Calibrate to improve your Alu Macbook screen

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  1. Salaryman Ryan

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    Just a heads up to the Aluminum Macbook folks. We know that the Alu Macbook screen maybe better then the old Macbooks but still seem to lack contrast and look a bit washed out. (Especially compaired to the Air and almighty Macbook Pro)

    Well, I've been looking around and stumbled in a macrumors.com thread where several contributors posted their software/hardware calibrated profiles. With my cousin's new 2.0 unibody Macbook as a guinea pig, I tried several of the profiles and noticed that it actually improves the overall quality of the Macbook's screen!

    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=588431

    My favorite profile is PStube's contribution (Found in post #9). It vastly improved my cousin's washed out Macbook screen. The difference is almost like night and day - at least for me (Though my cousin agrees with me wholeheartedly . Just a small disclaimer however, the Macbooks use different panels from different manufacturers so what works for one won't necessary work for another.

    Nevertheless, try it out guys and post back your feedback!
     
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    Thanks for the link! PStube's profile was a little too dark for me. I'm currently using TxMacAddict's profile (post # 56). Its sort of in between the default profile and the PStube's
     
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    wow... thanks for shairing this.... i used supercal to calibrate my macbook's lcd, and i love the result.... :cool:
     
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    Ah, thanks this is a nice profile! I actually visited A.shop in Podium a few hours ago and tested the Profiles on some of their display Macbooks. It seems universally TxMacAddict's profile was the nicest.

    With the Alu Macbook screen properly calibrated, the Macbook now looks almost (and I said "almost") as good as the Macbook Pro. Of course, calibration still does not change the narrower viewing angle of the Macbook's screen.
     
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    Any profile for the white Macbooks? Or can I also use this? Or is this exclusively for the Aluminum models only?
     
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    The thread I linked to was only for the Alu Macbooks. Try doing a google search you might find something. :)
     
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    Applied TxMacAddict's color profile and it seems that it's the best profile of all.

    Thanks for posting this! Cheers!
     
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    Did the same, use TxMacAddict's profile. Great improvement.
     
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    This is a good solution Salaryman Ryan. Great find.

    However, to those using their Macbooks for Photo editing and proofing, nothing beats a hardware calibration. As calibrating is dependent on the quality and quantity of light where you did your calibration.

    But this is the best solution for a regular use of your macbook aluminum. :)
     
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    i tried TxMacAddict's profile and i'm satisfied:)
     
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    I believe that several of the good profiles in that thread were produced through some sort of hardware calibration so its all good. :)

    As for professional proofing, even the relatively gorgeous Macbook Pros panel screens are not suited for this task. My friend who is a Photographer and a Macbook Pro user, uses a well calibrated Apple 20 inch Cinema Display to do his final proofing.
     
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    Thanks for the link Salaryman Ryan! :)

    I had a hard time trying to find out how to determine my panel model, til I found a thread in the same forum.

    To those who don't know yet, here's a summary:
    • in the color tab of your display panel, select the Color LCD profile
    • click on the Open Profile button
    • highlight line 13 MMOD in the list box and it will display the panel manufacturer and model code below
     
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    Thank you for posting this:) pstube's profile works well for me.
     
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    nice info's brothers! i'll try that one later... i already download the supercal and printed the instructions..but just want to ask if i try to use txtmacaddicts "spyder2macbook", do i still need follow the instructions in supercal?

    thanks guys for posting this thread! :)
     
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    No need to download supercal if you're going to use TxMacAddict's profile

    Just drag the file to the designated folder and select it on system pref
     
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    woah! thanks for the info greenie.. i actually read the instructions in the supercal and they said to download the attached zip file profile.. i'm confused now señor..

    so i just need to drag the file from txtmacaddict to the designated folder, select it in the sys pref and wolah.. thats it?
     
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    Yup. That's it :)
     
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    thanks greenie.. i'll try that one later.. nasa office pa kasi ako.. i didnt brought my macbook. thanks anyways! :)
     
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    hey greenie, just a quick question : i actually tried to download TxMacAddict attachment and i saw 2 files in the zip file (Spyder2macbook.icc and ._Sypder2macbook.icc).. what do i choose? i don't wanna mess up kasi! mahirap na! hehehe! :)
     

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