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X-Rite's logo. Click here to visit the X-Rite website! X-Rite ColorChecker Passport software updated (UPDATED)
(Monday, June 28, 2010 - 17:52 EDT)

X-Rite has issued an updated software release for use with its ColorChecker Passport profiling tool.

The X-Rite ColorChecker Passport software v1.0.2 improves patch detection, and eliminates errors caused when the luminance of light-colored patches meets or exceeds the luminance of the white patch. It also improves color extraction, allowing the creation of more accurate profiles. Finally, ColorChecker Passport v1.0.2 corrects an issue with the profile name dialog when using the Export with Preset function in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3, and officially makes ColorChecker Passport compatible with the latest Lightroom release.

The X-Rite ColorChecker Passport consists of a rugged plastic case which contains three targets -- ColorChecker White Balance, ColorChecker Classic, and ColorChecker Creative Enhancement. The case not only shields the targets from the effects of UV light and the elements, but also serves as a stand to help position the targets in a scene. A lanyard is included to keep the ColorChecker Passport close to hand, and to assist in positioning of targets. X-Rite's standalone ColorChecker Passport Desktop application and Lightroom plugin both allow creation of DNG profiles for use in an Adobe RAW processing workflow.

The ColorChecker Passport kit is available for both Windows and Macintosh photographers, and priced at around $100.

Several X-Rite ColorChecker Passports shown along with the bundled software CD. Photo provided by X-Rite. Click for a bigger picture!

Several X-Rite ColorChecker Passports shown along with the bundled software CD.
Photo provided by X-Rite.

UPDATED 2010-07-07 13:27ET: Added the official press release.

Original Source Press Release:

X-Rite Announces Free ColorChecker Passport Software Update

Software version 1.0.2 now fully compatible with Adobe® Photoshop® Lightroom® 3

Elmsford, NY – July 7, 2010 – X-Rite Photo Marketing announces that a free software update is now available for the ColorChecker Passport. ColorChecker Passport combines three photographic targets into one pocket-sized protective, self-standing case that adjusts to any scene. Together with the included camera calibration software, photographers get the ultimate in functionality, flexibility and portability.

New features of ColorChecker Passport software v1.0.2 include the following:

  • Now fully compatible with Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3

  • Improved color extraction for better profile accuracy

  • Improved patch detection (eliminates errors in cases where the luminance of light-colored patches meets or exceeds the luminance of the white patch)

“X-Rite knows how important color accuracy and responsive workflow is for professional photographers,” said Mark Rezzonico, Vice President, MAC Group/X-Rite Photo Marketing. “That’s why ColorChecker Passport software was updated the same month Lightroom 3 was made available and is free to our customers.”

Instructions on how to update ColorChecker Passport software is available on the X-Rite Photo blog site at: http://blog.xritephoto.com/?p=2203

About the X-Rite ColorChecker Passport
X-Rite’s ColorChecker Passport device is a powerful “capture to edit” color solution for any photographer looking for more accurate, consistent color and creative flexibility in their digital photography Raw workflow. And when combined with software controls found in Adobe Imaging solutions, photographers can gain even greater workflow benefits by significantly reducing their digital image processing time.

With the included ColorChecker Passport Camera Calibration Application and Lightroom Plug-In, shooters can quickly and easily build camera profiles for Adobe Imaging solutions including Lightroom, Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, Camera Raw (ACR) and Bridge.

This advanced profiling technology provides excellent results with just a small 24-patch ColorChecker Classic target, producing camera profiles that work exceptionally well, even in unusual artificial light sources. Whether shooting with just one camera, or multiple cameras, photographers can easily establish an accurate color foundation and accurately maintain control of their colors.

Supported operating systems: Windows XP, Vista and 7; Mac OSX 10.5 and 10.6
Supported languages: EFIGS+J+C+P

About X-Rite
X-Rite is the global leader in color science and technology. The company, which includes color industry leader PANTONE Inc., develops, manufactures, markets and supports innovative color solutions through measurement systems, software, color standards and services.

For more information regarding this program, visit www.XritePhoto.com. For X-Rite corporate information visit www.xrite.com.

The X-Rite ColorChecker Passport is distributed by Elmsford, NY-based MAC Group www.MACgroupUS.com.

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