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ColorVision and Pantone ColorPlus for $99

Mon, 05 Apr 2004 07:53:16 Z

ColorVision and Pantone have today announced ColorPlus, the newest addition to the PANTONE(R) COLORVISION(R) product line. ColorPlus is an affordable monitor calibration tool for consumers and photo hobbyists that calibrates a monitor to produce stunning photos in a few easy steps. ColorPlus by PANTONE COLORVISION comes bundled with Adobe Photoshop Album Starter Edition and is available immediately in the U.S. for an estimated street price of $99. Press Release: ColorVision and Pantone Ship ColorPlus; Offer Consumers Easy, Reliable Monitor Calibration for Under $100 Produce Stunning Photos Using the Tools Professionals Rely on for Color Accuracy ColorVision, Inc., the recognized leader in affordable digital color management, and Pantone, Inc., the global authority on color, today announced ColorPlus(TM), the newest addition to the PANTONE(R) COLORVISION(R) product line. ColorPlus is an affordable monitor calibration tool for consumers and photo hobbyists that calibrates a monitor to produce stunning photos in a few easy steps. According to Lyra Research of Massachusetts, one in four U.S. households owned a digital camera in 2003. Additionally, 73 billion digital pictures were saved to computer hard drives worldwide in 2003. That figure is expected to grow to 170 billion by 2007. Professionals know that digital devices, including cameras, monitors and printers, reproduce color differently. The most common cause of disappointment with digital photographs, on screen and in print, comes from an uncalibrated monitor. This is because monitor performance changes over time as luminance degrades and phosphors age. Knowing this, professionals calibrate their monitors at least once a month. "Digital camera sales have exploded over the past few years and this strong growth is expected to continue," said Ed Lee, director, Digital Photography Advisory Service for Lyra Research. "As consumers become more comfortable with the technology, they will begin to focus on the quality and how they can create better and better prints. Interest in tools that help consumers get better results from their digital pictures is going to be one of the next growth areas in this market." ColorPlus is a Windows(R)-compatible hardware color sensor that corrects CRT, LCD and notebook monitors for accurate, reliable and consistent color -- day-to-day and image-to-image -- so that colors look their best and brightest. It produces a wider range of colors, better flesh tones, more defined shadows and realistic highlights. Users save time, ink and paper by printing their photos right the first time with less trial and error. With ColorPlus, consumers can now use the same tools as the pros to make their images studio quality. The ColorPlus sensor connects to a computer using USB and is then attached to a CRT/LCD monitor during the calibration process. The device is driven by an intuitive software interface that guides users in balancing the screen colors and setting the gamma, whitepoint and luminance targets to industry standards in a few simple steps. The results are accurate, consistent display colors that better match the color output capabilities of today's photo printers. "Professionals have been calibrating their monitors to create predictable, repeatable results for years, yet the cost of calibration hardware was restrictive," said Richard Herbert, president of Pantone. "Pantone and ColorVision have already made monitor calibration more affordable for prosumers and professionals. Now with ColorPlus, consumers can h[...]



ColorVision SpyderPRO and PrintFIX bundle

Tue, 10 Feb 2004 22:28:32 Z

Pre-PMA 2004: ColorVision has today announced up to 30% reductions and better on the award winning, state-of-the-art color management systems. The introduction of the SpyderPRO+PrintFIX(TM) bundle, a $578 retail value offered at $449 meets the industry demand for an affordable integrated hardware/ software solution from monitor calibration to printer profiling. "Spyder(TM) product suites are cost-efficient, intuitive add-ons that color correct monitors and printers, saving time, ink and paper, creating great looking out-put," remarks ColorVision's Vice President, Brian Levey. Press Release: ColorVision's Affordable Pricing Brings State of the Art Color Management Products toward a Mass-Market Standard; Showcased at PMA Las Vegas - Booth Q100 LAWRENCEVILLE, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 10, 2004--ColorVision Inc., a Datacolor company announces up to 30% reductions and better on the award winning, state-of-the-art color management systems for photography, design, desktop and pre-press professionals. The critically acclaimed ColorVision(R) SpyderPRO(TM), a precise calibration system for LCD and CRT monitors and the newly upgraded PrintFIX(TM), an integrated hardware/ software solution that delivers accurate inkjet printer profiles, have received enthusiastic endorsements from industry and user experts alike. The introduction of the SpyderPRO+PrintFIX(TM) bundle, a $578 retail value offered at $449 meets the industry demand for an affordable integrated hardware/ software solution from monitor calibration to printer profiling. "Spyder(TM) product suites are cost-efficient, intuitive add-ons that color correct monitors and printers, saving time, ink and paper, creating great looking out-put," remarks ColorVision's Vice President, Brian Levey. "We know the demand is there, our sales increased exponentially every month last year. Our new pricing and technology captures a consumer market, previously driven by professionals, alone. Levey continues "SPYDER suite products start at $169, an exceptional value that offers the accuracy and features of much higher priced competitive products. The affordable investment is easily offset by the reduction in wasted time trying to color correct images on an un-calibrated display." ColorVision offers affordable color matching tools for the professional to the enthusiast user, putting control of the digital darkroom in the hands of the creator. SPYDER is a monitor calibration tool for the hobbyist, serious amateur or desktop designer and highly desirable for anyone working with digital images for $169(*), and can be found for less at most resellers. SPYDERPRO is the monitor calibration package for the advanced hobbyist as well as the professional's choice for $249, and can be found for less at most resellers. PRINTFIX is for professional quality prints. This software/ hardware solution works within Adobe Photoshop and Photoshop Elements for $329(*), and can be found for less at most resellers. SPYDERPRO+PRINTFIX is a value-added suite that includes FREE DOCTORPRO(TM) for $449(*), and can be found for less at most resellers. (*) Includes FREE Adobe Photoshop Album Click here for ColorVison[...]



