X-Rite i1Profiler Software v1.3 Updates
by Brenda K. Hipsher – June 13th, 2012
With the introduction of our newest i1Pro 2 spectrophotometer solutions, i1Basic Pro 2, i1Photo Pro 2, and i1Publish Pro 2, came the latest update to our i1Profiler software introduced in the summer of 2011. Of course one of the new additions is support for the new i1Pro 2 devices. That’s hugely important! But what’s also important is continued support of the many, many i1Pro devices out there in the field brand named Gretag Macbeth and X-Rite. This new i1Profiler software utilizes the great features and reliability of existing i1Pro devices in the field.
We’re listening to you as well and some of you will be very pleased to find White Point Editing added. These edits can be made from a current measurement, a saved measurement, in an ICC profile, and more. In most cases this editing is unnecessary. But some of you wanted this control and it’s back for you in i1Profiler v1.3 updates.
There’s been improvement for handling printer test charts made in other applications. So if you have a favorite test chart that you created in ProfileMaker or Monaco Profiler you can now more easily import that chart into i1Profiler for use in your new workflow. Additionally there are two new measurement workflows added. An improved CGATS reading module allowing it to accept file formats from other applications. Some known issues with CMYK+ profile generation have been corrected and Russian language support is added.
When using the new i1Pro 2 device for paper profiling you can also reduce your patch size to 7mm from 10mm. This is nearly a 30% savings in paper and ink every time you print test charts. Over time this feature alone can pay for your device.
There are new video color standards built in so that you can profile your monitors using NTSC, PAL SECAM, and Rec. 709 presets. This feature can help you when color grading your video footage. Since most photographers are also shooting at least some video these days this is an important addition to i1Profiler v1.3. You’ll find these standards in “saved workflows.”
Finally i1Profiler v1.3 software supports M1 measurement condition support. The M measurements are part of ISO 13655-2009: Spectral Measurement and Colorimetric Computation for Graphic Arts Images. We’ll talk more about M measurement conditions M0, M1, and M2 in a coming blog post. This ISO standard allows color management of OBA-enhanced paper. Learn more about OBA’s and Optical Brightener Compensation here on the X-Rite Photo Blog – Douglas Dubler on OBC. You’ll find a PDF download in that post that will give you even more information on OBC and why it’s important.
If you already use i1Profiler software with your current i1Pro device simply download and install the update the next time you start the software. If you’ve moved up to i1Display Pro you’ll also be prompted to download the latest update when you launch i1Profiler.
If you have an existing i1Pro device and would like to upgrade to i1Profiler software visit www.xritephoto.com for information on i1Publish upgrades that include i1Profiler software, Camera Calibration, and ColorChecker Targets. And if you’d like to upgrade both your hardware and software we have i1Publish Pro 2 upgrades with a significant savings over purchasing the software and hardware separately. In either case you’ll have full i1Publish capability including RGB and CMYK+ paper profiling, projector profiling and monitor profiling. In addition you will receive Camera Calibration software with a mini ColorChecker Classic and the ColorChecker Proof that will allow you to run QA tests.
It’s time you let your inner color perfectionist out! Stop Guessing. Start Knowing. Use the new X-Rite i1Profiler software with i1Pro, i1 Display Pro, and i1Pro 2 devices for the ultimate color management control for professionals. Check out i1Display Pro, i1Basic Pro 2, i1Photo Pro 2, i1Publish Pro 2, and i1Publish Pro 2 upgrades for all the details. And be sure to follow us @xritephoto on Twitter and “Like” us on Facebook at X-Rite Photo to keep up on color management for your digital photo and video workflow.