Colorsource software installation and brief description guide Rev.8

Colorsource software installation and brief description guide Rev.8
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Colorsource software
installation and using guide
I) Software installation:..................................................................................................... 4
1-1) PC configuration: ......................................................................................................................................... 4
1-2) Microsoft Excel configuration: ..................................................................................................................... 4
1-3) Software installation in trial or full working mode: ..................................................................................... 4
1-4) Getting a temporary or definitive unlock key: ............................................................................................. 5
2) Measuring color charts for Colorsource applications:..................................................... 6
2-1) Making spectral measurement files by using free MeasureTool software: ................................................ 6
2-3) Making spectral measurement files by using free ColorPort software: ...................................................... 8
2-3) Making spectral measurement files by using free i1Profiler software: ...................................................... 9
2-4) Making spectral measurement files by using free Eye-One Share software: ............................................ 10
3) Tips and precautions for software operation: .............................................................. 11
3-1) Measurement files decimal numbers separator:....................................................................................... 11
3-2) Optimizing Colorsource applications display on your monitor: ................................................................ 11
3-3) Browsing your charts CGATS reference files: ............................................................................................. 12
3-4) Making printable chart files by using normalized CGATS reference files: ................................................. 12
3-5) Choosing the application language and software localization: ................................................................. 12
4) Customization of CMYK_100%,
CMYK_Gravure and CMYK_Print_&_Proof applications: ............................................... 13
5) Sample measurements files: ....................................................................................... 13
6) Summary of useful free download links: ...................................................................... 13
7) Troubleshooting and FAQS: ......................................................................................... 15
CMYK_Print_&_Proof
PLATE
CMYK_100%
CMYK_Gravure
SPOT_Color_Manager
SPOT_Gravure
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Colorsource applications allow you fast and easy CMYK press setting for matching any existing ISO12647-2,
ISO12647-3, ISO12647-4, ISO12647-6 standard or the US G7/IDEAlliance interpretations of ISO12647-2
standards (GRACoL & SWOP). You can freely test them for a limited time.
Colorsource press-setting applications are the essential toolbox allowing you as well optimizing any N-Colors
printing process with or without a CMYK base. They allow all Print Houses controlling their inks quality and
performing excellent press settings (Offset, Gravure, and Flexography), with using a simple spectrophotometer
such as X-Rite/GretagMacbeth Eye-One Pro, EFI ES-1000-2000 or Eye-One Pro 2, connected to free
measurement software such as X-Rite MeasureTool, i1Profiler, or ColorPort.
More generally, Colorsource software allow you using any 45/0° spectrophotometer with any print process
using transparent inks, but above-mentioned models are the most attractive, thanks to their scan
measurement mode allowing fast measurement of your charts when setting your printing presses.
The X-Rite Eye-One Pro 2 is certainly the best choice today if you need to buy a new spectrophotometer,
because it is quite affordable and does not offer you all these built-in functions you do not need.
Using USB connected spectrophotometers with appropriate software allows optimizing ALL Graphic Industries
prepress and color printing applications.
Our solutions are much more powerful, productive, and flexible than using expensive pressroom
spectrophotometers, while being much cheaper today than the most basic CMYK densitometers or offset
plate readers. Therefore, you should no longer waste your time and money, and move to modern USB
connected spectrophotometers with our appropriate software on PC!
Controlling CMYK proofs and prints:
Free CMYK_Print_&_Proof application: For fast and easy checking of all CMYK proofs, with
using Fogra Media Wedge 2, Fogra Media Wedge 3, Colorsource ISO 12647-7 or
G7/IDEAlliance ISO_12647-7 2009 control bars.
With Eye-One Pro 1 or 2 or EFI ES-1000 or 20000, above four usual CMYK control bars can be measured using
MeasureTool or i1Profiler (Patches data sorted by columns) or ColorPort (Patches data sorted by line), and
they are automatically recognized by the application.
The AUTO mode allows you automatic comparison of your measured control bar with the nearest found
ISO12647-2-3-4 or G7/IDEAlliance or CUSTOM standard, which allows, if needed, identifying the CMYK
standard being simulated by this color proof.
Free CMYK_Print_&_Proof application allows:
a) Controlling CMYK color proofs according to ISO12647-7 (ΔE76 & ΔH), ISO12642 (ΔE76), or
G7/IDEAlliance specific criteria (ΔE76, ΔH, ΔL, & ΔF) with ISO or custom tolerances or
according to your own standards based upon ΔECMC2:1 or much better ΔE2000, with your
own tolerances.
b) Controlling any CMYK digital print, plus ISO 12647-6 flexographic proofs thanks to its easily
configurable CUSTOM targets. (Because ISO12647-6 does not fully specify all your screened
CMYK targets color when making flexographic prints).
The paying version CMYK_Print_&_Proof_PRO allows you as well controlling CMYK prints according to
ISO 12647-2-3-4-6 (ΔE76) and G7/IDEAlliance or according to your own CUSTOM standards based upon
ΔECMC2:1 or much better ΔE2000. In Print control modes, the press TVI curves, dot gains and solid ink
densities are checked.
