Datacolor SpyderPRINT

Datacolor SpyderPRINT

Datacolor SpyderPRINT

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  • Create Printer, Ink & Paper Profiles
  • Step-by-Step Process
  • Soft-Proofing Tool
  • Extensive Editing Functions
  • Adjustable Profiles
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Datacolor SpyderPRINT overview

  • 1Description

Datacolor's SpyderPRINT allows photographers, designers and imaging professionals to manage the color of their print output -- it's a great tool for print matching and can reduce the amount of paper and ink used in the long run.

By selecting any combination of printer, ink and media in the software, SpyderPRINT provides a full assortment of tools. You'll be able to create any number of custom profiles to ICC standards. After installing the software, you can print your choice of targets with your printer and then use the SpyderGuide device to guide you through the process to calibrate and build a profile.

The SpyderProof feature provides a series of images to help you evaluate details and compare it with your images. Additionally, you can adjust profile settings to get the best possible printed output for images.

Please note! SpyderPRINT builds RGB ICC profiles. Please check with the manufacturer of your laser printer of the developer of your RIP software to determine if your laser printer or RIP is compatible with RGB format ICC profiles.

Profiling Speed and Accuracy
The spectrocolorimeter gives you custom profiles in minutes with EZ targets for color and black and white. The SpyderGuide device provides convenience in reading the printed targets to help you create profiles easily and accurately
Intuitive Profiling Software
The step-by-step process affords improved usability. The program makes it easy to follow the calibration of the targets and help you build a profile
This function gives you a series of carefully selected images to evaluate detail with a photographer's point of view. This feature is available for each unique printer profile that you create, providing you with a soft-proofing tool that is invaluable in managing your printed output
Total Control
Advanced controls are included in the Color and Black & White Tinting curves in your Image Editor, which allows you to apply adjustments to the profile rather than to each individual image. The Extended Grays Target allows you to add precision gray and near-gray data to profiles, enhancing the quality of tinted and black and white prints
Extensive Editing Functions
Flexible target options and high patch profiling targets produce gallery-quality prints in color or black and white. Easily select prebuilt or custom sets of advanced profile settings to produce profiles with specific combinations of highlight and shadow tint, details and neutrality settings
UPC: 875720001244
In the Box
Datacolor SpyderPRINT
  • SpyderGuide
  • 6' (1.8 m) USB Cable
  • SpyderPRINT Software CD
  • Quick Start Guide (in 10 Languages)
  • Free Online Support
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty for Countries of the EU
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    Datacolor SpyderPRINT specs

    System Requirements Windows 7, 8/8.1, 10 (32/64-bit)
    Mac OS X 10.7, 10.8, 10.9, 10.10, 10.11
    Powered USB Port
    Color monitor resolution 1024×768 or greater
    16-bit video card (24-bit recommended)
    128 MB of available RAM
    100 MB of available hard disk space
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 1.65 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 14.0 x 7.2 x 3.0"

