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i1 Profiler – Overview, updates and reviews

X-Rite’s colour management software



in 2011 X-Rite released version 1.0 of their new application i1 Profiler. We’ve been testing this new software for some time and it’s our profiling software of choice since we got our new iPF8300 printer back in November 2010.

Keith has been testing pre-release versions of the software and written this overview of the X-Rite product. This page also has update news for i1Profiler and links to more specific reviews of its broad functionality.

i1 publish pack

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 (Win7/8 are supported).

i1 Profiler – download

i1 Publish

We’ve got the full ‘everything’ version of the software, called i1 Publish Pro, and hope to cover much 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.

Color Management book

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.uk 

RWCM  1st Edition RWCM  RWCM  2nd Edition RWCM Other Amazon sites Amazon France / Amazon Germany / Amazon Canada

See some other books Keith has on the shelf, on our Books Page

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.

Updates

2014 June 6th V1.5.4 fixes [Xrite]

  • The following features and improvements have been added for this release:
  • i1Pro SDK Fix: Fixed a bug in the i1Pro SDK that caused slightly false measurement errors when calculating M1 (D50) & M2 (UVCut) spectral values.  It is important to note that this issue did not affect M0 (tungsten only) measurements.
  • Support for New Version of i1Display Pro: i1Profiler has been updated to support a new revision level of the i1Display Pro hardware and firmware.
  • General Application: In addition, some incremental enhancements to the infrastructure of the product as well as the color engine have been implemented.

2014 May:  I recently upgraded my main work Mac to OSX 10.9 (Mavericks) – there are some updates that may be needed for X-rite software/hardware. This is covered in the 10.9 update article on our blog.

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

  • i1Basic Pro 2 – Includes i1Pro 2 spectrophotometer. i1Publish software for monitor and projector profiling. Spot colour measurement. Monitor and printer quality verification (kit is enough to produce B&W profiles as described here, but does not include colour printer profiling).
  • i1Photo Pro 2 – Contents are as with the Basic package, but adds colour printer profiling, including Optical Brightener Compensation capability. Two ColorChecker cards are included for print evaluation and the creation of DNG camera profiles.
  • Using the i1Pro 2 with ColorPort and QTR
  • Using i1Profiler to measure QTR linearising targets.

2012 March – the new version of the i1Pro spectrophotometer is available – the i1Pro 2

2011 December 1st – Version 1.2 is available

  • Added the ability to balance RGB controls during display calibration.
  • Improved ADC functionality and connectivity for all platforms.
  • Added the reporting of target and measured values for luminance, white point and contrast ratio during display profiling.
  • Fixed issue where profiling and QA of second display was producing inaccurate results (Mac only).
  • Added ability to calibrate EIZO ColorEdge displays using ADC.
  • Added the ability to select M0 or M2 measurements for profile creation (when both measurements are present.)
  • Improved CGATS exporting. Allows user to customize exported CGATS data for multiple uses.
  • Added support for Japan Color in Printer QA.
  • New X-Rite Device Services solves Japanese connection problems with i1Display, iO with i1Pro Rev. B problem and various connection issues.
  • Fixed issue where profile could not be made if the black ink on the test chart was too chromatic.
    Changed Printer QA tolerances to match FOGRA and ISO12647-7.

July

June 30th – Version 1.1.1 is available – includes support for i1Display Pro (full review)

  • Added the ability to do small (119), medium (220) and large (478) patch sets when doing advanced display calibration.
  • Added the ability to specify a target contrast ratio for the display to match the ICC standard PCS black point (287:1).
  • Added the ability to use the contrast ratio of a printer profile as the target contrast ration for a display profile.
  • Miscellaneous minor bug fixes.

More detailed reviews of specific functionality

Information

Installation

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.

software installation options

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.

See copy of full EULA below

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

roll your mouse over to see the difference

Here’s a printer profiling test target I created (in this software) for profiling the iPF8300.