CMYK_Print_&_Proof produces a control ticket plus a comprehensive PDF detailed report.
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Calibrating and controlling your lithographic offset plates:
PLATE application allows your offset plate's calibration, with an excellent accuracy even on
self-developing offset plates with high N-factor and very low visible contrast.
Matching CMYK prints to ISO 12647-2-3-4-6 or G7/IDEAlliance color standards:
CMYK_100% application allows computing the ideal C, M, Y and K inks solid densities for
matching any ISO 12647-2-3-4-6 or G7/IDEAlliance specified colors. CMYK corrections are
specified in terms of density (Status T, status E (DIN) or status I), and in terms of ink thickness
or pigment concentration. You can as well optimize, record, and then match your own
CUSTOM CMYK standards or four colors standards (Non-CMYK inks).
CMYK_Gravure application allows computing your four printing formes engraving curves, for
matching ISO 12647-2-3-4-6 or G7/IDEAlliance specified target colors on screened tones. You
can as well optimize, record, and then match your own CUSTOM CMYK or four colors standards
(Non-CMYK inks).
N-color printing with or without a CMYK base, and printing spot colors such as PANTONE:
SPOT_Color_Manager application helps to the ink formulation, and allows all your special inks
color quality control, on a test patch BEFORE you install these inks on your press.
SPOT_Color_Manager computes each ink correction in terms of density correction and ink
thickness or pigment concentration correction. It allows you optimizing, recording, and then
matching your own N-colors printing standards by properly specifying your inks sets.
SPOT_Color_Manager also offers a powerful Tint Search function allowing you managing
thousands of special inks.
SPOT_Gravure application computes each special ink optimal print density and printing forme
engraving curve, for optimal N-Colors press setting. Allows you to optimizing, recording, and
then matching your own N-colors printing standards.
Colorsource applications allow you fast and easy CMYK press setting for matching any existing ISO12647-2,
ISO12647-3, ISO12647-4, ISO12647-6 standard or the US G7/IDEAlliance interpretations of ISO12647-2
standards (GRACoL & SWOP).
They also allow you creating your own CMYK and N-Colors printing standards and then matching them on any
of your printing presses. Creating new print standards is very useful for high-end CMYK publishing, and of
course for Packaging printing where a new print standard has to be created for each new printing configuration
including spot colors or special process colors.
Moreover, when you print using CMYK flexography, the ISO12647-6 standard only fixes a part of your target
colors, so that you have to create your own custom target CMYK ICC profile for CMYK_Gravure application
after your have set your flexographic press matching ISO12647-6 solid colors using CMYK_100% application.
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I) Software installation:
1-1) PC configuration:
Operating systems: Windows XP, XP Pro, Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8.x, Windows 10 in 32 or 64 bits
versions. Colorsource applications are executable (.exe) files: Install them in a folder (e.g. C:\Colorsource\
or C: \Program files(x86)\Colorsource\) and then create shortcuts for fast access. Do not install the .exe
application in a folder protected by an administrator password or you will get problems for saving your
application with its current data and parameters.
1-2) Microsoft Excel configuration:
Colorsource applications are using Microsoft Excel for computing engine. Use Microsoft Excel 2007, Excel 2010
or Excel 2013 or 2016. (Excel in its 32 bits versions - not in its 64 bits version).
Please note that Excel (or Microsoft Office) should be installed with appropriate Microsoft Office
components including Visual Basic, otherwise the application will not launch.
Sometimes optional components of Microsoft Excel (depending on your Excel version and installation kit)
MUST be installed. If needed go to Windows Control Panel, in the programs installation menu:
Right click on 2007 or 2010 or 2013 or 2016 Microsoft Office
System and ask to modify the existing installation:
Shared office components such as fonts and Visual Basic for
Applications have to be installed.
Then launch Excel and go to Excel Options, Confidentiality
management center, and then press the Parameters button:
You HAVE TO approve the access to object model of VBA project (see below):
Check your Excel version is installed with
all most recent Microsoft updates.
For checking Excel is up to date,
go to Excel/Options/Resources (Excel
2007), or go to Excel/File/Help or to
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Excel/File/Account and then press the « Search for updates » button.
Finally, if the application does not launch, disable your antivirus (See troubleshooting in this document)
1-3) Software installation in trial or full working mode:
Colorsource free applications CMYK_Print_&_Proof, CxF3_to_CGATS and ICC_Normalize are fully working
versions with no limitation.
Colorsource paying applications you can download on our public software download page are trial versions that
you can use with no key for a limited period of time.
Because these trial versions sometimes do not display all their results, you can send us your full professional
co-ordinates and ask us for a temporary key if you want to test Colorsource press-setting applications without
any limitation.
1-4) Getting a temporary or definitive unlock key:
Getting a temporary key if the installation PC has an email account:
We need your Computer ID for delivering temporary or final keys.
For generating your Computer ID launch one of the
trial applications and click on “Contact author",
which will generate an email containing your
"Computer ID" addressed to “support@colorsource.net".