    Datacolor SpyderPRINT reviews

    SpyderPRINT is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 12.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Waited Too Long to Get This! Very pleased with the results of using this piece of gear. I've used the Spyder for years to calibrate my monitors but there's always that disconnect between what the monitor shows and what actually comes out of the printer (no two of the same printers output exactly the same and there can be slight differences in batches of ink and paper). I always managed to get the colors and tones close by printing and adjusting, printing and adjusting... Now, that I created ICC profiles with SpyderPrint which are specific to my paper, ink and printer combination I'm saving of time, paper and ink. If you do a lot of printing, you really need to get one of these!
    Date published: 2012-10-26
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Calibrate your Printor to your Monitor SpyderPRINT arrived and I installed the software which came with the kit. I had already calibrated my Ben! monitor with my Spyder5 monitor calibrator which was compatible with my monitor software. I then printed out the test image on my selected photo paper. After that I used the optical sensor to read each of the color patches produced. this is the one area which takes some practice to move the sensor at the proper speed to read each color patch. Once this was done, What I see on my monitor is what prints out on my printer with that paper. you need to create a separate profile for each type of paper you use.
    Date published: 2016-05-22
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works on Windows 10 But Not Without a Knowledge of the OS DC Technical Support is useless. The issues with using this are embedded in Windows 10 control panel and the new Color Management. Not only do you have to change the config in the printer driver and your Image software i.e., Photoshop, you also have to go into the Windows 10 Color Management and disable Windows color management for the given device before you even start. Without doing this, the spectrophotometer gives periodic errors. You have to then import your generated profiles into this cache, which doesn't recognize the profiles in the directory until you import them. To get it to work properly, you have to assign in Photoshop, but you also have to tell the OS about the profile or it will still fail.
    Date published: 2015-11-30
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from DataColor SpyderPRINT Review Finally, a device that is not limited to a small range of printers, some of which are obsolete. The device software is a little confusing at first, and easy to use after numerous trials. There is a lengthy learning curve in using the target measuring device due to: 1. The cord on the measuring device is stiff causing occasional erratic movements 2. The measuring device bears slightly on the printed target, sometimes causing irregular movement when scanning along the lines of patches 3. The instructions should include more information on printer driver settings to be applied prior to printing the targets and scanning. Result and conclusion: It takes a lot of time to learn how to properly use the device, as well as using a lot of ink and paper. However, the final results are really worth the effort!
    Date published: 2016-09-29
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Has Corrected My Printing Problems Have always had an issue with printing blue colors - just never looked right no matter what the paper or profile I used. Did not matter where I printed from (PS or LR). Now I have generated my own profiles for all my papers and all is well!Do need to let the test pages fully dry before scanning (24+ hours)I use the largest number of color patches (729) plus extended gray tones - which uses (4) 8-1/2 X 11 sheets for the 'classic' targets or (9) sheets for the 'EZ' targets. So each profile does consume some printing resources - but trial and error printing and proofing time and wastes are dramatically reduced.The EZ proof targets are larger and easy to scan a line at a time with the guide - but use a lot of ink and paper - especially expensive high end paper. The classic targets are much smaller - and I was not able to routinely auto scan by line - so I scanned by individual patch using the guide. This takes longer (40 minutes for me) but the savings in paper and ink and the quality of the results are worth it.You are also able to edit or modify any generated profile using the typical proofing photos provided in the package.Canon Pixma Pro 9500 IIAsus Pro Art
    Date published: 2013-06-29
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Tough to make it work properly on Epson This product does its job for sure, however you should be prepared to surprises and work hard to make it work.The first item I received from B&H was defective (unfortunately). It used to read violet colors as blue and therefore all blues on images were printed as violet. Data Color support proved to be totally useless. I got first answer from them in more than a week since I sent the question. Further correspondence from them was like Are you 100% sure that your printer is not broken? .. Could you print the test patches again send XML file to us and also include print screen with your printer settings.. You have to ensure you do your print pattern check to ensure all the colors are printed properly; & on and on and on. that was going on for a good three weeks or so. Based on this I understood that DataColor support consider customers being idiots, who does not know where the computer power button is. Fortunately, B&H replaced defective devise which now seems to work OK. I used it with cheap presentation paper form Staples store ($$per 100 sheets double sided glossy) on Epson Stylus Photo 1400 loaded with ink from Ink supply web store. (Just for experimental purposes).The best results with the SpyderPrint I was able to achieve the following way:1. Created profile for my paper using saturation intent with the following printer settings: Ultra-Premium Photo Glossy paper, Speed Print OFF, Photo RPM, Edge smoothing OFF, ICM OFF;2. Converted my image to Epson Generic Profile that comes with Photoshop, or profile for high quality paper that comes with printer driver 'SP1400 1410 PGPP'. This action shifted all the colors on my image in the printer gamut area. Photoshop did not show any colors out of gamut anymore;3. Printed with settings Photoshop manages colors, Profile generated in (1), with printer settings also as in (1).No matter what else I did, the described method gave me the highest print quality. I can recommend this device to only people who know more or less software and hardware capabilities and who prepared to spend time investigating all the possible options. Personally I printed 15 times the same print with different settings to discover that the path above gives the prints, colorwse closest to those you see on calibrated screen.
    Date published: 2014-02-10
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent way to save time & paper and get great prints I use this product to calibrate my Epson Photo printers for a variety of papers. I use Spyder5 Elite for monitor calibration, an absolute must before any printer calibration can be done. The SpyderPRINT worked perfectly out of the box. Although no real instructions are included with the device, all downloads and full instructions are available from the Datacolor website, along with many webinars. The device is used to scan, with an included spectrophotometer hooked to your computer with a provided USB cable, color patches printed out of your printer on your specific paper. These are called targets. A variety of test targets, as they're called, can be used. I use the classic target with separate grays, 2 sheets. Once printed, you then use the hand-held spectrophotometer to scan the printed color and gray target patches by row from top to bottom Two modes are offered, strip and patch. Strip mode allows you to slide the spectrophotometer across each row at the appropriate rate. This is faster if you can achieve a steady pace. An optional guide is included that is placed over the target print and into which rests the spectrophotometer, allowing for easier left-to right movement. Move the guide down to the next lower row as each row measured. I prefer patch mode, which allows you to measure each patch individually. You reposition the spectrophotometer for each patch's measurement. The software is set up to move to the next patch in a row from left to right. When measurement of that row is complete, the first (lefthand patch) in the next row down is selected for measurement. Using either arrow keys or the cursor allows you to select individual patches for re-measurement should the need arise. Once the targets are read you're given the opportunity to review the measurements before saving the data. Then you are shown a collection of images that allow you to compare before and after appearance and to tweak the profile-to-be at either a basic or advanced level. Test prints can be made. Once you're satisfied, you name the profile for the paper and printer and save it. It's automatically saved to the proper location You can bring up any saved profile for re-tweking and can save the changes or save tie changes as a new profile, such as with a different rendering intent. The software is a for dummies type in that it guides you from one step to the next. I have found a significant improvement in image output using the custom tailored profiles for this printer with my papers. The device has worked fine so far. It's been well worth the purchase and I would recommend it to anyone who already calibrates his monitors and who wants to go to the next step to total printed image control.
    Date published: 2015-10-26
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from SpyderPRINT is a great upgrade from their previous units. In just replaced my Epson R2400 with an Epson P600. In the past I have I used the print profiles provided by Epson to deal with color management. However, the profiles provided for the P600 did not work well. I purchased the SpyderPrint unit and the color matching to the monitor was excellent at the first use. Only minor tweeking was needed to the profile. The only difficulty I had with the unit was getting the proper speed of the colorimeter when sliding it across the patches. Many redoes were required.
    Date published: 2016-11-09
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