Adobe Photoshop Creative Suite 5

The release of Adobe’s Creative Suite 5 updates a number of popular applications and adds new facilities that will make is easier for professionals to ‘design and deliver’ across different media. The entire suite is available as a Master Collection, which contains Photoshop CS5 Extended, Illustrator, InDesign, Acrobat 9 Pro, Flash Catalyst, Flash Professional, Flash Builder, Dreamweaver, Fireworks, Contribute, Premiere Pro, After Effects, Soundbooth, Encore and On Location. Additional components include Bridge, Device Central and Dynamic Link. All products also integrate with Adobe CS Live online services.

Pantone hueyPRO

Superficially, Pantone’s new hueyPRO resembles the original huey that we reviewed last month. The colorimeter itself has the same structure as the original huey, with a bank of eight suckers to hold it on the screen and three apertures to allow light from the monitor to pass through to the measurement cells. The software appears to have been upgraded, with the addition of three ‘new colour patches’ that were added to 26 on the original device’s calibration process ‘for precise accuracy’.

Pantone huey

If you’ve been put off buying a colorimeter for calibrating your monitor because devices cost too much, Pantone’s huey could change your mind. The kit consists of the measurement device itself (which is roughly 100 mm long and about as thick as a marker pen), a desktop cradle, USB extension cable, a pack of two Klear Screen monitor wipes and a 100 x 100 mm ‘Micro-Chamois’ cloth. A software disk and Quick Start guide are included and it’s all packaged in a handsome double box.

GretagMacbeth Eye-One Photo

GretagMacbeth’s Eye-One Photo is designed for photographers who need consistent, reliable colour for monitors and other digital imaging equipment. It is supplied with GretagMacbeth’s Eye-One Match 3 software, a Mini ColorChecker, USB cable, ambient light measurement head, ruler for chart measurement in scan mode, scan target, monitor holders and spot colour guide. Like the Eye-One Display 2, which was reviewed in issue 24, a clip-on diffuser is included for measuring the ambient light in your working area.

Eizo FlexScan SX2262W Monitor

9.5 Rating

A high-quality widescreen monitor for advanced photo enthusiasts and professional photographers who require a controlled colour workflow.Announced in late December, Eizo’s new FlexScan SX2262W monitor has been designed for professional photographers and serious photo enthusiasts who like to produce large inkjet photo prints. Compatible with both Windows and Mac operating systems, it’s one of the few screens of its size with a native resolution of 1920 x 1200 pixels. This is higher than the 1680 x 1050-pixel native resolution of most 22-inch monitors and enables it to display roughly 30% more information in the same amount of screen space.

Eizo Flexscan S1931 Monitor

A capable LCD monitor with the controls and functionality needed for digital imaging.FlexScan monitors may be the entry-level models in Eizo’s LCD range but they offer a good cost/performance ratio for a broad range of graphic applications, including imaging. Available with a narrow matte black or grey bezel (screen surround), the FlexScan S1931 presents a simple, sober design that makes images look vibrant and provides an uncluttered viewing area.

Eizo ColorEdge CG19

A top-of-the-range monitor with performance to match.ColorEdge monitors sit at the top of Eizo’s range and are designed to provide professional image quality. At more than double the price of the FlexScan S1931 display, Eizo’s ColorEdge CG19 is targeted at professional photographers, prepress professionals and people for whom colour accuracy and fidelity are paramount. Eizo actually claims to hand-adjust every ColorEdge monitor before it leaves the factory to ensure it delivers consistently accurate, reliable colour reproduction.

ColorVision PrintFIX Pro Suite

If you’re really serious about the quality of the digital prints you make, you need to introduce colour management into your workflow. The tools required are a colorimeter for measuring the colours produced by your monitor and a spectrophotometer (or spectrocolorimeter) for measuring the colours produced by your printer. Together they enable you to make the picture you see on-screen emulate the output of your printer.