The button “Contact author" is located on the
menu that appears when launching any trial
application (a similar menu also appears at launch if
your trial period is not over):
Do not forget to send the generated email!
Getting a temporary key when the installation PC has no email account:
When you launch any trial application a "Copy Computer ID" button is displayed as well: It allows you
copying your Computer ID to Windows pasteboard: Use “Ctrl V” for pasting it into a text or Word file.
Getting your full-unlimited definitive key:
The process is the same as for a temporary key but you should first place us a formal order ;-)
1-5) Installing the unlock key:
Receiving your “Computer ID" will allow us generating your temporary or full license key.
At reception of your key:
1. Please remove by precaution any old key (file “*.rkey"): The fortuitous presence of an old
temporary key can prevent the applications launching.
2. Please place your key file at your choice in one of the following directories:

Folder you have created where the ".exe" Colorsource applications reside, such as for example
C:\Colorsource\, or D:\My Documents\High Quality Print\

Or Root of C:\ or Root of D:\
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2) Measuring color charts for Colorsource applications:
Colorsource applications are using classical text measurement files as normalized by CGATS (Committee for
Graphic Arts Technologies Standards), that can be produced by a wide range of 45/0° spectrophotometers
connected to a wide range of free chart measurement applications. Spectral measurements are the only
complete information about color, and allow Colorsource applications computing all information's you need for
properly setting and driving your printing presses.
If your CGATS measurements files contain colorimetric data (Lab D50 2° apparent colors) instead of spectral
data, some of Colorsource applications will use these data, but they will display more limited results.
By default, each Colorsource application offers a choice of dedicated printable color charts. These charts are
supplied with two different layouts:
1.
One layout you can measure using Eye-One Pro, EFI ES-1000 or 2000, or Eye-One Pro 2,
with MeasureTool or i1Profiler charts measurement applications,
2.
One layout you can measure using ColorPort charts measurement application, with
Eye-One Pro, EFI ES-1000 or 2000, or Eye-One Pro 2.
You can also build and use other charts (e.g. 5% steps chart), but we recommend you using, in a first step,
the dedicated press or plate charts we supply with each application, which provide excellent results and
have largely be proven in the field on offset, gravure and flexographic CMYK and N-Colors printing
applications. You will find all necessary CMYK charts in Colorsource free CMYK print forms on the web.
IMPORTANT NOTES ABOUT ISO12647-2-3-4-6-7 MEASUREMENT CONDITIONS:
1) Eye-One Pro 2 and EFI ES-2000 Users: Please note ALL ISO12647-2-3-4-6 and G7/IDEAlliance target colors
are C.I.E. L*a*b* D50 2° target colors measured in M0 conditions on white background (Self-Backing), so that
you should use M0 and self-backing conditions with your Eye-One Pro2 or EFI ES-2000 when setting a CMYK
press to match ISO12647-x.
2) Please note ISO12647-2-3-4-6 target TVI curves have been established using DIN (Status E) spectral
response, so that you should use DIN when setting a CMYK press to match ISO12647-x.
3) ISO12647-x specifies using ΔE76, but of course, you will get better visual matching with ISO12647 or
CUSTOM standards when choosing ΔE2000 rather than ΔE76 visual distance in Colorsource applications.
2-1) Making spectral measurement files by using free MeasureTool software:
When using Eye-One Pro, Eye-One Pro 2, or EFI ES-1000 or 2000, your spectral measurements can be done
using the excellent free MeasureTool 5.0.10 software, which is our preferred measurement application:
http://www.xrite.com/service-support/downloads/P/ProfileMaker_v5_0_10
MeasureTool is one of the ProfileMaker software modules. MeasureTool allows measuring the dedicated
press setting charts supplied with Colorsource applications.
Do not forget you must configure MeasureTool as shown hereafter: “Configuring" in
Toolbar: Reflection, with spectral box checked, this for getting the spectral reflectance
measurements that all Colorsource applications need:
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For measuring a chart, choose “Measuring (Chart)" in the MeasureTool Toolbar and follow its instructions.
At the end of measurements, make “Close” and then “File/Save as..." (Alternatively "Ctrl s"). Do not make
“Export Lab” after closing but make "File/Save as...".
For fast and easy access to each chart reference file in MeasureTool drop-down menu “Choose the type of test
chart to measure", the CGATS reference text files supplied with Colorsource applications charts can be installed
in ProfileMaker installation folder, for example in the following subfolder:
C: [or other] \Program Files[(x86)]\X-Rite\ProfileMaker 5.0.10\Reference data\Linearization\
In order to keep in the MeasureTool drop-down menu only color charts you do need, you can as well do some
cleaning in following ProfileMaker 5.0.10 installation subfolders:
\Program Files[(x86)]\X-Rite\ProfileMaker 5.0.10\Reference data\Others\,
\Reference data\Printers\,
\Reference data\Linearization\,
\Reference data\Multicolor\,
\Reference data\Scanner\,
Example: Measuring "CMYK_RGB_MT.tif" chart with
MeasureTool software:
Select the CGATS reference file of the chart you want to
measure, press “Start…”, and follow MeasureTool
instructions.