Colorvision PrintFIX - and a great deal

Tue, 17 Jun 2003 16:38:22 Z

ColorVision Inc. has today announced the latest in their line of color calibration products. The PrintFIX hardware and software combination offer a very affordable method for profiling your printer (at first Epson inkjets) allowing you to produce far more accurate print color. This product is also especially useful for users of high end Epson Stylus Photo printers using third party papers. We have managed to arrange for a special deal price of $299 for PrintFIX ($352 SRP) and $499 for a Spyder and PrintFIX suite pack ($587 SRP, $704 total if bought individually). Click here to visit the Colorvision Store (you must click on this link to get preferential dpreview prices) Press Release: PANTONE AND COLORVISION UNVEIL PRINTFIX™, AN AFFORDABLE SOLUTION FOR PROFESSIONAL QUALITY DIGITAL PRINTS CARLSTADT, N.J. and LAWRENCEVILLE, N.J. - June 11, 2003 - Pantone, Inc. and ColorVision Inc., a Datacolor company, today announced PrintFIX, an integrated hardware/software solution that delivers accurate printer profiles for outstanding photographic inkjet prints. PrintFIX is the latest addition to the award-winning PANTONE COLORVISION™ line of accurate and affordable color control solutions for photo, design and prepress applications. PrintFIX offers a user-friendly solution for amateur and professional photographers, and graphic and fine artists who are frustrated by prints that do not match their monitors, and who do not wish to invest in expensive, comprehensive color management solutions. PrintFIX is particularly applicable to anyone who prints on a variety of inkjet paper stocks from different manufacturers and wants to maintain color accuracy and consistency from the monitor to printer to produce professional quality digital prints. The initial release of PrintFIX will support the majority of Epson's inkjet printers, with new models and manufacturers being added continuously. As a plug-in for Adobe® Photoshop® or Adobe Photoshop Elements, PrintFIX prints a calibration chart - a series of color patches - that are read back into the computer with the USB PrintFIX Patch Reader. Within minutes, the PrintFIX software creates an ICC profile of the printer's color behavior on specific inkjet paper, creating a high quality print that matches what is seen on the monitor. "PrintFIX was developed in response to a critical need expressed by our customers," explained Brian Levey, vice president of ColorVision. "Specifically, 'How can I get my prints to match what I see on my screen without being a color guru or breaking the bank?' PrintFIX provides an affordable way for users to get professional quality prints. The savings gained from avoiding the waste of time, paper and inks involved in the usual trial and error of matching quickly pays for the product." "PrintFIX is a breakthrough in the price/performance ratio in color management," said Richard Herbert, president of Pantone. "This is the first time an affordable integrated hardware/software solution has been provided for printer profiling. PrintFIX is an exciting addition to the growing PANTONE COLORVISION product line." Pricing and Availability PrintFIX has a suggested retail price of $352. PrintFIX is currently available for most EPSON® photo printers, with new models and manufacturers being added continuously. New printer-specific calibration charts may be downloaded as they become available at www.colorvision.com/support.html. Pantone and ColorVision offer free telephone support and free software upgrades as new versions are released. PrintFIX is also available bundled with SpyderPRO™ with OptiCAL™, the professional's choice for monitor calibration, now with a three-user license, a $704 value, specially offered at $587. PANTONE COLORVISION products are available f[...]



