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In a message dated 10/29/00 9:36:45 PM, firstname.lastname@example.org writes: >I appreciate David giving us this alert and that cautionary note. >But having read the 2.06 Update Notes I'm not feeling so good about >ColorVision/Datacolor. > >The 2.06 Update Notes announce "... a change in specification ..." >for Profiler RGB: "If you need to build CMYK profiles, you will have >to use a different ColorVision product." Some change in >specification. (Are the White House staff already migrating to the >dot.coms?) > >But this seemed not to affect me because months (that long!) ago, I >bought the different ColorVision product Profiler CMYK (and Doctor >Pro to go with it and Profiler RGB). > >The next sentence says, however, that "Profiler CMYK will not work >under Photoshop 6, and warns of this." So? So I got the wrong >"different ColorVision product". What's the right one? A $900 >ProfilerPro that needs a spectrophotometer to keep it happy? > >Or is this period, end of story? Change of title to "Stranded by >Horses and Abandoned by ColorVision"? Lets not get hysterical here... as I've mentioned before there are two intertwined issue here: Photoshop 6 compatability, and ProfilerRGB's capacity to build CMYK profiles. Photoshop 6 has eliminated chunks of code that Profiler software used in its CMYK process, and CMYK profiles will not be buildable under PS6 until this has been replaced. This is true for all versions: ProfilerRGB, ProfilerCMYK, and ProfilerPro. Until this has been dealt with no version of the Profiler software can build CMYK profiles using Phothshop6, but all work fine with Photoshop 5.x. So no one is pressuring you to buy ProfilerPro; continue to use the software you have, or upgrade to the new eeds and budget allow. Nobody owes you a free update to your previous version that is compatible with newer programs, and if they offer such an update with a reduced feature set, then that's not such a bad deal. Keep in mind that many of the users that are being offered free updates never bought *anything* from ColorVision, and have been upgraded for free already from Horses MatchLock Profiler I or II. ProfilerRGB is being simplified to truely be an RGB profiling package. Those users which have been using it to build very simple CMYK profiles (similar to the fixed setting profiles available from EZ Color or WiziWYG) have been advised by me from the start that its preferable to use ProfilerCMYK for this, as it has the necessary tools to do it right. Remember that unless you have a true CMYK RIP, then CMYK profiles are unusable; and if you have spent the money on a RIP it makes sende to get the control that RIP offers by having ink limit and balck generation controls, which ProfilerRGB does not have in its CMYK profiles. So, yes; one feature of limited value has been eliminated from updates of ProfilerRGB, in part due to changes in Photoshop 6. If this causes you to not have a warm fuzzy feeling about ColorVision, I think you are missing a lot of other factors... particularly as a ProfilerCMYK owner, who shouldn't have been bothering this this feature anyhow. 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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