At the end of the chart measurement, make “Close” and
then “File/Save as..." (Alternatively “Ctrl s"): Your
measurement file is now saved in the form of a standard
CGATS spectral measurements text file (.txt).
Do not make “Export Lab” as MeasureTool would only
save the Lab D50 2° apparent colors, instead of the
much richer spectral data Colorsource applications
need.
MeasureTool is quite flexible and it is our preferred
charts measurement application: When measuring many
identical charts on many printed copies, in order your
Colorsource applications can compute accurate settings
from averaged data, you can stop measuring your copies
at any moment. Even if you have selected a CGATS text
reference file allowing you measuring fifteen charts on
fifteen copies, MeasureTool allows you stopping your
measures at any moment, and save them. Colorsource
applications will work perfectly by averaging the
measures available in your CGATS measurement file.
This measurement text file can be opened in Colorsource applications by using their Import buttons:
This is Colorsource program for optimal ISO 12647-2-3-4-6 print densities
100
100
100
100
0
200
200
200
75
75
75
75
%
According to your preferences, you should measure on white background (Self-Backing)
Please measure with no polarizing filter.
Paste spectral data. Otherwise the application cannot compute your optimal solid densities and has to estimate dot gains from colors values.
The decimal separator of your data should be a dot.
▼ Measure your CMYK or 4CLR density setting control bar with Eye-One Pro, Eye-One Pro 2, EFI ES-1000 or EFI ES-2000 (Paste or Import).
Paste here!
One very bad sheet.txt
Import
Measurement_mode
gap
CREATED
11/16/2010 # Time: 12:20
INSTRUMENTATION
Eye-One Pro
MEASUREMENT_SOURCE
WhiteBase=Absolute Filter=No
ILLUMINATION_NAME
D50
OBSERVER_ANGLE
2
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Alternatively with some of the applications, you can as well open your measurement file (double click), then
select and copy its content (“Ctrl A" then “Ctrl C" for selecting all and copying it) and then paste it (Ctrl V) to
the application Measure tab.
Please note that before pasting data to the Measure tab, you first need to select the "Paste here!" cell with
your mouse. Otherwise, pasting may be refused with a “write protected cells” message, or may sometimes be
accepted and lead to obviously aberrant results.
If you are using a two colors offset press for printing CMYK and wish using CMYK_100% for setting optimal
CMYK print densities, you can as well use MeasureTool, not in "scan" mode but in "Patch" mode, after the first
paper pass:
Measure cyan, magenta, then move to the paper white patch with right arrow, measure paper, then move to
the blue patch (C+M), measure the blue patch, and then close and save your spectral measurement file
(File/Save as…). This measurement file does not contain the yellow, black, red and green measurements, but
will perfectly work with CMYK_100% for computing your first pass C and M inks optimal densities. More
generally, Colorsource applications can accept the measurements data of any printed CMYK chart and will try
to get the best out of what you have measured.
2-3) Making spectral measurement files by using free ColorPort software:
ColorPort download:
http://www.xrite.com/service-support/downloads/C/ColorPort-Utility-Software-v1_5_4
Each Colorsource application memorizes, in Charts tab, sample CGATS reference text file(s) that allow you
measuring its dedicated color chart(s) by using MeasureTool or i1Profiler software.
See for example hereafter the Fogra Media Wedge 3 control bar layout for fast measurement with
MeasureTool, i1Profiler, or Colorsource applications (Other layouts are possible):
The free Colorsource utility "MeasureTool_Ref_to_ColorPort_Chart.exe" - supplied with the CMYK_Gravure
distribution kit on the web - allows you, if needed, converting any CGATS text reference file into a ".tab" text
file, for ColorPort generating an equivalent printable chart (RGB, CMYK or 5-Colors, 6-Colors, 7-Colors, 8Colors), that you can print and then measure using ColorPort.
For example, the CGATS reference text file of Fogra Media Wedge 3 control bar memorized
in CMYK_Print_&_Proof
Charts
application tab can be converted to
"Ref_ColorPort_FMW3_Strip.tab" allowing ColorPort generating a Fogra Media Wedge 3
layout for measurement using ColorPort. On the left is shown a Fogra Media Wedge 3 with
ColorPort layout (Other layouts are possible).
For your information, this will be quite useful when using next update of Colorsource
applications for N-Colors press setting, that will include a smart N-Colors chart generator
dedicated to N-Colors press setting.
Please note that when you are using ColorPort, you should rather use a reference file
designed for the exact number of copies you want to measure. Because if your ColorPort
reference chart is designed for measuring 30 copies, you will be obliged to measure all
these 30 copies before you can stop measuring and save your ColorPort measurement file…
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2-3) Making spectral measurement files by using free i1Profiler software:
Without a license, you can measure charts specified by their classical CGATS text reference files, and record
your text measurement files by choosing "ProfileMaker 5 CGATS Spectral" format.
Choose "CMYK Printer" and use "Measure reference chart": The last function
down left of homepage. You can Load the CGATS reference (E.g.
