Calibration Software for Mac

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by fstigre, Aug 25, 2009.

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    fstigre

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    Hi,

    Is there any free monitor calibration software for mac?

    Thanks
     
  2. macrumors 68000

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    supercal
     
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    compuwar

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    Is there something you don't like about the one built into OSX?
     
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    michael.lauden

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    maybe he has a different monitor to plug in to? maybe his MBP isn't as accurate as other monitors?
     
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    fstigre

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    Well the reason I need to calibrate my monitor is because I'm constantly editing photos and I have heard that I need to calibrate my monitor to get better results when printing your photos.
     
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    compuwar

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    Yes, we get that, once again- is there something wrong with the calibration utility built into the OS?
     
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    No, but what if he/she doesn't want to use that or is looking for a different program that might be better. I have trouble with the mac osx one when trying to do it for externals. Try supercal.
     
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    Search amazon for Huey color calibrator.
    Hope this helps.
    Mb
     
  9. macrumors 68020

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    Forget about software calibration, you want a hardware calibration tool. Get a Color Spyder, Hueys have a history of pink problems. I got mine for $65, it's not expensive.
     
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    fstigre

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    Is Spyder good? Did you get good results?

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    Yes, it has had a very big impact and I have gotten far, far better results than with OS X' built-in software calibration. It actually measures the gamut (= the space of displayable colors) and particularly skin tones look very different after calibration.

    You can see the difference quite clearly between a notebook lcd and a decent flatscreen.

    My first-gen 2 GHz ProBook:
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    My old desktop lcd (a Samsung Syncmaster 213T):
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    maflynn

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    Sypder 3.0 pro is well received. I'd recommend using a hardware/software solution over just trying to manually calibrate the monitor, especially if you're trying to nail down color accuracy for your photos.
     
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    fstigre

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    Thank you very much! I will give it a try.
     
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    fstigre

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    maflynn,

    Wow! You stole my logo (the apple with the Ubuntu logo). I will show you the one I created which is the one I use in all the forums I go to, except this one, I'm not allow to use avatars.

    I can’t believe it, it’s nice.

    Here it is take a look

    Thanks
     
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    Definitely get a hardware calibrator like others have said. But DO NOT get the Huey, i bought one in Hong Kong, and the whites are pink(light pink). I got a replacement and the same thing ocurred. I finally bought a spyder pro 3, and extremely happy with it. You won't regret buying one!
     
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    fstigre

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    Is this the Spyder2express version?

    Thanks
     
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    Yea that is the spyder2 express price range. Just please do not get the Huey, or you will be sorry!
     
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    great results with the spyder 2 at my old job. speaking of which... i need to recalibrate, its about time..:D
     
  19. macrumors 6502a

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    hmmm i think I am due too! :)
     
  20. macrumors 68020

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    Yes, that's what I have. The software has an artificial limitation to only calibrate one screen, but you can easily circumvent that. By calibrating one screen at a time and renaming the profile after each calibration (both, file name and name of profile in ColorSync Utility).
     
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    Has anybody had any problems calibrating with the spyder 2 express on their MBP's? Whenever I tried to do mine in a very dark environment it always gave a nasty red/pink tint to it that was clearly visible?
     
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    fstigre

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    I hope I ordered the right one. This is the one I ordered last night, I hope it is no the one you are talking about (Huey).

    Thanks
     
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    Yup, it's the right one -- and the one I have.
     
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    fstigre

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    Now to have a better understanding of what I will be getting.

    1- Is this a piece of software that will be permanently connected to my monitor or can this be removed after calibration?

    2- Is this the same retailer you got it from? If yes, how fast was the shipping?

    Thanks
     
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    maflynn

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    I like mine better ;) Good work on your logo though it does look nice.
     

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