i took the advice of everyone and bought a monitor calibrator last week. Made a big difference.
Anyway, I bought Monaco Optix Xr from Norman Camera for $180. I figured the free upgrade to OptixPro would be value added.
So, I loaded the program, calibrated my screen and dutifully looked for the right bar code to send in for the rebate. The barcode did not match so I called MAC group and told them what I was looking at and they said to send that in. Ok.
One week letter I get a letter with instructions for upgrading Optix to OptixPro. Sez. look for the "file" drop down in the top left corner of the main program screen.
I don't HAVE any commands along the top edge of my program screen. Just 4 icons, one each for profile monitor, profile scanner, profile printer and creat input profile. Huh?
So I put in a call again to Xrite. While I am waiting for the return call, I look on the site to see if there is a way to download OpixPro and simply plug in the activation code I received.
The program does not look like what I have. Beside, my software and book say EZColor. Wait. Oops. Look up Ezcolor. It is a different program.
Look up prices. EZColor is $500. OptixXr is $230. EZcolor profile all devices, OpixXR and OptixXRPro calibrates only the monitor.
Look at my box; it SEZ OptixXR and it looks just like the OptixXr box on the Xrite site. Look at the EzColor box; nope, not even close to what I have.
Did I just get a steal of a deal? The box was fully sealed; does Norman have a batch of mispackaged software? How can I make up a story like this?
#1. "RE: Did I get a steal on Monaco EZColor?" | In response to Reply # 0BJNicholls Charter MemberWed 02-Nov-05 11:54 PM
There are a couple of EZcolor packages. I used to run EZcolor but when Monaco/x-rite came out with the XR sensor, I went for OptixXR and not the EZcolor upgrade. EZColor profiles scanners (not very useful in my experience), cameras (pointless unless it's for specific color temperature lighting, and printer (using a flatbed scanner that's really not adequate for quality color profiling).
So you got a deal, but it's still a package that is best used for profiling your displays. But if you decide in the future to upgrade to a good print profiler like x-rite's Pulse ColorElite, EZColor probably get you a lower upgrade price.