ColorVision, Asian Versions of Spyder with OptiCAL

Fri, 07 Mar 2003 21:36:31 Z

ColorVision has released Japanese and Chinese versions of the Spyder with OptiCAL product for monitor calibration. The software is available as a free download to users that have a serial number for previous versions of the OptiCAL software and began shipping on March 2. The product combines the Spyder, an all-digital, seven-filter colorimeter that works with both LCD and CRT displays with the OptiCAL software. The Spyder with OptiCAL calibrates monitors to a universal standard for color and automatically creates a correct monitor profile. The end result is a monitor that displays accurate color and lets users trust what they see on their display. The Spyder is a USB device and works on both Windows (98,ME,2000,XP) and Mac (OS 9x, OSX 10.1 or better) platforms. Click here for preferred pricing on Spyder Products for DPReview Visitors Click here for our previous review of the ColorVision Spyder Press Release: COLORVISION™ AND PANTONE® ANNOUNCE THE JAPANESE AND CHINESE VERSIONS OF THE SPYDER™ WITH OPTICAL™ THE NEWEST MEMBER OF THE PANTONE®COLORVISION™ PRODUCT LINE UNVEILED AT PMA 2003 LAS VEGAS, PMA SHOW, Booth #C-206 - MARCH 1, 2003 - ColorVision, Inc., a Datacolor company and Pantone, Inc. today announced the addition of Chinese and Japanese translations of Spyder with OptiCAL to the award-winning PANTONE COLORVISION family of products. Targeted to color professionals, the Spyder with OptiCAL offers an affordable and accurate solution for monitor calibration.   The Spyder, which is designed and manufactured by ColorVision, calibrates both CRT/LCD monitors (protected by two issued and four pending patents) with its seven-filter color sensor. The Spyder more closely matches the human eye response than conventional colorimeters, resulting in a highly accurate monitor calibration. With the widespread conversion to digital, the OptiCAL software has become the product of choice for professional and advanced amateurs. OptiCAL is very easy to use and includes a portfolio of advanced features for adjusting calibration parameters for a single monitor or calibrating multiple monitors to a common standard. These tools include a wide choice of gamma and color temperature targets, curve manipulation, precision and expert control modes, and information windows. Calibrating monitors in a digital darkroom, studio, an entire design office or agency the Spyder with OptiCAL ensures everyone can trust what they see on their screens. "Japan and Taiwan are our key Asian markets for this product, hence the Japanese and Chinese translations. We have a loyal and growing customer base in Asia including Korea, Hong Kong, Singapore and Thailand, but feel there is untapped potential in Japan and Taiwan, as they are the leading sources for digital imaging products," said ColorVision's Vice-President, Brian Levey. "We think the localized versions of our flagship product - the Spyder with OptiCAL - are uniquely positioned to satisfy this need." "We are excited to bring our color expertise to a larger Asian market with the introduction of these new versions of Spyder with OptiCAL," said Richard Herbert, president of Pantone. "It has always been our mission to make accurate color efficient and accessible to professionals worldwide. Now a wider audience can benefit from the quality results and benefits of the PANTONE COLORVISION prod[...]



ColorVision Spyder Promotion

Mon, 25 Nov 2002 16:36:50 Z

DPReview and ColorVision have come together to offer our visitors a very special offer. Under a special promotion we are able to offer a 20% discount on the excellent ColorVision Monitor Spyder with PhotoCal or OptiCal software. This new Spyder can now be used on both CRT and LCD displays (Laptop or Desktop) and will ensure that your display is accurately calibrated and profiled so that you get optimum colour. There's nothing worse in the digital darkroom than a badly setup monitor, the Spyder with PhotoCal or Optical will ensure you get the most accurate colour from your display. (This article is a friendly reminder that this promotion ends September 30) NOTE: The products here are the newer CRT+LCD Spyder, not the older CRT only Spyder. Click here to get this 20% discount on the ColorVision Spyder products (orders help support this site) Press Release: DPReview and ColorVision Join to Offer Spyder™ Promotion for Monitor Calibration - An Essential Tool for Digital Photographers DPReview and ColorVision, a division of Datacolor, today announced a special promotion for the Spyder - a state-of-the-art sensor that calibrates both CRT and LCD monitors to display accurate color. Working in partnership with DPReview, ColorVision is offering DPReview visitors a 20% discount on its two most popular Spyder monitor calibration products (click here). Both packages include the award-winning Spyder, an all-digital, seven-filter colorimeter that works with both CRT and LCD monitors. The Spyder calibrates your monitor to a universal standard for color and automatically creates a correct monitor profile. The end result - a monitor that displays accurate color and lets you trust what you see on screen. Probably the single biggest cause of ill-adjusted digital photographs are uncalibrated / badly set up monitors. If your monitor isn't set up to any particular standard and if your operating system / photo package doesn't have the correct profile for your monitor you end up in a situation where you correct images to look good on your screen which may well look terrible to everyone else. The two ColorVision products offered in the DPReview promotion solve this problem at a very affordable price. The Spyder with PhotoCAL software is designed for beginners and photo enthusiasts, while the Spyder with OptiCAL software is targeted for advanced amateurs and professionals. "We reviewed the Spyder in 2001 (click here) and were very impressed with the results," said Phil Askey, President of DPReview. "We now calibrate all of our monitors with the Spyder with OptiCAL. We found that the Spyder with PhotoCAL package was definitely the most accurate and best value for money combination available while the Spyder with OptiCAL offered a far more precise calibration and profiling. The Spyder with OptiCAL is clearly aimed at professionals." "As the digital photography market has exploded in the last two years, the need for monitor calibration has evolved from being a luxury to a necessity," said Brian Levey, Vice President of ColorVision. "By providing excellent performance at an affordable price, the Spyder is quickly being recognized as an essential accessory for the digital darkroom - especially for professionals and advanced amateurs. With this promotion, DPReview and ColorVision are trying to make it even easier for digital photographers to take the leap into digital color control." Click here to get this 20% discount on the ColorVision Spyder products (orders help support this site) [...]



