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GretagMacbeth posts Eye-One Match 3.2a, ships revised Eye-One Pro  
Thursday, May 12, 2005 | by Rob Galbraith

GretagMacbeth today has posted v3.2a of the Eye-One Match software for Mac and Windows that ships with its various Eye-One colour management packages.

The new release comes quick on the heels of v3.2, which was posted earlier this week. The only difference between v3.2 and 3.2a is the addition of an Advanced mode in the new Digital Camera profiling module in the software.

The Advanced mode planned for 3.2 was removed at the last minute while a licensing problem was being sorted out. That problem has been resolved more quickly than anticipated, says GretagMacbeth's Thomas Kunz, and the Advanced mode is therefore back in as of v3.2a.

The Digital Camera profiling module is the main new feature in v3.2/3.2a. If you bought Eye-One Photo or Eye-One XT on or after December 15, 2004, then the Digital Camera module is a no-charge upgrade. And in most cases the Eye-One Pro device will already be licensed internally for the Digital Camera module if purchased after about mid-December of last year, says GretagMacbeth's Liz Quinlisk.

If you purchased Eye-One Photo or Eye-One XT on or after December 15, 2004, but the Digital Camera module is disabled in v3.2a, you'll need to contact GretagMacbeth directly for the appropriate license code. Owners of an Eye-One system package (one that includes an Eye-One Pro spectrophotometer) that made the purchase before December 15, 2004 are not eligible for a free upgrade, but can purchase a license code that will enable the Digital Camera module.

This module upgrade has a list price of US$295, and that's expected to also be the selling price at GretagMacbeth's online store (other retailers will likely sell this module for somewhat less than that). As of this writing, the Digital Camera module hasn't been added to the list of upgrades available for purchase from the GretagMacbeth site, though that's expected to happen soon.

Armed with an enabled Digital Camera module, you'll have half of what you need to build a camera profile with Eye-One Match 3.2a. The other half is a 140-patch GretagMacbeth ColorChecker SG target, which can be purchased separately or as part of a new Eye-One Photo SG bundle. When purchased separately, this target sells for between about US$260-US$295 at several U.S. online retailers we surveyed.

Screenshots showing some of the steps involved in building a camera profile are shown below:

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Selecting Advanced mode in the Digital Camera module of Eye-One Match 3.2a

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Cropping the ColorChecker SG target photo

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Fine-tuning profile brightness and contrast

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Fine-tuning profile saturation

Other changes in v3.2/3.2a include direct control of the Eizo CG18, CG19, CG21 and LaCie electron22blueIV monitors during calibration and profiling. More information on the v3.2a update is in the Read Me (excerpted below). The software for Windows and Mac is a free download from the GretagMacbeth web site.

A simple profile editing module is also in the works, and is now slated for release in July 2005. It will be a free upgrade for those who purchased Eye-One Photo, Eye-One Proof or Eye-One XT on or after December 15, 2004.

In addition, GretagMacbeth recently began shipping a revised version of the Eye-One Pro spectrophotometer inside Eye-One system packages. The REV B Eye-One Pro, which replaces its REV A predecessor, offers double the measurement speed of the already-quick REV A model and incorporates teflon-coated feet for smoother transport across the included scanning ruler. (A sticker between the unit's feet notes the revision code for that unit.)

Eye-One Match 3.2a Read Me 

Release notes for Eye-One Match 3.2

1. System requirements
2. What’s new in Eye-One Match 3.2?

1. System requirements

Windows
• Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows 2003 Server
• 128 MB of available RAM
• 80 MB of available hard-disk space
• Monitor resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels or higher
• USB support

Macintosh
• Mac OS X (10.2 or higher)
• 128 MB of available RAM
• 80 MB of available hard-disk space
• Monitor resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels or higher
• USB support

Eye-One Match 3 runs only on Mac OSX!
On our webpage (http://www.i1color.com or http://www.gretagmacbeth.com) we provide an older version of Eye-One Match 3.01 for downloading running only under Mac OS 9.2


2.What’s new in Eye-One Match 3.2?

Digital Camera Wizard
• New digital camera wizard added. Please use the ColorChecker SG test chart to create a digital camera profile.

Scanner Wizard
• Optical Beep - In addition to the beep of the computer, we added an optical beep, which indicates when you can start with you scan measurement. (The screen flashes as soon as you click the measurement button.)
• "how to use the ruler" video

Printer Wizard
• Optical Beep - In addition to the beep of the computer, we added an optical beep, that indicates you when you can start with you scan measurement. (The screen flashes as soon as you click the measurement button.)
• "how to use the ruler" video

Monitor Wizard
• Pushbutton calibration support added
  Supported monitors
   - Eizo CG 18, 19, 21
   - LaCie electron22blueIV
   "pushbutton_monitor.pdf". You will find additional information and FAQ's in this document.

General
• Improved patch recognition
• New device SDK
• Minor bug fixes
• ICC profiles are now stored in the computer library under MAC OS X. If the user does not have the correct permissions (write), the profiles are stored in the user library.


Known issues:
• i1 Easy CMYK profiling: It might be possible that you receive a small magenta or cyan cast where you normally expect paper white. This problem will be fixed in the next version of Eye-One Match.
• Slow automatic monitor calibration detection on some hardware configurations. This issue will be fixed in the next version of Eye-One Match.

Revision History
• Added information about the new Eye-One Photo SG bundle (May 20, 2005)

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