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X-Rite announces ColorMunki colour management suite  
Monday, March 17, 2008 | by Rob Galbraith
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Colour Me Simple: The X-Rite ColorMunki spectrophotometer (Photo courtesy X-Rite)
X-Rite has today announced ColorMunki, a new colour management suite targeted at photographers and designers who want to be able to profile their own monitors and printers, but who also want the process to be simpler and more affordable than other X-Rite options.

The ColorMunki suite is comprised of three packages: ColorMunki Create, ColorMunki Design and ColorMunki Photo.

ColorMunki Create has a manufacturer's suggested list price (MSRP) of US$149, includes the same colorimeter as is found in Eye-One Display, is for creating monitor profiles only and offers only a handful of presets, there are no mix-and-match profiling options.

ColorMunki Photo and ColorMunki Design both have an MSRP of US$499, are nearly identical in features and are centred around a newly-developed ColorMunki spectrophotometer that is capable of measuring monitors, digital projectors and printed output. The included software can make monitor profiles for displays and projectors (the ColorMunki device's industrial design makes it particularly simple to set up for projector measurement) as well as RGB and CMYK printers (a total of 100 patches are measured, 50 per target page).

The notable differences between the Photo and Design variants are these:
  • Photo includes a Digital Pouch application for sending to clients, along with submitted photos, that will advise them about colour management setup or settings problems on their system that might prevent them from viewing your photos accurately.

  • Photo includes the ability to optimize the printer profile for a given photo or photo type, such as black and white, whereas Design offers spot colour optimization instead.

  • The ColorMunki device included with Photo is black; with Design, it's white. The device itself, a UV-cut, LED-based spectrophotometer, is otherwise the same.
Licensing for all three ColorMunki suites is limited to three computers at a single location. ColorMunki Photo and Design are to ship later this month. X-Rite's Eye-One line continues, and offers additional functionality that isn't available from ColorMunki, including profile editing and digital camera and scanner profiling.

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