X-Rite i1Pro 2 – A New Standard in Color Perfection
by Brenda K. Hipsher – April 11th, 2012
Today X-Rite announced the introduction of a new standard of color accuracy: the next generation i1Pro 2 spectrophotometer and the latest release of i1Profiler software v1.3. The completely redesigned hardware, accessories, and carry case are as beautiful as they are functional, even winning a coveted Red Dot award for industrial design
X-Rite’s i1Pro spectrophotometer is respected as the industry standard for more than a decade. The newly enhanced i1Pro 2 device is redesigned to provide an even higher level of accuracy, versatility, ergonomics, functionality and value. Combined with the i1Profiler software v1.3, the new i1Pro 2 portfolio of four different products is specifically targeted to meet the unique needs of photo, pre-press, digital print and publishing professionals at an exceptional value.
What’s New in i1Pro 2 Hardware
New illuminant design allows for 3 standard measurement conditions (ISO 13655 M0: Tungsten; ISO 13655 M1: D50; ISO 13655 M2: UV Cut) plus Optical Brightener Compensation (OBC) without changing filters or needing a second instrument.
Enhanced Optical Brightener Compensation allows for the most accurate profiling for today’s enhanced range of substrates. Now users can predict what colors printed on optically brightened paper will look like under different light conditions using a single hand-held device.
Positioning Detection Sensor provides a more robust scanning experience even on special substrates and low-resolution printers. It allows for the measurement of smaller patch sizes (as low as 7mm) in manual mode and enables dual measurement workflows for OBC, M1 and M2.
New Status LED guides users through the measurement process and provides feedback on device status, improving the user experience.
New Design Ergonomics throughout allows for greater usability, flexibility, cleaning, protection, and storage of the precision i1Pro 2 device.
Better temperature stability and higher brightness levels improves emissive measurement, resulting in the best possible calibration and profiling of monitors and projectors.
All new diagnostics and self-correction features. Built-in wavelength calibration technology allows for self-diagnosis of optical grating in relation to sensor during white calibration (with automatic correction and notifications).
Maintaining and protecting the device (and investment) is easier than ever. Self-cleanable aperture protection glass and calibration white tile cover provides additional built-in protection from dust and dirt.
i1Profiler v1.3 Offers Enhancements for i1Pro 2 and More
Highlights of what’s new in i1Profiler v1.3:
- M1 measurement condition support added
- White point editing added – from current measurement, saved measurement, ICC profile, or custom
- Broadcast video standards support: NTSC, PAL SECAM, and ITU-R Rec.BT.709
- Improved CGATS reading module to accept additional file formats from other applications
- Improved handling for printer test chart measurement to accept test charts created from other applications like ProfileMaker
- Default patch size reduced to 7mm
- Two new measurement workflows added:
- Measure Chart – specify number of rows and columns
- Measure Reference Chart – import CGATS reference from ProfileMaker 5
- Improved CMYK+n profile generation
- Russian language support added
NEW i1Pro 2 Portfolio
Professional Color Management
The new standard of perfection for Color Perfectionists looking for an affordable, professional-level spectral color measurement solution offering display and projector profiling, monitor and print quality assurance and spot color measurement.
Professional Color Management for Photographers
The new standard of perfection for “Color Perfectionist” Photographers looking for perfectly accurate color the first time and every time. Quickly and easily create custom camera, monitor, projector and RGB printer profiles, ensuring the colors you capture, view and print are true.
Professional Color Management for Prepress, Photo and Imaging Pros
The new standard of perfection for “Color Perfectionist” imaging pros looking for the ultimate, professional-level ICC-profiling solution to organize and manage their complete RGB, CMYK and CMYK+ (CMYK plus any 4) color workflows, complete with quality assurance and control validation and verification functions.
i1Photo Pro 2 and i1Publish Pro 2 include i1Profiler software, an i1Pro 2 spectrophotometer, PANTONE Color Manager software, ColorChecker Proof target (for direct viewing analysis of ColorChecker target compared to customer’s printed target and for Optical Brightener Compensation (OBC) evaluation), mini ColorChecker Classic target, and ColorChecker camera calibration software. i1Publish (a standalone software package) includes all of the above except for the spectrophotometer.
Learn more about NEW i1PRO 2 solutions: CLICK HERE
Stay Tuned for More on the NEW i1Pro 2
Over the coming days we will begin to unpack some of the features of the hardware and software combination in more detail. So be sure to keep reading the X-Rite Photo blog to learn more. This is a good time to “Like” us on Facebook at X-Rite Photo and follow us @xritephoto on Twitter. You don’t want to miss a thing.
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