ColorVision and DPReview Announce Special Spyder Monitor Calibration Pricing

Mon, 25 Nov 2002 16:29:28 Z

In a unique partnering agreement with DPReview and ColorVision we are able to offer DPReview visitors preferred pricing on the award winning ColorVision Monitor Spyder with PhotoCal or OptiCal software. The Spyder can be used on both CRT and LCD displays (Laptop or Desktop) and will ensure that your display is accurately calibrated and profiled so that you get optimum colour. Is there anything worse, in the digital darkroom, than a badly setup monitor? The Spyder with PhotoCal or Optical will ensure you get the most accurate colour from your display. Click here for ColorVision Spyder products at special prices (orders help support this site) Press Release: DPReview and ColorVision Team Up to Offer DPReview Visitors Special Pricing on Spyder™ Products for Monitor Calibration An Essential Tool for Digital Photographers DPReview and ColorVision, a division of Datacolor, today announced a partnership formalizing a preferred offer to DPReview visitors on Spyder products. The partnership was driven by the demand and success of a promotion run during the summer, initiated by a flood of requests from DPReview visitors to re-instate the program after it expired. ColorVision is offering DPReview visitors special pricing on its entire line of Spyder monitor calibration products (click here). All packages include the award-winning Spyder, an all-digital, seven-filter colorimeter. Two of the packages being offered include a Spyder that works with both LCD and CRT monitors, while the other two more affordable packages include a version of the Spyder that works on CRT monitors only. The Spyder calibrates your monitor to a universal standard for color and automatically creates a correct monitor profile. The end result - a monitor that displays accurate color and lets you trust what you see on screen. "We learned a lot from the promotion we ran together this summer," said Brian Levey, Vice President of ColorVision. "First, DPReview visitors are at the 'cutting edge' of the digital darkroom and know the value of a calibrated display. Second, DPReview is a community; the forums are informative, constructive, and provide ColorVision with immediate feedback on our products and customer service. And, DPReview visitors prefer to buy through suppliers and merchants that support DPReview. The DPReview visitor is a loyal, informed and demanding customer. Just as it should be." As the use of digital cameras continues to explode, the need for monitor calibration has evolved from being a luxury to a necessity. The Spyder provides excellent performance at an affordable price and is now recognized as an essential accessory for the digital darkroom - especially for professionals and advanced amateurs. With this partnership, DPReview and ColorVision are making it easier for digital photographers to take the leap into digital color control. "The Spyder is a product that the DPReview user base needs," said Phil Askey, owner of DPReview. "During the summer promotion, ColorVision proved themselves to be a supportive and responsive partner. We look forward to working together with them on providing Spyder products - as well as new products planned for the future - to our visitors."[...]