"Ref_MeasureTool_FMW3_Strip.txt"), and then i1Profiler allows you in the
following menu measuring your chart. Your measurement file has to be saved
using "ProfileMaker 5 CGATS Spectral" text format for direct use with
Colorsource applications.
When you are using i1Profiler,
you should rather use a chart
reference file designed for the
exact number of copies you
want to measure. Because unlike
when
using
MeasureTool application - if your i1Profiler reference chart is designed for measuring 15 copies, you will be
obliged to measure all these 15 copies before you can stop measuring and save your i1Profiler measurement
file…
Mind following important point:
i1Profiler does not allow using N-Colors CGATS reference files (other than RGB or CMYK). That is why we have
designed dummy CMYK CGATS reference file for measuring the monochrome charts of PLATE and
SPOT_Gravure applications.
You should use i1Profiler latest version. In these conditions:
- Patch measurement mode always works,
- Scan measurement mode (that is most of time desired for our applications) does not work for some
colors, because i1Profiler checks your measured color, and sometimes refuses the measured color if it
finds it is too far away of the dummy CMYK CGATS reference file you are using.
Solution:
Modify i1Profiler initialization file named "XRi1G2WorkflowSettings.ini" in order to deactivate i1Profiler color
checking process.
This file is in a hidden Windows folder. In order to access this folder, go to the Tools/Folder options of Windows
File Manager (Or go direct to Folder options in Windows Control Panel). In the Display tab, uncheck the radio
button "Do not display hidden files, folders, or volumes".
This now allows you accessing following folders:
Under Windows XP, folder: C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\X-Rite\i1Profiler\
Under Windows 7 or 8, folder: C:\ProgramData\X-Rite\i1Profiler\
You can also use above access paths as shortcuts with Windows file explorer.
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You will find the "XRi1G2WorkflowSettings.ini" file. Open it with a text editor, and modify it as follows:
Original file:
[General]
PrinterNames=CMYK Printer, RGB Printer
PaperNames=Plain, Glossy, Matte
LastProfileCreationTestChart=Default
...
UseEasyMode=false
NeedToClearCalibration=true
MeasurementTolerance=0.5
MeasurementRGBTolerance=0.6
...
Etc.
Change:
MeasurementTolerance=0.5 to MeasurementTolerance=100
This allows i1Profiler measuring any color with the dummy CMYK CGATS files we supply for SPOT_Gravure and
PLATE applications.
You can as well change the previous line:
NeedToClearCalibration=true to NeedToClearCalibration=false
This change is quite convenient, because i1Profiler will no longer ask you to recalibrate your spectro before
each line measurement, for example, when you are setting the seven densities of your seven inks on a seven
colors press, in order to set each ink optimal density.
But if all this would look too complex to you: Use MeasureTool that is the best measurement application!
i1Profiler is today quite a deceiving piece of software - Because of so many bugs and so many drawbacks when
compared with ProfileMaker. For example, i1Profiler cannot even average seven color presses characterization
data prior to computing their ICC profile, and its "PANTONE Color Manager" is a pure joke when compared
with excellent ProfileMaker ColorPicker module.
That is why we used to strongly advise Print Houses to rather buy ProfileMaker Packaging, which is alas and
very strangely X-Rite stopped selling in 2014!
Even in trial mode, ProfileMaker offers many useful functions i1Profiler is missing. And because X-Rite
pretend i1Profiler is much better than ProfileMaker, they should see no inconveniency into offering one
ProfileMaker free license to each i1Profiler Customer! (Search the web and you may find one ;-))
2-4) Making spectral measurement files by using free Eye-One Share software:
For measuring special inks for SPOT_Color_Manager application, you can use MeasureTool or i1Profiler:
For example, say you want to measure 1 line x 11 columns chart if you want to measure 10 solid inks plus the
paper supporting them.
However, free Eye-One Share software is quite convenient. It allows measuring, naming and saving one or
more tints and their substrate in the very convenient form of CxF v1 format colors palette, and also exporting
these color palettes to Excel format (Menu File/Export, and then choose “Excel Palette" in the pull-down
menu).
Eye-One Share also allows measuring incident light, for controlling both the color temperature and Color
Rendering Index of light booths (CRI: Spectral conformity of the measured light to the incandescent light source
of nearest color appearance in C.I.E. Luv color space). Allows checking your D50 light booth does not cause too
much metamerism when compared with true C.I.E. 5003 K daylight.
Download link: http://www.xrite.com/service-support/downloads/I/i1Share_v1_4
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Eye-One Share provides the complete reference libraries of Pantone spectral data on the installation CD-Rom
delivered with non O.E.M. Eye-One Pro spectrophotometers. These Pantone data can be exported and then
used and saved if needed as standard libraries target colors with SPOT_Color_Manager application. But
because Eye-One Share PANTONE libraries dated 2004 are obsolete, Colorsource free application
CxFv3_to_CGATS allows you extracting the right PANTONE spectral data.
