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Getting the most out of your display calibrator

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Do you own a monitor calibration device? Ever wonder if you could do better than the manufacturer's software that spits out a profile with 30 test patches in 5 minutes? Want to do it in Linux, Mac OS X, and Windows? Think I should stop asking questions? Well enter Argyll CMS.

Argyll is an incredibly powerful open-source colour management suite. I'm not going to explain why having a well-profiled monitor is essential to photographers, graphic artists, video editors, and for all sorts of other things. Chances are, if you've paid for a colour calibrator, you already understand how important profiling is. If you own one of the devices listed here, you can use Argyll instead of the manufacturer's software to generate an ICC profile for your monitor.

Why not use the supplied software? A number of reasons: you've lost the serial number for the software or you got it off eBay without the number, you want finer control over profile generation, you want a more accurate profile, and the reason I use Argyll  the software that came with my Spyder2 was the express version and ColorVision wanted to charge me extra to set my own gamma and temperature.

Reasons you may want to stick to the supplied software: You're in a great hurry, or the thought of having to work on a command line makes you faint.

If you're still conscious and reading, let's get started.
 
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gmoon4 years ago
This is very interesting indeed. I have a Spyder2 (and the pro software version), but I've never been happy with the interface or the options. I'm using a 26 in. Doublesight S-IPS monitor. I think I'll try it... (I'll get back to ya.)
Ro]x[as (author)  gmoon4 years ago
You might want to give this a quick look over before you start; the Spyder2 needs to have firmware extracted from the install cd to work. Good luck, and if you have any questions, I'll do what I can to help.
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