Color Calibration Software and support
Old 06-05-2016   #1
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Color Calibration Software and support

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.
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Old 06-10-2016   #2
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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.
Gary,

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.

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I've not been able to run calibration on Colormunki Design software (I have the Design/white model) on two El Capitan machines, even with the latest update patch that's supposed to make their tool work with El Capitan. It works perfectly on Windows and an older Mavericks machine though.

The workaround that I've found was to use Argyll CMS, which works really well on everything I tried - Windows, Linux, and Mac including El Capitan.
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