Originally Posted by ellisson
I need a color calibrator for printing and have seen a few options on various websites, including RFF. My concern is the performance of a calibrator on my Macbook Pro with current and future software updates. I will be printing on an Epson Stylus Pro 3880.
I cannot find a recent update of X-rite software since 2013, although Mac software has been updated. Should I anticipate significant problems using X-rite ColorMonki or Spyder calibrators on my MacBook Pro with OS X El Capitan latest update? Advice and opinions appreciated. Thank you.
For accurate printing a hardware calibrated monitor is the way to go. I use a 27 inch Eizo that self calibrates itself monthly and adjusts the display to ambient light levels every time I start it up.
Software calibrations really compress your color gamut and or greyscale, especially with bright displays like on a Macbook Pro. Software calibrations kinda produces the high contrast, lost detail, and overly saturated images that we see nowadays everywhere.
I dim my display to 80 Lux to simulate the amount of light reflecting off paper and ink in a darkened room and still even with a calibrated monitor I am printing more shadow detail than I can see on my calibrated Eizo. With a software calibration you basically are seeing even less.
BTW I print on a 3880 and 7800 using Piezography, and I print up to 20x30 on 24x36. If you tend to print big it really pays to have the bigger display and also the hardware calibration for accuracy.