David Saffir: Datacolor Spyder4  Review (Pt. 1 of 3)
Jul 2012 06

The Datacolor Spyder4 series of display calibration devices have been released. There are three models: Spyder4EXPRESS, Spyder4PRO, and Spyder4ELITE. Spyder4EXPRESS is designed for photo enthusiasts, and offers automated color calibration at a very affordable price point. Spyder4PRO is intended for more advanced photographers, calibrates multiple monitors, and provides Monitor Quality Analysis (MQA) tools. Spyder4ELITE is designed for pro photographers and imaging pros, has advanced multiple display tuning, advanced MQA, advanced error reporting, and more.

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David Saffir: Datacolor Spyder4 Review: Software (Pt. 2 of 3)
Jul 2012 10

Spyder4ELITE software is unique – it operates in what Datacolor call “Step-by-Step Assistant mode (a type of Wizard), which consists largely of two series of functions, and in Expert Console mode, in which the software is highly customizable on one screen, and adaptable to a range of working situations. This article segment provides an introduction to some of the more important screens, and some new features, that you will see during the calibration and profiling of your display.

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David Saffir: Datacolor Spyder4 Review: Advanced Features of the Spyder4 Elite (Pt. 3 of 3)
Jul 2012 12

Overall, the Spyder4 Elite solution, and its companion MQA software, provide a diverse and flexible toolbox that can meet the needs of almost any professional involved in workplace color management. It’s well suited to a single-workstation or multi-workstation environment, and managing offsite assets as well.

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Photo Technique Magazine Covers Spyder4Elite In Detail
Jul 2012 13

The July/August issue of Photo Technique magazine features an article on monitor calibration by Steve Anchell. The intro to the article can be seen here. What doesn’t show outside the paywall is the wonderful walkthrough of Spyder4ELITE features which follows in the subscription-based article. For subscribers, please take a look at this excellent overview of Spyder4ELITE features and functionality.

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Gamut Graphing Differences Between Spyder3 and Spyder4
Aug 2012 09

Occasionally a Spyder owner will report that installing Spyder4, and recalibrating a display with it, produces a gamut graph on the last screen of the application that shows a smaller gamut than previous Spyder3 profiles for that screen show. This causes some concern about the “lost gamut” which this seems to imply.

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David Saffir: Frequently Asked Questions About Display Calibration from Photoshop World West 2012
Sep 2012 18

I recently spent several days working with photographers on color management issues at Photoshop World West in Las Vegas, I thought it would be a good idea to pick a few of the most frequently heard issues and try to address them here:

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Datacolor Introduces SpyderCAPTURE PRO
Sep 2012 19

Photographers have long understood that the most important element in controlling their color is display calibration. And those that are serious about making their own prints also understand the value of custom printer profiles in getting the best results and reducing trial-and-error test prints. But many photographers are only recently becoming aware of capture calibration.  Datacolor’s new SpyderCAPTURE PRO product is designed with this new interest in capture calibration in mind.

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Webinar: Introduction to Color Management Using Spyder Technology
Sep 2012 21

Videos now available! Watch as Datacolor Color Management Experts, David Tobie and David Saffir explain the ins and outs of color management and how to get the most out of your images. An interactive Q&A will took place throughout the webinar to answer any questions.

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Webinar: Calibration for All of Your Display Devices: including iPhones, iPads & More
Oct 2012 08

Join us Tuesday, October 16th from 3PM-4PM EDT, as Datacolor Color Management Experts, David Tobie and David Saffir discuss the issues photographers encounter when calibrating displays for use in photo studios and related workspaces. Some issues to be discussed include: accurate color calibration, ambient light and studio setup issues, studio calibration standards, and side-by-side tuning of displays for visual matching.

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CD Tobie: SpyderTune: Spyder4ELITE’s Secret Weapon
Nov 2012 20

The launch of Spyder4ELITE earlier this year brought a new tool to display calibration and the digital color workflow: SpyderTune. This feature is easy to overlook when running Spyder4ELITE, as it is not part of the wizard workflow. It only appears as an alternate tab in the SpyderProof window, where the results of your calibration are displayed. Choosing this alternate tab brings up the SpyderProof test image set on all connected displays, with a new set of controls on the right.

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