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Pantone and ColorVision Unveil LCD/CRT Spyder™ for Easy and Affordable Monitor Calibration

NEW YORK - September 25, 2001 - Today at Seybold San Francisco, Pantone, Inc. and ColorVision Inc., a Datacolor company, announced the LCD/CRT Spyder, the newest member of the PANTONE® COLORVISION™ product line. The LCD/CRT Spyder is the next generation of the award-winning CRT Spyder. The new Spyder is an all-digital, seven-filter colorimeter that supports both LCD and CRT monitors.

"Although there has been significant adoption of LCD screens over CRT monitors, it has been notoriously difficult to calibrate the LCD screens due to their inherent physical nature," said Richard Herbert, president of Pantone. "With the advent of the new LCD/CRT Spyder, LCD monitor calibration and profiling are now an affordable reality."

"The new LCD/CRT Spyder is a significant improvement over the CRT Spyder developed last year," added Brian Levey, vice president of ColorVision. "Our customers will be pleased with the way we solved the attachment problem, the accuracy of the calibration and, of course, the price."

The LCD/CRT Spyder has eight sensors and seven 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. The appearance details complement Apple's high-tech displays.

The LCD/CRT Spyder also has a unique light channel that limits the effect of off-axis light when calibrating LCDs. Additionally, the software recognizes and compensates for the greater variety of response curve shapes when bringing LCDs into calibration.

The LCD/CRT Spyder is supported by either PhotoCAL™ or OptiCAL™ software. PhotoCAL walks the enthusiast through a series of simple steps to deliver precise color in the widest range your monitor is capable of producing. OptiCAL provides the demanding user with 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, information windows, monitor focus and geometry and uniformity correction utilities.

System Requirements, Pricing and Availability
The LCD/CRT Spyder with PhotoCAL has a suggested retail price of $288 and includes the Spyder colorimeter, PhotoCAL software, Adobe® Photoshop® Elements, PANTONE Swatch Libraries for Adobe Photoshop Elements and the PANTONE ColorVision pocket guide. The LCD/CRT Spyder with OptiCAL has a suggested retail price of $388 and includes the Spyder colorimeter, OptiCAL software, Adobe Photoshop Elements, PANTONE Swatch Libraries for Adobe Photoshop Elements and the PANTONE ColorVision pocket guide. Both products will be available October 22 from Pantone (www.pantone.com) and ColorVision (www.colorvision.com). System requirements include a CRT or LCD monitor; Mac OS 8.6 to 9.x or Windows® 98/2000/ME; and USB.

About Pantone, Inc.
Pantone, Inc., developer of the globally accepted PANTONE Color Systems, is the leading source of traditional and electronic products for the selection and accurate communication of color. With more than 38 years of experience, Pantone is recognized as the worldwide market leader in color communication and color technology for the graphic design, printing, publishing, textile and plastics industries. More information is available at www.pantone.com and www.therightcolor.com.

About ColorVision Inc. and Datacolor
Headquartered in Rochester, N.Y., ColorVision Inc., a Datacolor company, is dedicated to providing affordable, simple-to-use products for digital color control to creative professionals, photographers, corporate B2B customers and consumers. More information is available at www.colorvision.com. Headquartered in Lawrenceville, New Jersey, Datacolor, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Eichhof Holdings Inc., provides color management and communications technologies for the textile, plastics, paint and coatings and ink and printing industries. For the past 30 years, the company has been a pioneer in color technology and operates a worldwide sales and support network covering more than 60 countries. More information is available at www.datacolor.com.

All trademarks used herein are the property of Pantone, Inc. © Pantone, Inc., 2001

 

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