ColorVision Spyder2express By Datacolor- Brand-New Delivery Of Affordable, Easy, And Accurate Monitor Calibration To Photographers And Designers

LAWRENCEVILLE, NJ – FEBRUARY 23, 2006 – Datacolor, an internationally known name in color technology, introduces ColorVision® Spyder2express™–"Quick, easy, accurate monitor calibration" for studio-quality images on screen. It calibrates CRT, LCD, and notebook displays and creates ICC-compliant profiles for under $100 – a price everyone can afford. An all-new package in the ColorVision by Datacolor portfolio of products, ColorVision Spyder2 express represents the next generation of the world's most recognizable and honored brand in color calibration technology, the iconic Spyder2. It offers digital imaging enthusiasts and graphic users alike the ability to reproduce accurate, reliable and consistent color nuances on their monitors. They now can easily and accurately produce onscreen true-to-life flesh tones, welldefined shadows and realistic highlights.

"More people understand and care about neutral grays, accurate flesh tones, shadow detail and highlights. Digital photos now need to have perfect color to be acceptable. In response, we've combined two powerful ColorVision trademarks – ease-of-use and accuracy – (This image is: Spyder2_Hang_MED.tif) in the new Express. It incorporates a staple of many ColorVision products, our wizard-driven software, so it's easy to use whether you are a creative professional or digital enthusiast. At the same time, express users get to use the same Spyder2 that the pros use. The Spyder2 and its advanced algorithms work behind the scenes to give the best color experience possible. This technology has won so many awards for color clarity around the world that it has become a virtual icon in the industry. Now, we are bringing it to the enthusiast's digital darkroom at an exceptional price point," Datacolor Vice President Brian Levey explains.

GETTING COLOR RIGHT

ColorVision Spyder2 Express ensures accurate, reliable and consistent color – day-to-day and image-to-image – so colors look their best and brightest. Both Mac and Windows compatible, it produces a wide range of dynamic colors with exceptional flesh tones, well-defined shadows and realistic highlights. The software includes unlimited seat site licenses for multiple displays; plus Adobe® Photoshop® Album for organizing and editing photos for Windows users.

The number one expert tip for great prints is a calibrated monitor. The inventive Spyder2express offers photographers, home users, digital enthusiasts, graphic designers, and gamers the ability to create studio-quality images on screen. The entry-level color calibration product is driven by an intuitive wizard software and graphical user interface that offers users a few simple steps to calibrate and profile their monitors. Sophisticated programming automatically reproduces exceptional visual nuances – including gray balance, tone, and highlights for optimal imaging on LCD screens. So even novices save time, ink and paper by printing photos right the first time with less trial and error.

Adobe® Photoshop® Album Starter Edition (Windows Only) comes bundled with the new Spyder2express– (WITHOUT CHARGE). This popular package fixes common flaws like "Red-Eye" and is useful for a host of tasks such as cropping images, and quickly finding and sharing photos.

AWARD-WINNING & COST-EFFECTIVE The latest Spyder2express is part of the ColorVision by Datacolor portfolio of products which includes ColorVision® Spyder2 Suite™ and ColorVision® Spyder2PRO™ V 2.2. Like all products in the line, express utilizes the award-winning Spyder2 colorimeter to ensure accurate color. The sensor connects to a c via USB and is then attached to a CRT/LCD monitor during the color calibration process.

The Spyder2 color technology has received accolades from prestigious digital technology editors and magazines worldwide. Since it was introduced in late 2004, Spyder 2 has received: 4.5 out of five mice for Apple operating systems in SVM Mac (France), MacWorld (USA and UK); The Best of Monitor Calibration Systems in Chasseur d' images (France) and InfoWeek Testsiger (Switzerland); Worldwide Editors Choice Awards in PC Tipp (Switzerland), PC Photo and American Photo (USA); and Reader's Choice (professional) Awards in Photo Processing and Imaging (USA). PC Go (Germany) cited the Spyder2 a the Best Performance winner in 2005 and s FHM (UK) gave Best of Hardware. (For a full awards list click here) (This image is: SPY2express_hi_spyder.jpg)

Support and Services

As with all Spyder2 products ColorVision Spyder2express offers a two-year hardware warranty and unlimited, e-mail and telephone support (WITHOUT CHARGE). As updated software is released, registered owners with a valid serial number can download upgrades (WITHOUT CHARGE) from the ColorVision Web site at http://www.colorvision.com/sup.shtml

System Requirements

Spyder2: OSX 10.3 or better, or Windows® 2000 or XP. Spyder2express: is available in 9 languages – English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, and Chinese (Traditional and Simplified) - Spyder2express is an affordable tool for digital imagers and enthusiasts that quickly calibrates monitors to produce stunning color in a few easy steps.

Pricing and Availability ColorVision Spyder2express, bundled with Adobe® Photoshop® Album Starter Edition will be available in March in the U.S. and has a US manufacturers' suggested retail price (MSRP) of $99. It can be found for less at many resellers like–ADORAMA, B&H, CDW, CompUSA, FRY's, J&R, MICRO CENTER, and others. The ColorVision by Datacolor portfolio of products is also available from www.colorvision.com

About Datacolor

ColorVision by Datacolor technology provides affordable, easy-to-use digital color control products to creative professionals, photographers, corporate customers and consumers around the world. Because color matters, leading businesses, creative professionals, and consumers worldwide choose Datacolor's innovative technology solutions to consistently achieve the right color. A Swiss-held company, Datacolor's strong worldwide presence encompasses global manufacturing and operational facilities with an international strategic network of sales and support offices. For more product information visit www.colorvision.com Editorial note – for product images (click here) For editorial questions, please contact: Charlé-John Cafiero, CJC Strategists, (212) 674-0848. ColorVision_PR@earthlink.net