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In a message dated 10/27/00 1:40:35 PM, firstname.lastname@example.org writes: >> Okay, used to be that monitor calibration choices were between big, solid, > >> expensive stuff like the DTP-92 (I can remember when that one cost a > >thousand > >> bucks) and small, cheap stuff like the Chroma4, which looks like it came > >as > >> the prize in a CrackerJack box, and has a bad habit of leaving its suction > >> cups on the screen. > ><snip> > > > >Is the 'Chroma4' the same as the ColorBlind puck? > Yes, last time I checked ProveIt, EZ Color, and WiziWYG all used the Chroma4, due to it being the most affordable puck available for OEM resellers. Its small, thin, and black... more or less triangular with three suction cups, and an oval name sticker. > >> Enter the Monitor Spyder. This device is solid, effective, fast, the >specs > >> rival anything on the market... and its a great looking substantial piece > >of > >> equipment, actually much more impressive to have around the office that > >the > >> more expensive pucks. And it costs less than a Chroma4. And it runs > >OptiCal > >> and PhotoCal, which are the preferred software of most all us color > >geeks... > >> End of story. > > > >This sort of inside information is priceless to a colour management beginner > >buying this stuff without being able to see & handle the hardware. Well, its inside to the degree that I got about the 25th Spyder made, and have been playing with it for a while now, but there should be producton quantities available at PhotoExpo in New York at the beginnning of the month. I'm pleased to say that the suction cups stay attached to the frame, the frame stays attached to the body, the USB cable is extra long, and the whole physical situation seems to be fine. The specs also look great, but they will need to test more units before the statistical averages are official. Looks so far as though it should compare nicely to the X-Rite Monitor Optimizer/DTP92 at a fraction of the price. 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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