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i1 Display 2 and i1 Display LT to be supported for Mac OS 10.7 Lion

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Mac only support for older i1Display colorimeters

i1Display 2

i1Display 2 and LT to be supported on Macs under 10.7

i1Display 2 suport extended

X-Rite are looking to allow Mac users to continue with the i1Display 2/LT.

Apple’s upcoming 10.7 Mac OS release has a most unwelcome feature for my own day to day computer use. It drops Rosetta, the software that allows me to seamlessly fire up older mac software (based on the older PPC processor)

See my eventual update to 10.9 discussed further, including what to do with my old PPC software (still useful in 2016)

It so happens that there are a few bits of software that I use regularly that were never updated – fortunately I can carry on with what works fine now (for the time being)

One casualty of the change will be X-rite’s i1Match software.

However, if you currently use  an i1Display 2 or i1Display LT, then X-rite have announced that a special (Mac only) module for i1Profiler will be available to allow you to do monitor calibration with these two colorimeters.

This will function similarly to the i1Display Pro we recently reviewed.

Note that this only applies to using the colorimeters to calibrate your display – it’s got nothing to do with running older profiling software such as ProfileMaker Pro.

This software module is scheduled for September, and obviously we’ll try it out and report back when it’s available.

This from X-Rite:

Any customer who purchases and registers their i1Display LT or i1Display 2 solution from January 1, 2011 will be eligible for a free update. All purchases prior to 2011 will be charged a nominal fee. X-Rite customer technical support applies if solution is still within its original warranty period. Final details will be provided prior to software release.

There is a page with more info at:
X-Rite i1 update information

There is a form on the X-Rite page where you can request to be notified when the software is available.

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  • Keith Cooper | Jan 23, 2013 at 7:54 pm

    This is one of those useful features dropped during progress :-(

    It’s not directly possible with the new devices and x-rite software.

    However, you can use Argyll CMS to make a wide variety of measurements with older devices (it’s free).

    A warning though, that the software is command line driven and (IMHO) almost unusable to most normal people (I don’t regard people comfortable with unix command line input as normal – I’ve worked as a UNIX sysadmin in the past!)

    There are attempts to polish the edges with various GUI add-ons, but be prepared to do a bit of detective work ;-)

  • Martin Herrera | Jan 23, 2013 at 5:23 pm

    Keith, I was wondering if you can assist me with the following question.

    I still have my original gmb EyeOne Display2. I own now both an original Color Munki and the new i1Display. The feature I am missing in both, which I use to have in my gmb EyeOne Display2, was the ability to take am ambient light reading, not for creating the profile, but rather to evaluate the viewing conditions of my work space. In the software that came with this device, you could take an ambient light reading, prior to profiling and evaluate your workspace condition, meaning how much light you had in your workspace (in candelas per m2), and the color temperature of that light (in Kelvins). That way, I could fine tune the viewing and working conditions of my workspace to be consistent and under specifications prior to calibrating and during post processing.

    Such feature was gone when I could no longer run the original software (after Rosseta was gone). Is there any other way, using the hardware devices I have today, to perform such task?

    Thanks so much. m.

  • Len | Mar 1, 2012 at 6:16 am

    I just installed and used this software for my i1Display2.
    I found it quite an improvement on iMatch and was pleasantly pleased and relieved as I pretty much had to upgrade to Lion soon.

  • Keith | Aug 2, 2011 at 7:59 pm

    I’d humbly suggest waiting…

    I use Macs for all my work and see no need to update for 10.7 on any of our work machines – it breaks too much.

    Whilst I might have a disk on a machine with 10.7 on it for testing, it is unlikely to be until next year I even think about 10.7 for serious work – it’s not like it suddenly rendered 10.6 broken…

  • lee | Aug 2, 2011 at 7:23 pm

    My question is what do we do in the mean time? I don’t understand how these guys are getting away with this?

  • Keith | Aug 1, 2011 at 1:09 pm

    Ah yes, the time travel effects of a holiday :-)

  • Eivind Johansen | Aug 1, 2011 at 12:30 pm

    Never mind the last post. Just back from vacation and of course September hasn’t gone anywhere. That was July :P I will be avaiting news from X-Rite as everyone else.

  • Eivind Johansen | Aug 1, 2011 at 12:21 pm

    So, September came and left. Have anyone gotten any more information from X-Rite regarding their “i1Profiler MAC monitor update module” for the EyeOne Display 2? I filled out their form but no reply so far.

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