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basICColor display 4 now shipping  
Thursday, February 16, 2006 | by Rob Galbraith

Color Solutions is now shipping basICColor display 4 for Windows and Mac. The new version of the monitor calibration software that's a cult favourite among serious colour geeks is considerably reworked from v3.x, sporting a new user interface, revamped algorithms for promised improved profile quality, a dedicated sRGB calibration mode and other feature enhancements. As before, it also supports a wide range of calibration instruments from GretagMacbeth, X-Rite and others.

Previous versions of basICColor display have been equal parts frustration and joy, owing to the sometimes maddening process of working around software bugs in the hopes of creating what was often a superb-quality monitor profile. We hope this package's legacy of quirkiness is over with v4, as it could provide an interesting alternative to mainstream monitor calibration packages for photographers wanting maximum control over the monitor calibration process.

A single license of basICColor display 4 purchased direct from Color Solutions in Germany is 100 (purchase options don't appear to include credit card). The software can be downloaded from the Color Solutions web site, and a 14-day machine-specific demo license issued (a free customer account must be created first). There is also a list of email addresses of Color Solutions dealers in the USA, Europe and a select few other locations.

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basICColor display 4

An email sent out to prospective purchasers by Color Solutions this past week contained the following information on the new software:

The application has been designed from scratch and offers a considerably easier to use UI, higher calibration quality, smaller but preciser monitor profiles and more features than previous versions and than any other product in the market.

Key Features:

- Software for calibrating and profiling all kinds of monitors (CRT, LCD, Notebooks) and projectors
- fully automatic hardware calibration for suited monitors (momentarily NEC SpectraView and Quato, EIZO will follow soon)
- instrumented calibration for all other monitors
- v2 or v4 profiles, 16-bit LUT-based or matrix profiles 
- visually linear L* calibration (as you expected from basICColor), Gamma calibration
NEW: true sRGB calibration curve for web design and video applications
- lets you define calibration parameters not only for white luminance but also for black luminance and/or contrast
- lets you edit white point and gradation and save the edited calibration in the profile
- lets you measure and assess ambient light and viewing booths (with suited instrument)
- supports all instruments of adequate quality 
- validation of profiling results
- predefined settings for easier handling
- lets you define and save your own calibration and profiling settings
- for Windows XP or 2000, Mac OS X 10.3 and higher

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