I'd be interested to hear your opinion.
I'd be interested to hear your opinion.
There really isn't much justification for the prices of the Barbieri spectros, you definitely do pay a premium just for the name though. But also, anyone's fully automated spectros are gonna cost an absolute fortune, the X-Rite Isis certainly ain't cheap, for example.
I don't know the specifics of the LFP3 you mention but I do know that Barbieri has some strange/different ideas on how to do things, such as their Swing spectros and a few others concepts of theirs.
As for the software though, I would actually say their's is quite old and definitely, absolutely there's no way their software or anyone's software could be "far superior to anyone else's as they'd have basically the whole market if it were.
Any company which comes up with some fancy, special software which does something either far better/easier/quicker/higher quality/etc than another company or the rest of the market, the other companies in the market are all going to have the same kind of technology very soon because if they don't, they will lose huge amounts of sales and revenue. There's not all that much crazy, fringe new stuff going on in the SW or HW research concerning spectros and profiling in general, so rest assured, whatever you can possibly do with one brand of HW/SW, you can almost 100% of the time, easily do with virtually any other brand on the market. It's just how the world works, there aren't any cars, computers, TVs, HiFis, etc on the market that do something so spectacularily well that no other company in the world is able to do similar, all the scientists and engineers study the same things when learning how to design and construct our toys and unless they're a 1-in-a-billion genius, we all seem to have the same ideas around the world at the same general time.
I can tell you now, that if you have to try to justify to yourself why you should spend SO much more on an automated system, you won't be able to justify it. If you could, you already would have and wouldn't be looking at the i1. I would very highly suggest to get the i1Pro2 and go from there as you can always convert it into a fully automated system by just purchasing an i1io or i1io2 robotic arm. Then you have the best of all worlds as you will still be able to take spot readings, screen measurements, ambient light, etc. as well as having a very fast and fully automated system at still far below the cost of either an Isis or any Barbieri automated spectro.
Where would be the best place to buy one of these? I think last itme I was looking at colorhq had pretty good prices.
Nice looking bit of kit, makes my spyder print look weak
Do you get an accurate screen to print match and not have to do any trial prints to get your images looking the way you saw them on the screen?
Also, I don't know of any software profling apps which support the Spyder for making printer profiles, except, of course, the software supplied with the Spyder. You mention the patch count is due to the DataColor supplied software - well, no other software supports this instrument, so there's nothing which can be done about the patch count unless you can figure out how to hack the Spyder software to allow more patches.
If I'm mistaken about the software, and there are some other companies making apps which support the Spyder for printer profiles, please enlighten me, I'm interested to know who else has chosen to support the Spyder.
I'm just trying to warn Daki that it would not be a wise idea to purchase the Spyder system as it is essentially not upgradeable at all, cannot be used with Pro-level software and really isn't all that accurate when it comes to making patch measurements. Best bet is definitely the i1Pro2 for you, Daki.
I just use the software provided with the spyder, but the i1Pro1 or i1Pro2 would be a better bit of kit as its supported by third partys.
Nice looking bit of kit,the price is not cheap
it'll be interesting to see some comparisons once they start rolling in
I'll Upgrade my i1 Photo Pro to i1 Photo Pro 2.
I'm very expectation!
i1 publish pro 2 on it's way :)
I work for an X-Rite dealer and have had my i1Pro2 for about 3 weeks now. All these features are currently only available through the i1Profiler software. You're going to have to wait for the RIP manufactures to catch up. Currently the i1Pro2 is compatible with all software as an i1Pro UVCut only. So if you don't want the UVCut option you might want to wait to upgrade. Other than that, I love the D50 measurement ability. Now my 528/530 and i1Pro2 read the same. Very nice when implementing G7.