DPReview and ColorVision Spyder Promotion

Fri, 12 Jul 2002 07:42:00 Z

DPReview and ColorVision have come together to offer our visitors a very special offer. Under a special promotion we are able to offer a 20% discount on the excellent ColorVision Monitor Spyder with PhotoCal or OptiCal software. This new Spyder can now be used on both CRT and LCD displays (Laptop or Desktop) and will ensure that your display is accurately calibrated and profiled so that you get optimum colour. There's nothing worse in the digital darkroom than a badly setup monitor, the Spyder with PhotoCal or Optical will ensure you get the most accurate colour from your display. NOTE: The products here are the newer CRT+LCD Spyder, not the older CRT only Spyder. Click here to get this 20% discount on the ColorVision Spyder products (orders help support this site) Press Release: DPReview and ColorVision Join to Offer Spyder™ Promotion for Monitor Calibration - An Essential Tool for Digital Photographers DPReview and ColorVision, a division of Datacolor, today announced a special promotion for the Spyder - a state-of-the-art sensor that calibrates both CRT and LCD monitors to display accurate color. Working in partnership with DPReview, ColorVision is offering DPReview visitors a 20% discount on its two most popular Spyder monitor calibration products (click here). Both packages include the award-winning Spyder, an all-digital, seven-filter colorimeter that works with both CRT and LCD monitors. The Spyder calibrates your monitor to a universal standard for color and automatically creates a correct monitor profile. The end result - a monitor that displays accurate color and lets you trust what you see on screen. Probably the single biggest cause of ill-adjusted digital photographs are uncalibrated / badly set up monitors. If your monitor isn't set up to any particular standard and if your operating system / photo package doesn't have the correct profile for your monitor you end up in a situation where you correct images to look good on your screen which may well look terrible to everyone else. The two ColorVision products offered in the DPReview promotion solve this problem at a very affordable price. The Spyder with PhotoCAL software - designed for beginners and photo enthusiasts, is being offered to DPReview visitors for $229 USD ($288 USD list price) and the Spyder with OptiCAL software - targeted for advanced amateurs and professionals - for $299 USD ($388 USD list price.) "We reviewed the Spyder in 2001 (click here) and were very impressed with the results," said Phil Askey, President of DPReview. "We now calibrate all of our monitors with the Spyder with OptiCAL. We found that the Spyder with PhotoCAL package was definitely the most accurate and best value for money combination available while the Spyder with OptiCAL offered a far more precise calibration and profiling. The Spyder with OptiCAL is clearly aimed at professionals." "As the digital photography market has exploded in the last two years, the need for monitor calibration has evolved from being a luxury to a necessity," said Brian Levey, Vice President of ColorVision. "By providing excellent performance at an affordable price, the Spyder is quickly being recognized as an essential accessory for the digital darkroom - especially for professionals and advanced amateurs. With this promotion, DPReview and ColorVision are trying to make it even easier for digital photographers to take the leap into digital color control." Click here to get this 20% discount on the ColorVision Spyder products (orders help support this site) [...]



ColorVision announce LCD/CRT Spyder

Sat, 27 Oct 2001 04:00:00 Z

ColorVision, the people who brought us the Monitor Spyder and PhotoCal / OptiCal colour profiling and calibration software has announced an all new LCD/CRT Spyder which can be used to calibrate both CRT Monitors and newer LCD Flat Panel displays. This will be good news for users who need calibrated colour from their LCD Flat Panels. We hope to bring you a full review of the new CRT/LCD Spyder as soon as it's available.

Click here for our review of the original CRT Monitor Spyder

ColorVision Launches the LCD/CRT Spyder

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ColorVision announced the LCD/CRT Spyder, the newest member of the PANTONE® COLORVISION™ product line, at Seybold San Francisco. The new product will begin shipping in November and we will begin accepting orders shortly before production release.

Like the existing Spyder, the new LCD/CRT Spyder has seven sensors and long-pass filters that allow it to closely match the human eye response, resulting in highly accurate monitor calibration. To accommodate the anti-glare coatings and mutable nature of LCD monitors, the LCD/CRT Spyder adds an accessory that allows gentle and flat placement on the screen, keeping the suction cups off the surface. To maintain placement, three clear-molded parts connect to hold the Spyder centered, keep it flush to the face of the display, and adjust for every size and style of monitor including laptops. The appearance details complement Apple's high-tech displays. Want to read more? Click here.

The U.S. list price for the LCD/CRT Spyder with PhotoCAL is $288 ($64 more than the CRT-only version) and the Spyder with OptiCAL is $388 ($11 less than the CRT-only version.) Both products include Adobe® Photoshop® Elements, PANTONE Swatch Libraries for Adobe Photoshop Elements, and the PANTONE ColorVision pocket guide. In addition, we've given a major facelift to the packaging.

With the introduction of the LCD/CRT Spyder, we will discontinue production of the CRT-only model. We have a limited inventory of CRT-only Spyders in stock that we will sell on a first-come, first serve basis. For potential buyers of the CRT-only version of the Spyder with PhotoCAL in particular, we encourage you to act quickly. Have more questions? Click here for FAQ's.

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