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ColorVision Spyder2Pro
by Datacolor
Monitor Calibration
December 17, 2006
Spyder2PRO Introduction What's In The Box / Closer Look
Spyder2PRO Monitor Calibration Monitor Calibration (Part 2) Monitor Calibration (Part 3)
Spyder2PRO PrintFIX PLUS Spyder2PRO Specifications Spyder2PRO Conclusion



ColorVision Spyder2Pro
Dynamic Range: Black point: 0.02 cd/m2
Dynamic Range: White point: > 5,000 cd/m2
Interface: USB data and power supply
Weight: 175g (6.1 oz) (including counterweight, LCD baffle, and USB cable)
Warranty: 2-year hardware warranty
MSRP: $279.00 | Click For Best Price
Installing the Spyder2PRO software contains the usual (although necessary) amount of steps when installing any type of software. You can choose where you would like Spyder2PRO to install itself. I chose the default setting. Installation only takes a few minutes, but I did notice a screen come up, warning me I had Adobe Gamma or something similar in my Startup Items, and proceeds to inform you these gamma settings could interfere with Spyder2PRO. The GretagMacbeth Eye-One Display 2 calibration process never displayed this information, so whether or not Adobe Gamma actually will interfere with your monitor's calibration settings, is not completely known.

Pre-Calibration: The Gamma Conflict

Note the Gamma information window which pops up during your initial installation of Spyder2PRO software. This window pops up because you have an Adobe Service running, called Adobe Gamma.

Spyder2Pro Senses Adobe Gamma

Pre-Calibration: Removing Adobe Gamma

If you're going to purchase a calibration system, there's no need to have Adobe Gamma load up when Windows starts. Below is a screenshot of where Adobe Gamma is located. Now, you can delete the files altogether, or, what I suggest, is typing msconfig (which allows you to uncheck particular programs which run in the background and don't necessarily show up in your Task Manager) in your Windows Menu (START --> RUN).

Removing Adobe Gamma

Beginning Calibration

Now that we've taken Adobe Gamma out of the picture, it's time to calibrate. The following screen informs you of what is about to occur, which is, the adjustment of your gamma, color temperature, and luminance.

Spyder2Pro Senses Adobe Gamma

Select Your Display Type

Now it's time to select your type of display.

Spyder2PRO - Selecting Target Hardware

Select Your Target

Now it's time to select your target values. The most common and standard, is choosing a gamma of 2.2, and a color temperature of 6500K.

Spyder2PRO - Selecting Target Hardware

You might notice a button on the screen labeled New, which enables users to create an entirely new gamma and color temp of their choosing. For most users, you will not need to make any adjustments here, but we'll go over it to let you know what it consists of.


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