The free Eye-One Share version on Internet only offers a limited number of Pantone tints: Here as well, free
Colorsource CxF3_to_CGATS application allows you using all modern up-to-date PANTONE digital libraries
with MeasureTool, ColorPicker, Eye-One Share and SPOT_Color_Manager applications.
Important note for using Eye-One Share with Eye-One Pro 1 or 2 with Windows 7 or 8.x 64 bits
versions:
To date the Eye-One Share installer has not been updated for Windows 7 or 8.x 64 bits. So that for using your
Eye-One Pro 1 or 2 with Eye-One Share software under Windows 7 or 8 64 bits versions, you need to install as
well the Eye-One Match software, and then copy the “EyeOne.dll” library (dated 03/07/2007) you find in
“Program Files (x86)/GretagMacbeth/Eye-One Match/”, and use it to replace the older “EyeOne.dll” library
you find in the i1Share installation folder “Program Files (x86)/GretagMacbeth/i1Share/”. This “EyeOne.dll”
library (dated 03/07/2007) is supplied as well in SPOT_Color_Manager distribution kit so that you can avoid
installing Eye-One Match and just use the dll we supply.
Please note i1share need an ICC v2.0 RGB monitor profile for displaying accurate colors. Choose this option
when calibrating your monitor. Using v2.0 and not v4.0 makes loss of accuracy for all standard D50 graphic arts
applications.
3) Tips and precautions for software operation:
3-1) Measurement files decimal numbers separator:
Each Colorsource application configures EXCEL decimal separator to be a dot when you launch it.
In your spectral or colorimetric CGATS measurement text files, the decimal separator has to be a dot (.)
(e.g. 0.1258), because most of measurement applications are using a dot as decimal separator.
However, if you need to paste a measurement text file with comma decimal separator "," to a Colorsource
application configured by default with a dot decimal separator "," you have the two following possibilities:
1.
If this is exceptional, the easiest way is to replace automatically all dots in your text file by
commas before you paste it. (Use Ctrl h or Ctrl r, depending on your text editor).
2.
You can as well configure your Colorsource application in order it no longer uses the default
dot decimal separator, but commas. For doing so, go to Excel/Options and then Excel/Advanced
options. At the "Decimal separator" paragraph, enter a comma "," at the room of the dot.
Please note that dot decimal separator will be set again next time you launch your application.
Using spectral or colorimetric CGATS measurement files keeps quite fast and easy, as long as you configure
your measurement application(s) and Excel for using the same decimal separator.
3-2) Optimizing Colorsource applications display on your monitor:
Adapting the applications display to your RGB monitor: It is easy to zoom in or out on each application tab in
order to optimize its display for your monitor: Use your mouse wheel while maintaining keyboard “Ctrl" key
pressed. You can then save your application with your settings (“Ctrl S”).
You can mask Excel ribbon (Point the ribbon with your mouse and use the mouse right button menu). You can
as well use Excel FULL SCREEN display (menu display … Full screen) because you do not need Excel menus for
making full use of Colorsource software. The Escape key allows switching back to normal Excel display mode.
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3-3) Browsing your charts CGATS reference files:
Drag and drop any of your CGATS ref. file on MeasureTool or Colorlab main window: Even if your text file
contains no colorimetric or spectral measurement data, you will see the kind of chart your CGATS reference file
describes.
3-4) Making printable chart files by using normalized CGATS reference files:
Each Colorsource application is supplied with appropriate printable charts and their CGATS references and with
their equivalent printable charts and references for ColorPort.
You can as well specify your own charts by a CGATS reference file and generate the associated printable chart:
a) If you own ProfileMaker (Dongle needed), you can use MeasureTool charts generator.
N-Color charts generation may not be allowed depending on your ProfileMaker version. However, the
linearization charts generated with MeasureTool generator have not very convenient layouts for the
use we intend on printing presses, so that you should rather go for the following solution:
b) Free Colorlab software also allows generating your CMYK printable charts form any standard
MeasureTool (CGATS) reference file. Make Filter/layout and Format/test chart Define. Colorlab can
also generate N-Colors printable charts until 8 colors: These charts have quite convenient layouts and
can be recorded as RGB TIFF files with alpha channels that can easily be converted to N-Colors .eps
charts by using Photoshop.
c) Free Colorsource utility "MeasureTool_Ref_to_ColorPort_Chart.exe" also allows you converting
any CGATS reference file into a .tab text file allowing ColorPort generating an equivalent printable
RGB, CMYK or N-Colors chart, and of course measuring it.
The .tab text file produced from the CGATS ref. file with the Colorsource utility has to be placed in folder:
Documents/ColorPort_Resources/Custom/Appropriate_folder (e.g. 8color for an 8_CLR chart).
In ColorPort "Create Target" tab, choose your instrument (e.g. i1Pro), and choose "8 Colors" in the Color Space
drop-down menu. Your .tab text file for creating a custom 8 colors chart then appears in the Patch Set
drop-down menu.
You can now choose your paper format and margins and press "Save Target". ColorPort now creates:
1.
Your printable 8 colors chart that you can save using DCS2 (eps) format.
