X-rite i1 Profiler product overview and reviews
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.
Latest update 2020
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).
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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.
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.
2020 February: Review of the i1Pro 3 and i1Photo Pro
V3.2 of i1Profiler drops support for the original i1Pro
2019 September: Detailed review of the i1Pro 3 Plus spectrophotometer in the i1Photo Pro 3 Plus package.
V3 of i1Profiler is available – mainly to support the i1Pro 3 Plus
2018 December 29th – A short note on using i1Profiler to measure light sources and using the data to evaluate CRI
2018 i1Profiler V1.8.1 – Mostly bug fixes. Note that colour target reference files have been updated – if you’re still using an old target, then previous reference files can be downloaded.
2017 May: i1Profiler V1.7.1 Fixes and adds support for High DPI displays.
2016 August New article about using the i1iO for B&W print linearity checking.
2015 April 20th V1.6.0
- Added support for dual scan mode (M1 and M2) for the i1iO table. (User must have the i1Pro 2 device as well as an i1iO 2 table running firmware version 1.0.7 or later.)
- Added support for the new i1iSis 2 with M1 measurement condition.
- The Patch Set Editor allows users to create custom patch sets and to modify existing patch sets from i1Profiler, ColorPort, MeasureTool and other applications.
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.
- 29th – We’ve a lengthy review of the ColorMunki Display – monitor profiling. Different software, but a very similar neasuring device to the i1Display Pro
- 13th – Info about i1Display 2/LT support under Mac OS 10.7
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.
- i1 Profiler Monitor profiling
- i1 Profiler RGB printer profiling
- ColourChecker Passport camera software (our original review of this package)
- Upgrade options for obtaining Profiler
- License Agreement – very important if you supply profiles for others, applies to existing s/w if you upgrade.
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.
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!
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.
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 OEM||Upgrade B|
|i1Photo; i1Photo SG; i1Proof; i1XT; i1XTreme||Upgrade A|
|ProfileMaker 5.x||Upgrade A|
|MonacoProfiler 4.x||Upgrade 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
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.
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