2938 patches on an A3+ sheet

i1 isis profiling target

The profiling workflow is shown along the bottom

profiling workflow

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

profiling target i1 publish and Canon ipf8300

Anyway, there are tons more features… I’ll look at them in due course!

X-Rite supplied information

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

  • Must have administrative privileges to install software.
  • Monitor calibration does not work when multiple monitors are in mirror mode (this issue affects Windows installations only.)
  • Windows 7 and Vista only – During monitor profile creation, you may see a message stating that the display’s colour scheme is being changed. This is temporary to allow proper in-screen measurement. The display will be restored to it’s previous state after the measurements are completed.
  • You may not be able to load display LUTs if you are running in Boot Camp or Parallels Desktop.
  • i1 Profiler allows the import of CGATS measurement files from other applications. However, the colour engine has been optimised to work with the patch sets generated within i1Profiler. The profile quality from profiles made entirely within the i1 Profiler workflow will exceed profiles made from legacy targets and measurements.
  • When saving spectral data from other application to use in i1 Profiler, scale the reflectances from 0-1.0. Data scaled from 0-100 will not be interpreted correctly in i1 Profiler.
  • Although you can print test charts directly from i1 Profiler, it is highly recommended that you save the chart as TIFF files and print from the application or applications in which you will be using the ICC profiles.
  • i1 Profiler uses OpenGL to display the profile’s 3D gamut. If you encounter a problem with the gamut preview, make sure that your video card drivers are up to date.
  • i1 Profiler does not support multiple connections of the same type of device (two i1 Pro instruments for example.)
    The application may lose its connection to a measurement device if the computer goes into sleep or hibernate mode. If this happens, disconnect and reconnect the device to restore the connection.
  • If you encounter any problems connecting to your measurement device, please disconnect and reconnect the device to restore the connection.
  • Make sure your i1 iSis power button is on when you connect the USB. If you connect with the button off then turn the power on, the i1 iSis will not be seen.
  • If Optimising a profile using an image or spot colours, adjust the margins of your target to form a 2-row target for the i1 iO. Single row targets are not supported.
Upgrade options

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).

i1Basic; i1Design LT; i1Photo LT; i1Pro OEMUpgrade B
i1Photo; i1Photo SG; i1Proof; i1XT; i1XTremeUpgrade A
ProfileMaker 5.xUpgrade A
MonacoProfiler 4.xUpgrade B

The Upgrade A and B just differ in the price but include the same level of software licenses, features, and complementary components.

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

License agreement

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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(a) You may use and permit use of each Licensed Profile for the specific input, display or output device owned and used by You for which the Licensed Profile was created;
(b) You may provide a Licensed Profile to one or more third parties for the limited purpose of proofing an image or publication, provided that the Licensed Profile (i) is embedded within an image or publication; or (ii) is sent to a service provider along with an image or publication for use exclusively with that image or publication;
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(i) Such Licensed Profile is for personal use by such third party only on a specific input, display or output device owned by the third party for which the Licensed Profile was created;
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More colour management and printing related information

For information about printers, paper reviews and profiling (colour management) see the Printing section of the main printers and printing page, or use the search box at the top of any page. All colour management information is indexed on the main Colour Management page.

Some specific articles that may be of interest:  

  • Why don't my prints match my screen? A short article showing why there is more to getting your prints to match your screen, than just calibrating your monitor. It's the vital first step, but you do need to consider some other factors for best results.
  • Why are my prints too dark - some basic suggestions to this common problem.

 


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  • carl

    Just wanted to say that I really like your reviews and other provided information. I also want to say that I find the X-rite product naming system to be very confusing! Every time I visit the X-rite web site it feels like someone is intentionally trying to make it difficult to access regularly even basic information. I’m sure I can’t be the first person to mention this — so thanks for your work!

    • Thanks very much – you’re not alone with finding the naming confusing!

