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By: Norman Tan [04.13.05]
Manufactured by: ColorVision 

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Though a monitor may be calibrated, it is also important to know how the inks in your printer show up on paper and this is where the Spectro comes in. The hardware itself was pretty standard, but I had to point this out as it seemed to be more complex then needed. Shown below it the connectors for the Spectro to the computer. There's the serial connector that connects to an adpater which then optionally connects to a serial to USB converter. This begs the question... why? It's been years since any computers have been released without a USB port and adopting that one standard would cut down on the number of parts in the package.

Now that that is out of the way, let's look at the software that the suite uses to build a printer profile. This consists of two components. Firstly, there is the Patch Reader program included with ProfilerPRO which allows you to take readings from the Spectro. As with the Spyder2PRO, it was easy to use and intuitive. One simply plugged in the device and did this following calibration with an included reference card.

You'd then print off a color chart and then take readings of ithe colors one by one. Users had the option of loading 27, 125, 150 or 729 patches. Obviously, the more readings you took, the more accuracy you would get at the expense of spending more time.

When the measurements were done, the program would create a text file that could be loaded into the ProfilerPro and a printer profile could be created which could then be loaded into a program such as Adobe Photoshop.

Alternately, the page could be scanned in and a profile built that way. However, the quality of scanners varies greatly and thus it is expected that the SpectroPRO would be a better way to go.

This wasn't the only way to calibrate your monitor though...

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