The reasonably priced multifunctional spectrophotometer ColorMunki has been replaced by a similar looking instrument called i1 Studio, and enhanced with a series of new features and functions.
Investing in hardware and software for colour management really is a no-brainer since you should get your investment back quite rapidly by taking out the guesswork and avoiding expensive reprints. But professional software and hardware can mount up to quite a lot if you need to buy calibration tools for monitors, scanners, printers and projectors separately. The attraction with the X-Rite i1 Studio is that it’s a multifunction spectrophotometer to calibrate monitors, video projectors, scanners, digital cameras and a range of printers. Did we forget something? Oh yes – you can also colour calibrate your iPad and iPhone. And all this for the reasonable price of just over 400 EU ex VAT.
Ease of use and helpful interactive manual
Applied colour management never seems to get as easy as promised in the early days of modern colour management, when the ICC colour management technology was first introduced in the early 1990s. The theory then was that one click on a button would do the job. Now some 25 years later many designers and photographers still struggle to get full control of the colours. What you see on your screen is not always what you get out of your printer, or when printed by your print service provider for that matter.