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05/16/2009 07:34:58 AM · #1
I was wondering if anyone can help. I have just got a new macbook pro. Still trying to get use to the system.
I have a question about profiling the screen. I have a Spyder 2 (which I used without hic ups on my pc laptop). But I am unsure regarding the mac. It appears to have some sort of calibration device built in. How do I disable it (or do I need to)? On windows I simply moved the Adobe Gamma then used the spyder. Is there anything I have to do with the mac ? If I simply use the spyder will there be some sort of crossed communication from the macs calibration and the spyder ? I know this sounds rather basic - but as I said I'm still getting use to the system.
I must admit, after using windows for 10 years or more I am not finding the mac OS as "easy" as people make out. Not easier - just different, therefore having to learn a new system.
Also, is there a way of filling the screen space ( without decreasing the monitor resolution) ? In windows you could fill the screen space , even by just dragging the corners,(without decreasing the monitor resolution) but on the mac the only way I can find to fill the screen (I have the 15 inch screen) is by decreasing the resolution - and even then it doesn't fill the whole screen and at the lower resolution looks bloody horrible.
I'm sure there are ways around these issues and thought someone might point me in the right direction.

Message edited by author 2009-05-16 07:36:16.
05/16/2009 10:35:51 AM · #2
Did this same thing at the beginning of the year, same machine. You WILL love your Mac and never look back. Curious...there is a User's Guide on your MBP...go to Macintosh HD, click and then click on User's Guide...it explains everything...then there is the Apple link on your toolbar.

There are a couple of great Mac users on this site. I'm not yet one of them, but it's a starting point. You can resize your spaces/windows with the little diagonal point on the bottom right of each one. This controls both width and height. Try this and report back...on your Mac. Good luck!
05/16/2009 06:05:11 PM · #3
Thanks
Have you profiled your screen ? Any advice ?
05/16/2009 06:05:28 PM · #4
Thanks
Have you profiled your screen ? Any advice ?
09/04/2009 09:22:03 AM · #5
I'm digging up this question again (sorry) - but I'm still having difficulties profiling my monitor.
I read somewhere that you needed to adjust the brightness level up to maximum and then profile. I'm using a spyder 2 .
The colours seem ok - but the screen looks too bright for my taste - but I'm wondering if I'll muck up the profiling by turning it down. does anyone know ?
It is a 15inch macbook pro (bought in May - so it's the one just before the current one).
I'm setting the gamma on 2.2 - leaving the light point to native - selecting backlight as type - setting the brightness to maximum (I don't know if this is the factory default and I wouldn't know how to get it back anyway).

Anyone profiling a macbook pro ? Exactly how are you doing it ?
Any help appreciated.
09/04/2009 10:09:18 AM · #6
Don't set your brightness to maximum (that was an old recommendation for CRT monitors). My iMac was actually too bright even at the lowest setting, and I had to use a 3rd party utility to dim it further. I'm not that familiar with the Spyder, but there should be some guidance for brightness levels with that software. Once you create a color profile, you tell your display to use that profile in System Preferences > Displays > Color (most calibration software should do this automatically).
09/04/2009 07:25:39 PM · #7
Thanks Shannon
There's not really any guidance for brightness in the software (just seems to be all automatic) but I'll have a play at putting the brightness down and re-profiling. I'm downloading a newer version of the software (2007 ?) that sets the white point to 6500 (instead of native). I'll see if that makes a difference.
Funny actually - anything to do with profiling and the recommendation is "if you muck up set the monitor back to default". I wouldn't know how to put anything back to default.
I didn't seem to have as much difficulty with my win machines - but I hope I can get this sorted out as I do most of my editing on my laptop.
09/04/2009 07:32:18 PM · #8
I used the Spyder 2 on my iMac without a hitch. It was a few months ago so I don't remember all the details steps, but i just walked through it the way the on screen guide told me to. I think there was a software update I needed to do first, but again, no problem. I also agree about the monitor being too bright -- I have mine at the lowest setting.
09/04/2009 07:45:26 PM · #9
Peter
Did you set the brightness level to low before or after you did the profile ? You cannot play with the brightness after you have profiled - right ?

Message edited by author 2009-09-04 19:47:18.
09/04/2009 09:09:56 PM · #10
I have used macs for years, never profiled it, not sure it really needs to be done, especially when it is brand new
09/04/2009 10:08:52 PM · #11
Originally posted by ellamay:

I have used macs for years, never profiled it, not sure it really needs to be done, especially when it is brand new

Yes, you should profile your Mac even a new one. Color accuracy is reasonable by default, but they tend to ship way too bright, and a little on the cool side. A mass produced ColorSync profile cannot account for the natural variables of individual monitors.
09/04/2009 10:10:15 PM · #12
Originally posted by scalvert:

Originally posted by ellamay:

I have used macs for years, never profiled it, not sure it really needs to be done, especially when it is brand new

Yes, you should profile your Mac even a new one. Color accuracy is reasonable by default, but they tend to ship way too bright, and a little on the cool side. A mass produced ColorSync profile cannot account for the natural variables of individual monitors.


Funny, I found my display a little too yellow by default, after I calibrated it cooled down a touch and looks a lot better. But I agree you definitely have to calibrate them!
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