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i1 Profiler - Overview
X-Rite's new colour management software
X-Rite has released version 1.0 of their new application i1 Profiler.
We've been testing this new software for some time and I made it my profiling software of choice when we got our new iPF8300 printer back in November.
V1.0 has some changes from the various beta software we tested, so I'll be creating new reviews over the coming months looking at aspects of just what this software can do.
Page updated: July 2013 - latest - V1.5.0
This page will link to our more detailed reviews of aspects of i1 profiler
The examples shown are using Apple Macs, but the software generally works in the same way on Windows machines (Win7 is supported).
i1 Profiler - download
We've got the full 'everything' version of the software, called i1 Publish Pro, and hope to cover most of its functionality in due course.
i1Photo Pro and i1Publish Pro include i1Profiler software, an i1Pro spectrophotometer, PANTONE Color Manager software, ColorChecker Proof target, mini ColorChecker Classic target, and ColorChecker camera calibration software. i1Publish includes all of the above except for the spectrophotometer.
Some features however are way beyond what we normally use during our work, so I'll be including links to other reviews and articles as I find them.
If you've used older versions of X-Rite software, there are a number of upgrade options.
Some previous functionality, such as profile editing and ICC camera and scanner profiling have not made it into V1.0 of the software.
2013 July 22nd - V1.5.0 fixes and adds CMYK device link profiles for CMYK
2013 January - V1.4.0 adds scanner profiling to i1Profiler (review)
2012 June 6th - new reviews and articles
2012 March - the new version of the i1Pro spectrophotometer is available - the i1Pro 2
2011 December 1st - Version 1.2 is available [download]
The software is protected by a USB dongle, which you'll receive if you buy the more advanced versions, or for versions with an i1 Pro spectrophotometer, the device itself holds your software activation data.
As you can see, it's not a small piece of software.
i1 Publish upgrades
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Note that you can still use your old profiling software (such as ProfileMaker Pro) but you may get some unfamiliar messages appear when plugging in devices.
These are aimed at avoiding driver conflicts and represent a new approach from X-Rite towards device communications.
The ColorMunki is -not- supported in this software for any use - monitor or print.
The i1 Display 2 colorimeter is not supported for monitor calibration and profiling.
The software default to opening in a single window, it can however be expanded to full screen.
There are no preferences or settings to adjust. Authorisation and registration is handled via the main startup screen.
If you currently use ProfileMaker Pro or i1 Match for producing profiles for others, be sure to read the fine print of the new software license, it is much more restrictive - there are a lot of changes that could seriously affect your business, including altering your existing license.
I'll go into more details in the various reviews I'll be writing up, but here are a few of the fundamental features.
The software works in two modes: Basic and Advanced
Here's a printer profiling test target I created (in this software) for profiling the iPF8300.
2938 patches on an A3+ sheet
The profiling workflow is shown along the bottom
Notice how you can produce a second iterative patch set, although I found that after nearly 3000 patches in the first sheet, there was no noticeable difference in print quality (a few numbers improved, but not so as you'd notice in a print)
There is also a ColorChecker proof option where you can see just how closely your print matches a ColorChecker card, in the light you've selected.
Here's an i1 Profiler target coming out of our iPF8300
Anyway, there are tons more features... I'll look at them in due course!
Article History - first published April 2011
The 3 versions of i1 Profiler are:
i1Basic Pro is a solution for high-end monitor profiling, monitor and printing quality verification, and spot colour measurement. Designed for imaging professionals, i1Basic Pro is ideal for an effective workflow in a colour-managed ecosystem. i1Basic Pro includes i1Profiler software, PANTONE Color Manager software and an i1Pro spectrophotometer.
i1Photo Pro is specifically designed for photo professionals to manage their RGB workflow from camera to display and projector to print. Thanks to the iterative profiling capability of the i1Profiler software, professional photo users will enjoy the highest quality colour results that especially target highlight and shadow details and delivers greater colour accuracy for more neutral greys and natural skin tones.
i1Publish (a standalone software package) and i1Publish Pro are the ultimate, 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 Color) and a printer QA function to check print quality using ISO media wedges (IDEAlliance ISO Control Wedge or Fogra Media Wedge).
Current 'known issues' with V1.0
If you are an owner of a most recent version of i1 Match, ProfileMaker 5.x or MonacoPROFILER 4.x solution, you are eligible for an upgrade to i1Publish (Pro). The upgrade package includes the i1Publish software suite (PANTONE Color Manager, ColorChecker Camera Calibration Software) and directly supports any revision of i1Pro, i1iO and i1iSis instruments.
Warning - read the software license carefully - this may seriously affect your business if you provide profiles for others.
Depending on your original purchase (coming from an Advanced or Basic Solution) you can go for either Upgrade A (lower price) or Upgrade B (higher price).
The Upgrade A and B just differ in the price but include the same level of software licenses, features, and complementary components.
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They include an upgrade code voucher to upgrade your i1Pro or PM5 dongle or receive a new programmed dongle, when you update from MonacoProfiler.
More info from X-Rite
I've included this here, since there is no copy installed with the software that you can check afterwards. If you supply profiles for other people in any way then do read it carefully, particularly if you upgrade existing software, since it implies a retroactive alteration of the license for that (old) software. From a brief reading of it, it looks as if rights to offer profiles for 3rd parties have been restricted, you can't offer remote profiling, and you can't supply more than 50 profiles (in total) in a year.
Text ©X-Rite - Reproduced here for your information E&OE - read the version with the software installer for an authorative copy.
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