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Old 10-21-2005, 01:49 PM   #1
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ColorVision has announced PrintFix Pro to be released in January 2006.

From their description:

"ColorVision PrintFIX PRO comes bundled with next generation spectro technology from Datacolor – the Datacolor 1005 Spectrocolorimeter, patch reading hardware and stand-alone software. The new software creates spectro printer profiles that support all RGB-driven inkjet, dye-sub, thermal, chemical and laser printers. PrintFIX PRO also affords users the flexibility and richer interface of a stand-alone software application. Spectro technology enables support of a wide range of media, especially third party fine art papers, third party inks, and an unlimited range of RGB-driven printers.

This unique new spectro-based printer-profiling tool was created by the successful marriage of Datacolor’s standards-setting industrial color instrumentation with the trademark ease and affordability of its award-winning ColorVision technology. The resulting hand held spectro is designed to meet the needs of discerning professionals as well as mid market enthusiasts – i.e., home hobbyists, graphic designers and amateur photographers as well as desktop specialists in a wide range of small business environments.

With quality enhancements that can only be considered revolutionary, the all-RGB product features exceptionally user-friendly tools. The PrintFIX PRO wizard guides the user through all the critical steps, including wizardassisted printer setup, with a richly defined and highly detailed interface. The interface’s plentiful help files maintain ease of use throughout the entire process for all user levels. For example, more advanced users can avail themselves of time saving short cuts that allow them to “skip to profiling process.” Intermediate users and beginners have the ability to go through all necessary learning and testing steps.

In order to build the most accurate and consistent profiles on multiple printers, inks, and papers, a patch reader is essential. The PrintFIX PRO patch reader leverages the patented LED-based Datacolor Spectrocolorimeter 1005 to precisely measure calibration targets and save the data in L*a*b format. It also offers optimized higher patch targets. With precision and ease of use, PrintFIX PRO delivers customized profiling choices according to specific user needs. Some targets can be read in slightly over two-minutes, while more critical use targets can be read in under four. PrintFIX PRO saves read times for the most demanding devices, reducing time requirements from two hours to under 20 minutes and making high patch profiles much more justifiable. The new 1005 Spectro is a native USB device, so there are fewer cables and no external power supply requirements PrintFIX PRO rests on a calibration base when not in use. The base incorporates a spring-loaded wheel containing the device’s calibration tiles – critical to maintaining instrument accuracy over time – ensuring they’re always on hand when needed."


There is also a pdf with additional info.


Here's a bit on the types available and pricing (from the pdf):


ColorVision® PrintFIX PRO™ –Will be available in stores January 2006. The product includes a Datacolor 1005 Spectrocolorimeter, patch reading hardware and stand-alone software. PrintFIX PRO has a US manufacturers’ suggested retail price of $549 and can be found for less at many resellers. System requirement include: PrintFIX PRO: OSX 10.2 or better, or Windows® 2000 or XP, 1024 x 768 or better color monitor. Sound card and internal or external speakers. Languages: English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Traditional and Simplified Chinese, Korean.


ColorVision® PrintFIX PRO™ Suite - utilizes the Universal ColorVision Software Interface, similar to Spyder2PRO and SpyderTV™, for seamless integration; ColorVision® Spyder2PRO™ hardware and software; a precise calibration system that color calibrates LCD, CRT and laptop monitors. PrintFIX PRO Suite has a US manufacturers’ suggested retail price of $659 and can be found for less at many resellers. System requirements include:
Spyder2PRO 2.0: OSX 10.2 or better, or Windows® 2000 or XP, 1024 x 768 or better color monitor. Languages: English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Traditional and Simplified Chinese, Korean.



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Old 10-21-2005, 04:00 PM   #2
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Is there any indication of which printers it will support when building profiles?

   
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Unless we use a lot of different papers or buy new printers all the time, doesn't it sound like it's a lot cheaper to buy a profile? This is pretty serious pricing.

   
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>>peter: I was bored as soon as I saw all the text - can u precis it in about 4 sentences

LOL!!! Basically...it's a new spectrocolorimeter, patch reading hardware and stand-alone software package for building paper profiles...

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>>mike: Is there any indication of which printers it will support when building profiles?

Haven't seen/read anything yet...my guess is that it will support at least the Epson 4000 and 4800, along with the other Epson wideformat printers...I'll keep an eye out and let you know what I find out...

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>>cristen: Unless we use a lot of different papers or buy new printers all the time, doesn't it sound like it's a lot cheaper to buy a profile? This is pretty serious pricing.

I've not checked prices recently on other profiling packages but from what I can remember it's competitive...

It's always been a tradeoff between cost of the package and how many papers you use (or printers you have)...the interesting thing I found with the custom profile I had made for the Hawk Mountain Art Papers Osprey Textured is that the profile also worked with other Hawk Mountain papers I use which made sense when I thought about it because they probably all have the same coating...

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Old 10-25-2005, 02:00 PM   #8
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For a package with a spectrophotometer it is indeed a good price. I will wait to see what people say after using it for awhile. It's darned hard to profile without a more sophisticated package than the ones I have. Why I'm ready to throw in the towel and buy profiles, but if a lot of people start saying it really does work, is easy, and you don't have to tweak and tweak and tweak to get it to work with your images, I might consider it. At least it seems worth keeping an eye on discussions.

   
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Old 10-26-2005, 01:04 PM   #9
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>>cristen: I will wait to see what people say after using it for awhile

Me too...'-}}

Given that I've not had to tweak anything with the custom profiles I had made, I think it's the spectrophotometer that makes allllll the difference...

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Has anyone had experience with the Monaco EZcolor for profiling printers?

http://shop.colourconfidence.com/pro...d=1308&xSec=95

   
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