Monaco today announced two new versions of its OPTIX monitor calibration package. Both appear to be based around a new-design colorimeter that is compatible both CRT and LCD displays; they differ only in software features and price.
For US$299 (suggested list price; includes a site license), the entry-level MonacoOPTIX XR offers user-definable profile white point selection, the ability to measure and adjust the white point, brightness and contrast of the monitor hardware (on monitors that allow for this), an adaptive brightness feature, multiple monitor calibration (for more than one monitor connected to the same computer) and more. In short, most of the key monitor calibration features are there, while many of the holes in the original OPTIX software seem to have been filled.
For US$429, MonacoOPTIX XR PRO adds monitor profile validation, luminance matching across a computer workgroup, calibration curve editing and other advanced features.
MonacoOPTIX XR and MonacoOPTIX XR PRO are the first products co-developed by X-Rite and Monaco since X-Rite acquired the colour management software company in July 2003. Both packages are compatible with Mac OS X 10.2 (and later), Windows 98SE, ME, 2000 and XP.