Update: The Spyder5 Software Upgrades have been discontinued. Spyder5 has been replaced by the new SpyderX.
Datacolor has recently launched an exciting upgrade for our line of Spyder5 display calibration tools. This upgrade adds a number of useful features to make calibration more effective and convenient. We call this upgrade Spyder5+.
The Spyder5+ software upgrade is available if you own a Spyder5. There are two Spyder5 Plus software versions: Spyder5PRO+ and Spyder5ELITE+. Below are the upgrade paths:
|Spyder5EXPRESS||> Spyder5PRO+ or the Spyder5ELITE+|
|Spyder5PRO||> Spyder5PRO+ or the Spyder5ELITE+|
Spyder5PRO+ adds Automatic Room Light Switching, 1-Click Calibration, and a Profile Management Tool. Spyder5ELITE+ includes the features from the Spyder5PRO+, Soft Proofing/Device Simulation and the Updated StudioMatch.
Spyder5+ – New and Unique Features
We are proud and excited about Spyder5+. It represents our continued commitment to provide innovative products that makes color accuracy predictable and consistent. Let’s take a look at the new features of Spyder5+.
Automatic Room Light Switching
The viewing environment of a display is an important factor to consider when selecting the proper calibration settings. For example, the recommended White Point and Luminance can vary based on the volume of light in a room. Also, if you are aiming for the best consistency from screen to print it is important to set the Luminance to a specific value; commonly recommended between 100 and 120 cd/m2. In general, an environment where the lighting is subdued and the display is the brightest light source is best.
However, it is not always possible to control your lighting environment. Automatic Room Light Switching utilizes the ambient light detector on the front of a Spyder sensor to measure your lighting environment and automatically maintain the profile best suited for the environment. The Spyder software will take room light measurements at select intervals and switch them when an average of these readings indicate a different profile is superior.
Automatic Room Light Switching is selected during calibration within the Room Light menu on the Calibration Settings screen. During the calibration process, the Spyder5+ software will generate multiple profiles that correspond to various lighting environments. To use this feature, the Spyder5 sensor must remain connected to the computer and placed near the display with the lens cap in place. The frequency that the Spyder sensor measures the lighting environment can be set within the SpyderUtility.
1-Click Calibration adds even more speed and convenience to Spyder5. This feature utilizes the settings of the previous calibration to launch directly into a calibration. All you will need to do is plug in your Spyder5 sensor, place it within the outline on the display you wish to calibrate and begin the calibration.
1-Click Calibration is added to the SpyderUTILITY of Spyder5+. After an initial calibration has been performed, a shortcut appears to launch the Spyder5+ software directly to the Calibration screen.
Often times, calibration settings remain identical for each calibration. 1-Click Calibration streamlines the process to make calibration more efficient.
Profile Management Tool
Also found within the SpyderUTILITY, the new Profile Management Tool adds a unified method for working with display profiles on Windows and Macintosh Operating Systems. This feature provides flexibility to perform changes and updates from a single location.
The Profile Management Tool adds the control to select the display profile you would like active, change the name of a profile, delete a profile, duplicate or to see the profile within the profile folder on your hard drive. Besides working with profiles, this new tool offers information about a selected profile
Soft Proofing/Device Simulation
Soft Proofing/Device Simulation will give you a preview of how an image will look on paper or on another device. Previews can be generated for a home printer, retail printer and certain tablet devices.
Soft Proof should be a familiar term for those who print. This process renders a preview of an image on a particular paper by using the ICC printer profile for the paper and printer combination when viewed on a calibrated monitor. Simply put, an ICC printer profile instructs the printer how to print on a particular paper. ICC profiles can be made with a tool like SpyderPRINT. Paper manufacturers often have general ICC profiles for their papers available. ICC profiles are also available for download when printing through many retail printers.
Soft Proofing takes into account how the paper will influence the look of an image. It also identifies which colors are out of gamut or outside the range of printable color for the paper and printer combination. Since various papers influence an image differently, this step can help identify a paper that is a good match for an image.
Device Simulation uses profiles for common tablet devices. Like Soft Proof, this feature shows how an image will appear when viewed elsewhere.
StudioMatch is the industry exclusive tool to allow for better matching between multiple displays connected to a single computer or multiple computers. Our eyes are extremely capable of identifying a difference in multiple light sources when placed next to each other. Multiple displays can measure correctly but the age of a display and the type of backlight can lead to a perceived mismatch. StudioMatch can be used to find common settings to provide the best match. Included with the updated StudioMatch is a visual verification step to fine tune the results.
StudioMatch is found on the Workflow selection screen in Spyder5ELITE+. Displays and their configuration are selected then measured to find their maximum Brightness (Luminance). A Brightness setting is recommended that each display can achieve. If StudioMatch is performed to match displays on multiple computers, a StudioMatch target is created and shared between computers.
The final step in StudioMatch is a visual verification. This allows for manual adjustment, if needed, of the profile for the secondary display(s) to fine tune the results. This process can overcome the physical differences in any display so consistency is achieved.
How to Upgrade
The Spyder5+ upgrades can be purchased in the current software for Spyder5 (version 5.1 as of this post) or on the Datacolor website. Once purchased, you will receive a new serial number that will unlock the Spyder5+ features within the current software for Spyder5. Use the Software Activation selection in the Help menu for Windows or by clicking on the name Spyder5(Express, Pro or Elite) next to the Apple icon. Activate with the new serial number and the new Spyder5+ features will be activated.