      It’s been quite difficult to follow ever since X-rite took over GMB, but the i1Profiler naming is a bit clearer.

      It’s meant in the past that I couldn’t necessarily review products, so I stuck more to the functionality – useful if that’s what you want to know about, but not so clear if you just want to know what to buy…

  • David Quirke

    Hi Keith,
    Forgive me if you have already covered this in another article, but I do have a couple of questions regarding the use of colour meters in the colour management workflow.

    1) Where do they fit in – if at all – when using DSLR profiling software?

    2) If the colour meter is duplicating the functionality of the DSLR profiling software – is there any advantage to be gained in using one method over the other?

    Your thoughts would be gratefully appreciated.
    Kind Regards,
    David Quirke

    • Colour meters really don’t have much use for digital work. I’ve heard of some people using them for balancing flash gels, but in general they went out with film. They are not designed for the colour response of DSLRs so would need a lot of experimentation to make use of (and DSLRs can make fairly good colour meters in themselves)

      A white balance off a good grey card will work for most applications – I sometimes use DNG profiles for colour reproduction in awkward factory lighting, but rarely. Most times a good white nalance is all that is needed. I do have DNG profiles for some of our continuous studio lighting, but don’t use them that often – see the colorchecker passport review on this site for more info.

      • Keith,
        First off, let me thank you for your thorough evaluations and insights. They are very much appreciated!!
        I’ve just purchased a new Epson 7890. I’m redoing my profiles and would like to upgrade my profiling equipment first. Quite old Datacolor
        I’ve read all of your excellent reviews of the Datacolor SR series and X-rite’s i1 Photo Pro. Both have received good reviews. With price not an issue, which would make the most accurate profiles with the least amount of tweeking and time? I won’t use your answer as my only criteria for purchase, but I highly value your opinion.
        Thanks,

        Ed Weaver
        ed@redphotographic.com
        http://www.redphotographic.com

        • For ease of use and profile quality, the new i1 Profiler stuff rarely needs any tweaking with our iPF8300.

          It certainly has a few foibles at the moment, but if the cash is less of a problem I’d look at it (I’d go for a non filtered i1 myself)

          • Peter Buck

            Hi,
            can you help . l have just recieved the new i1 publish upgrade A from X-Rite, After two days
            working with this l still donot have a good quality print , l have followed the tutorial’s step by step
            but the prints look very dark and with a strong yellow cast . What lv’e done to sort this out is lowered the luminus on screen to 80 , from 120 , changed the rendering ,
            Nothing l do alters anything .the prints are always like mud .
            hope you can help .
            peter

          • Are you sure that targets are being printed without any colour management?

            There are (seemingly random) problems with this on Macs – not sure of Win PCs (we don’t have any)

            Email me directly (use the address for Northlight) with some more details (systems, workflow etc)

            Keith

          • Chris

            Hi,
            I wanted to know i.e

            scenerio:

            You have just spend the last 2 hour taking measurements on your monitor. Then create your ICC profile.

            After you have created your profile you preview some pictures on the computer and notice the light browns have a greenish tint.

            Is it possible to add spot colours to your existing profile which you just made?

            or would you have to do the entire 2-3 hour process again and add those custom spot colors from the start.

            Ideally i`d like to keep updating the same profile and build up the database a few colors at a time from the images without having to start the whole process over.

            any thoughts? i have i1profiler was wondering if you knew how to so it or if its possible.

            Thx

          • Not quite sure what you mean here
            Are you talking about monitor profiling? If so what process takes 2hrs?
            You can indeed add colours to the target, but AFAIK, you then just run the profiling process again.
            I would be more concerned about a monitor that showed such an obvious problem after normal profiling.

            If it is printer profiles you are talking about, then you can add spot colours in the profile refinement stage, although if you use enough patches to start with, the improvement from using the iterative set are minimal.

            BTW Email me directly if you have some more questions? since I don’t check the blog so often