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By: Norman Tan [04.13.05]
Manufactured by: ColorVision 

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The Spyder2

The Spyder2 is a device that takes measurements of monitors and works with the Spyder2PRO software in order to help you build a profile for your monitor that is accurate. The bototm of it is removable which exposes a pair of suction cups. These suction cups allow it to work with CRT monitors while you would add the guard to use it with LCD monitors.

Sypder2PRO Profiling software and Usage

The bundled Spyder2PRO was very intuitive and took you through the various features of your monitor (such as contrast, brightness, RGB sliders, etc) in order to get an idea of what could be changed manually on your monitor. It was incredibly easy, but at the same time, gave users the power they needed. As shown here, one can choose various white balance points for their particular purpose.

The reason for that lies in the fact that monitor phosphors and printer inks reproduce color differently. While something may look white on a monitor, it may not come out white when printed thus it is important to choose a proper white balance. For those creating offset prints, 5000k is the standard. However, variables such as lighting can affect the color you see on a monitor. This has resulted in some people using 5500k or 6500k which are cooler (more blue).

After going through what I call the interview process, the program then asks you to subjectively adjust brightness and constrast to appropriate levels using a four panel gradient as reference. I must admit, I found this a little odd as it was just doing what the Adobe Gamma did. Later on, the Spyder2 did take measurements so I can only come to the conclusion that it was just to set a starting point.

From there, it was a matter of placing the Spyder2 device on the monitor and letting the program do its thing.

It typically took about 20-30 minutes to build a profile and when the monitor was calibrated, the software would show you before and after settings which was an eye opener. This was an eye opener especially for users of LCD monitors as they are generally too blue.

It should be mentioned that the software is capable of calibrating multiple monitors which isn't necessarily found in all software packages. One issue that did come up was when I first attempted to test it on two displays that were spanned. Instead of exiting gracefully and informing the user that the program was unable to calibrate a spanned display, it just died. This is something that should not be hard to work into future software revisions.

With the monitor calibrated, it's now time to calibrate the printer.

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