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Do we still need to calibrate our monitor? Yes, we do. basICColor display 5.0.3 (review)

basICColor’s colour management products have been setting the standard for a long period of time. The company’s display 5 monitor calibration and profiling system is no exception.

I tried basICColor display 5.0 right after installing my new iMac, and I could not get it to calibrate the monitor within a deltaE of less than 3. The reason was that I depended on the iMac’s dynamic brightness setting. A couple of days ago, I tried again. Now that I’m settled in with the new iMac and know it inside out, I thought I’d give it another shot. basICColor display 5.0.3 calibrated the monitor just fine.

basICColor didn’t change the core of its display product. The core is the colour management capabilities and the accuracy. It would have been impossible to improve on those. But the interface has been renewed. It’s now more modern, more in tune with what other colour management apps look like. It’s also more user-friendly, with more presets to choose from. One-click calibration is supported.

display 5.0.3 supports an impressive array of measurement instruments, including the highly accurate and professional basICColor DISCUS, the NEC SpectraSensor Pro, X-Rite’s i1Display Pro, basICColor SQUID 3, GL optic mini-spectrometer, Konica Minolta FD-7/5, and Datacolor’s Spyder 4 range of products. I tested the software with an i1Display Pro and a Spyder4Elite, and both calibrated the iMac within a deltaE of 0.11 (dE94!).

Instead of tampering with the settings myself, I had basICColor display 5.0.3 calibrate my screen automatically. That worked like a charm, and extremely fast — much faster than with X-Rite’s i1Profiler. display 5.0.3 also supports automatic hardware calibration for NEC’s SpectraView monitors, EIZO ColorGraphic monitors, and Quato Intelli Proof monitors.

What I couldn’t test was the automatic hardware adjustment of JUST viewing booths via software, but as display has always been one of the best calibration apps available, I have no doubt this will work as advertised.

basICColor display 5.0.3 automatically validates your measurement results for accuracy, and it can measure ambient light as well.

Except for the above, it supports:

  • Calibration and ICC Profiling software for computer displays (CRT, LCD, Laptop) and projectors
  • Fully automated calibration and LUT creation for supported displays
  • Linear L*, Gamma, sRGB, CIECAM02, HDTV, NTSC, REC 709, PAL/SECAM, DICOM and CIE LUT tonal response curves
  • User selectable white point, black point, and contrast ratio

The product page on the website mentions a reminder app but that isn’t part of the display app itself. If you need a reminder to be set, you can easily do so using iCal or another calendar program.

display 5.0.3 is basICColor’s monitor calibration software for the newest (and older) monitors and projectors. For anyone concerned about accurate colour rendition of art, layouts, and photographs it’s warmly recommended — I find it consistently better than anything else. For proofing, it simply is indispensable.

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