2.
And as well an .XML file summarizing all your 8 CLR charts specifications, that is saved in
folder Documents/ColorPort_Resources/Refs/8color
Colorsource applications charts for ColorPort are supplied with both .tab and .XML reference files. The .XML
references are enough, but using the .tab references can allow you generating your own charts with your
preferred layouts.
The "File/Target Manager..." menu allows you managing your ColorPort charts.
3-5) Choosing the application language and software localization:
Each application Preferences tab offers a pull-down menu for choosing the application language between
English and French. At first launch, each Colorsource application detects your keyboard language and
configures the appropriate language. You have to save your application ("Ctrl s" or File/Save) for avoiding this
application searches the language at each following launches.
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4) Customization of CMYK_100%, CMYK_Gravure and
CMYK_Print_&_Proof applications:
These applications offer matching all ISO 12647-2, ISO 12647-3, ISO 12647-4, ISO 12647-6 or G7/IDEAlliance
preprogrammed target Lab colors, or your own CUSTOM CMYK target colors, such as, for example, the
“Euroscale.icc” or "USSheetFed_coated.icc" I.C.C. profiles target colors.
The custom target colors CGATS measurement files for specifying your own CUSTOM standards can be spectral
or colorimetric CGATS files measured on reference prints or proofs, and can be as well easily computed from
any reference CMYK ICC profile.
Free Colorlab v2.8.13 software allows computing the Lab colors you will get on paper for any chart specified by
a CGATS reference file, according to any CMYK our four colors (non CMYK) target I.C.C. profile: This allows you
fast and easy computation of your CUSTOM target colors CGATS file, for any chart and for any CMYK ISO or
non-ISO target I.C.C. profile.
Of course, this is working as well with the reference files of the default charts supplied with your Colorsource
applications. This allows you easy and fast setting of your CMYK_100%, CMYK_Gravure and
CMYK_Print_&_Proof CUSTOM target colors, by simply importing your target spectral or colorimetric CGATS
measurement files into their Custom tabs.
Please see the detailed work procedure in CMYK_100% and CMYK_Gravure_users_guide.pdf.
Link for downloading free Colorlab software:
http://www.xrite.com/service-support/downloads/C/Colorlab-Utility-Freeware-V281x
5) Sample measurements files:
Each Colorsource application is supplied with sample measurement files.
You can use open and use all these sample measurement files for training in order to get more familiar with the
operation of Colorsource applications. For each application, you can save the import and export file paths for
next application use by saving this application (File/Save or "Ctrl s").
6) Summary of useful free download links:
ProfileMaker:
http://www.xrite.com/service-support/downloads/P/ProfileMaker_v5_0_10
ProfileMaker allows you using MeasureTool and many other useful features without needing a dongle.
MeasureTool is by far the most flexible charts measurement application. MeasureTool is our preferred
application when using Eye-One Pro, Eye-One Pro 2, or EFI ES-1000-2000.
ColorPort:
http://www.xrite.com/service-support/downloads/C/ColorPort-Utility-Software-v1_5_4
This fully free application allows you measuring your charts with a wide range of measurement instruments.
Also allows you generating and measuring a wide range of printable charts including N-Colors charts.
Colorlab:
http://www.xrite.com/service-support/downloads/C/Colorlab-Utility-Freeware-V281x
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Colorlab is a very powerful and flexible tool and it is free. It allows you generating Custom Lab target colors
files by using any CMYK or N-Colors CGATS reference file with any CMYK or N-Colors ICC profile. Also allows
generating CMYK and N-colors printable charts from CGATS reference files.
Eye-One Share:
http://www.xrite.com/service-support/downloads/I/i1Share_v1_4
Ideal for measuring and naming your special inks and media one by one before you paste them to
SPOT_Color_Manager application. You can use as well MeasureTool in Measuring Chart/Custom mode or
i1Profiler in "Measure Chart" mode for measuring one by one any set of N colors (x 1 line).
CONTEXT: An excellent text editor for Windows:
http://context.fr.malavida.com/
Standard Windows text editor is OK but CONTEXT is much better.
Important up to date Colorsource information about ISO12647-2-3-4-6 standards and ISO12647-2 US
G7/IDEAlliance interpretation (GRACoL & SWOP) for choosing you press-setting strategy:
http://www.color-source.net/en/Docs_Formation/2015_POINT_ABOUT_ISO_12647_STANDARDS.pdf
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7) Troubleshooting and FAQS:
7-1) The application does not launch:
Colorsource applications are using Microsoft Excel for computing engine. Use Microsoft Excel 2007, Excel 2010
or Excel 2013 or 2016. (Excel in its 32 bits versions - not in its 64 bits version).
Please note that Excel (or Microsoft Office) should be installed with appropriate Microsoft Office
components including Visual Basic, otherwise the application will not launch.
Sometimes optional components of Microsoft Excel (depending on your Excel version and installation kit)
MUST be installed. If needed go to Windows Control Panel, in the programs installation menu:
Right click on 2007 or 2010 or 2013 or 2016 Microsoft Office
System and ask to modify the existing installation:
Shared office components such as fonts and Visual Basic for
Applications have to be installed.
