Musings on color management, CHROMiX products and services and other relevant topics.

Friday, April 30, 2010

Barbieri comes out with a spectro with a polarizing filter

Starting May 1, 2010 Barbieri releases a new Spectrophotometer called the Spectro LFP Series 3 - which among other things can measure profiling targets using a polarizing filter. We have not seen a device with a polarizing filter since the SpectraScans were discontinued by X-Rite. At $8000, I'm not suggesting that everyone run out and buy one, but if you make printer profiles for media that has flat or bumpy surfaces like canvas or other fabrics - this will get you the shadow detail in your profiles that you won't get any other way.

It's great to see a currently-produced product, that is compatible with today's operating systems, that can take polarized measurements.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Curve 2.0.3 update released

We've just released an update to Curve2. Version 2.0.3 addresses some issues we found after shipping 2.0:

  • fixes problems with printing on Windows
  • tweaks to the gray balance algorithm
  • gray balancing systems that are way off balance will work much better in the first iteration
  • the Printing Guide has some corrections
  • numerous smaller tweaks and suggestions from helpful Curve2 users
Of course, full details can be found in the ReadMe file included with the download.

As always, please let us know how it goes and use Curve2's built-in feedback system to let us know if there's a problem or you have questions / suggestions.

Friday, April 9, 2010

iPhone 4.0 supports ICC profiles...

It looks like the newly-announced iPhone SDK 4.0 will support ICC profiles in some manner.

Thanks to Ray Maxwell for pointing this out. Check out this link. Look in the bottom left corner of the image for the words "ICC Profiles".

Any more information is not available at this time due to the non-disclosure secrecy surrounding the SDK.

If we told you, we'd have to kill you (or, worse, take away your iPad!).

It's good news for the fledgling platform. We will let you know more when we are able.