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MonacoEZcolor 2.5 - A User Review
Wednesday August 27, 2003

Section 1: Color Managment history and MonacoEZcolor



By Ian Lyons (c) 2003

When, in May 1998 Adobe introduced digital workers to the concept of colour management little did they realise the anguish they would put many through. From the earliest days we heard cries of: "my prints don't match my monitor" to "my scans all appear red when imported into Photoshop" - what was the cause and more importantly what was the solution?

The cause was pretty simple in that each device forming part of our digital workflow has its own unique way of reproducing colour. Photoshop now needed to understand how these devices saw colour and that's were the concept of profiling or characterising these devices came in. ICC profiles provide Photoshop with the description of how scanners and printers reproduce colour. Companies such as Epson, Nikon, Canon, etc all provided generic profiles with their equipment, although they rarely produced optimum results. High-end, high-cost profiling applications already existed, but it was Monaco Systems who first offered a solution within reach of the masses. The first version of MonacoEZcolor was inexpensive, reasonably effective and easy to use, albeit with some quirks when cropping the scanned target. We've moved on a lot since those early days, and with each new crop of scanners and inkjet printers our expectations have continued to grow.

MonacoEZcolor has undergone another update; we're at version 2.5 now and with it we get lots of new features including the ability to utilise the new MonacoOPTIX colorimeter for display profiling that is reviewed elsewhere on this site.

It's worth noting that just as I was completing this review, Monaco Systems announced that they have been acquired by X-rite although the product range will continue to be sold under the Monaco Systems banner.

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