by Mike McNamee Published 01/04/2011
For the real colour geeks X-Rite has their new profiling software (in beta form) operating. This looks to be an interesting development, in an area that has been static for some time. New mathematics is reputed to improve the quality of the profiles, the system now also validates the output and you can use your own or adapted targets. An adapted target may be made to bias the profile to favour particular parts of a scene (eg important fabrics or products). We look forward to having a play with it. Colour Confidence were also busy showing their new Hanvon graphics tablet.
One thing that really impressed was a new Photoshop plug-in being marketed by Fotospeed. It consists of a rapid series of up to 10 adjustments, which give good images that 'lift' to make them special. The changes has a subtlety about them which makes the software more, rather than less, attractive and it was certainly quick to use. Batch processing is also possible by building the plug-in to a Photoshop action. The software will take a good looking at some time in the future but the initial impression was very favourable.
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