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In a message dated 7/1/00 1:16:11 AM, firstname.lastname@example.org writes: >But here goes ...What do you consider to be the best >software/hardware combination for profiling my Mac/Epson >3000/Coolscan LS-2000 that would be under $500? >I appreciate sarcasm in your replies as long as they contain kernels of wisdom. Sarcasm: gee, might as well ask what really fast, sexy sports car with good gas milage and excellent storage space you can get for under $500... Straight answer: Its a tight squeeze; there is only one product that will profile your whole system, including monitor, printer and a slide/film scanner for this price: Monaco's EZ Color... but you need a flatbed scanner to use it to profile your printers, and no system will profile for negatives, so you still need good conversion tables for them, such as you get with SilverFast. Or you could buy a monitor only calibration system like PhotoCal/MC7, and use DoctorPro to edit your way to good printer profiles without profile building software, though that would be a less common method to use. I would lean towards this scheme, because it would allow you to upgrade from PhotoCal to OptiCal affordably if you later find the need; and to add a profile creation utility later, maybe with a spectrophotometer instead of a flatbed to run it. Many users simply calibrate their monitors, and bring scans into line by brute force. Some kind of profile creation or editing capability for the printer is still needed, however, and the choice of stand alones, from my point of view, is between Horses MatchLock Profiler (I or II) and Horses MatchLock Doctor Pro, though both would serve a purpose in the long run. I'd still suggest starting with Doctor Pro, which is an amazing piece of software, and perhaps by the time you have money for further pruchases, Horses will have their spectro based profile creation program on the market. C. David Tobie Design Cooperative CDTobie@designcoop.com - Turn off HTML mail features. Keep quoted material short. Use accurate subject lines. http://www.leben.com/lists for list instructions.
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