Then launch Excel and go to Excel Options, Confidentiality
management center, and then press the Parameters button:
You HAVE TO approve the access to object model of VBA project:
Check your Excel version is installed with
all most recent Microsoft updates.
For checking Excel is up to date,
go to Excel/Options/Resources (Excel
2007), or go to Excel/File/Help or to
Excel/File/Account and then press the
« Search for updates » button.
Finally, if the application does not launch, disable your antivirus: There are no problems with most of the
serious antivirus applications (including Windows native protection systems, free antivirus like Avira, AVG etc.)
but some rare antivirus applications may prevent the application launching.
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Make a test by disabling your antivirus and if necessary change of antivirus program if your present application
is the problem.
7-2) I cannot paste or import my measurement data in the Measure tab:
The program says it is “The cell is write protected”.
Please note before pasting your spectral measurement text file to Measure tab, you need first select cell
"Paste here!" with your mouse, or select a cell in the relevant "Tint names" column when using
SPOT_Color_Manager, in order to paste your data at the right location.
If you don’t select the right cell, you may get a “write protected message”: This does not mean the useful cells
are write protected: This means that your text measurement file tries to write not only the allowed cells but
also one or more write protected cell(s) around.
This can happen for example if you add many blank (and invisible!) lines at the end of the text measurement
file after the last data line “END_DATA”, or if blank data are present at the end of each line.
Each Colorsource application authorizes pasting your spectral (or sometimes colorimetric) measurement file
produced when using the relevant reference files. If you import measurement files from some other
application, mind to format your measurement data the appropriate way.
7-3) The application shows error messages such as “#####” or strange curves in
the result display tabs once I have pasted my data:
Check your measurement data decimal separator is a dot. If needed see the details in this manual on page 11.
Check you have pasted your measurement data at the right location(s) in your Colorsource application.
7-4) i1Profiler refuses to measure my SPOT_Gravure or PLATE chart in scan mode,
telling measured colors do not match the reference file:
See this manual on page 9.
7-5) Eye-One Share application does not see my Eye-one Pro:
Please see Eye-One Share installation procedure for Windows 7 or 8.x 64 bits versions on page 11 of this
document.
7-6) I cannot find all Pantone 2004 tints in my Eye-One Share Pantone libraries:
You need to use X-Rite installation CD-Rom as on aside
monitor copy: Press Color Guides.
But in order to use i1Share with the latest PANTONE
digital libraries, you can use Colorsource FREE
CxF3_to_CGATS application that allows you extracting
all modern PANTONE digital libraries from Pantone
Color Manager and InkFormulation applications, and
convert them into CGATS format for use with
ColorPicker, MeasureTool, SPOT_Color_Manager and
Eye-One Share.
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7-7) Eye-One Share displays all colors as grey:
i1share application need an ICC v2.0 RGB monitor profile for displaying accurate colors. Choose this option
when calibrating your monitor. Using v2.0 and not v4.0 makes loss of accuracy for all traditional D50 graphic
arts applications.
7-8) Results tabs display too small or too large on my monitor:
Press “Ctrl” key and use the mouse wheel for zooming in or out, and then save your application (“Ctrl s”).
You can mask Excel ribbon (Point the ribbon with your mouse and use the mouse right button menu).
You can as well use Excel FULL SCREEN display (menu display … Full screen) because you do not need Excel
menus for making full use of Colorsource software. The Escape key allows switching back to normal Excel
display mode.
7-9) CMYK_100%, CMYK_Gravure and CMYK_Print_&_Proof offer me all traditional
ISO 12647-2, ISO 12647-3, ISO 12647-4 and ISO 12647-6 target Lab colors, but I
want to match “Euroscale.icc” target colors!
Please see in “CMYK_100% and CMYK_Gravure_users_guide.pdf” how to compute your own color targets
from target ICC profiles and record them as colorimetric CGATS measurement files.
7-10) Colorsource software search for the language at each start:
Each Colorsource application detects your keyboard language and configures the appropriate language at first
launch. You have to save your application ("Ctrl s" or File/Save) for avoiding the application searching the
language at each following launches.
7-11) Colorsource software cannot run on my Macintosh:
Yes, it can under Windows XP or Windows 7 or Windows 8.x.
7-12) OK but it cannot run them under MacOS X:
OK when we can find 300 US$ mobiles Mac as for mobile PCs! Because Colorsource applications work very well
on low cost PCs and on 10 years-old Win XP PC if needed, so that using expensive Macs would be as uselessly
expensive at the time as using the latest iPhone!
Moreover many excellent and free color management and applications now only run under Windows
operating systems, including some of them that are 20 years old, so that the widest variety of color
management applications and utilities experts need are only supported by Windows today. You can always
use the results of these apps on your Macs.
Any other question or suggestions?
support@color-source.net
CMYK_Print_&_Proof
PLATE
CMYK_100%
CMYK_Gravure
SPOT_Color_Manager
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