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Review: MonacoOptixXR Pro Edition

(August 2005) posted on Fri Aug 05, 2005

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By Patricia Houston

The MonacoOPTIXXR Pro Edition monitor-calibration
system from X-Rite has been
tweaked several times since its debut in
late 2003 (it was the first product introduced
following the company's purchase of
Monaco). Two of the more recent enhancements
to the system, which comprises an
X-Rite colorimeter and Monaco profiling
software, have been the addition of a display-
stabilization feature for a more accurate
display measurement, and the addition
of languages including French, Italian, German,
Spanish, Chinese, and Japanese.

Beyond the unit's newer features,
X-Rite also has issued some special promotional
pricing on the MonacoOptixXR Pro
(as well as on the MonacoOptixXR standard
edition), which will be in effect through
the end of 2005.

Our production department recently
installed new Apple Power Mac G5s,
upgraded all our software, and added new
high-end monitors from LaCie at every
workstation. We had yet to integrate any
color-management systems into our
workflow with the new equipment. And
with the MonacoOptixXR modifications and
the new price points in place, it seemed to
be the perfect time to put a unit through
its paces and see what it could do.

Creating the default profile

The OptixXR Pro package is designed to
allow users to profile all displays/monitors
(LCDs as well as CRTs), ensure accurate
color reproduction from device to
device, ultimately match the colors of
images displayed on a monitor, and
match the end results output on a printer.

Installing OptixXR is a breeze. The system
requirements are a bit more liberal on
PC than on Mac, allowing anything from
Windows 98 to XP (Pentium PC or better), a
color monitor with 24-bit or greater video
card (with LUT support), 128MB system
RAM, and 64 MB free disk space. Dual monitor
support requires two or more video
cards (a Windows issue); single video cards
with dual monitor support cannot be handled
on the Windows platform. On the Macintosh
side, platform must be OS X 10.2 or
later to install the software, with a Power
Mac or better, 128 MB system RAM, and
64 MB free space; dual monitor support
requires only a single video card to perform.