help in the running of the site, and we really appreciate it...
Commercial Photography - Architectural Photography - Industrial - Print Gallery - Corporate Events