My look at the i1 product line has taken course over several articles that began with the i1 Basic; in this installment I am going to look at the i1 Scanner Module Upgrade Module.
The goal of this module is to build a custom profile that you can use when working with your scanner.
There are two fundamental paths that you can take with the i1 line: i1 Basic and the i1 XTreme. The i1 Basic — which is marketed as an affordable, upgradeable, professional spectral color measurement solution and monitor profiler — will allow you to add on additional features as you need them. Once you own the i1 Basic, you own the capabilities of the other modules, you only need to purchase an access code to activate them. Here I will look at the ease of use of the i1 Scanner Module Upgrade Module. This will enable the i1Match software to calibrate and profile your scanner, and will allow you to accurately match the colors that your scanner reads with the rest of your equipment, as well as accurately represent what is displayed on you monitor. This module comes standard comes as a part of the i1 XTreme.
What does it take to run the i1 Basic? Either a Windows 2000, XP, or Vista PC with a 300 MHz processor or better, or Mac OS X (10.3 or higher) Power G3 or higher processor; both require a powered USB port, 128 MB RAM, and 100 MB of hard drive space.
Once you have your module installed, you need to make sure that you have your monitor calibrated as in part one of this series. With your monitor calibrated, you fire up the Eye-One Match software. When it starts up you will choose the scanner module. Please note that although there may be other modules visible, they will not be active unless have purchased the add-on functionality, or have purchased the i1 XTreme. Also note, on the right of the screen there is context-sensitive help that can guide you if you are having some problems. If you have the i1 Basic and purchased the scanner module and it is not active, make sure that your access code was properly installed.