We’re delighted to publish this article today to our Photo Tool Apps section by Martin Duerr. When working on professional precision colour work on your mobile device it’s essential for it to be color calibrated, much like a professional monitor. This app allows the images on your iPad, iPhone or Android device to be viewed with a single-color corrected gallery. I’ll let Martin explain more (foreword by Joanne Carter).
Color correction for iPad, iPhone and some Android mobile devices
Personal photo-watermarking feature
View all images loaded on iPad/iPhone in one easy to use gallery viewer – no photo importing required
Pixel level zooming abilities
Apple iPhone 3G/4/4S/5, iPad, iPad 2, iPad 3, iPad with Retina, iPad Mini, iPod Touch
Android v 3.0 and above
Mac OS X (10.4 or higher), Windows XP 32/64, Vista 32/64 or Windows 7 32/64
“To calibrate your mobile screen you will need a Spyder3 or Spyder4 from datacolor, best known for their broad range of hard and software for color matching. You will also need an app on your main workstation or laptop called “SpyderGallery Desktop”. The iPhone/iPad app is free, as well as the SpyderGallery Desktop app, which is available for Mac and Windows. There is also an app for Android users which does exactly the same. You will find the app here.
Firstly, download the Mac/Win app for your main computer here. Note that you need to run the app as an “Administrator” on a WIN machine, otherwise you can run into some trouble that the device is being recognized. I had problems on my laptop (WIN) to get it to work, so be sure you are using a rear USB slot for the Spyder 3/Spyder 4 and front USB slots could cause problems too.
Once you have installed the iOS app (or Android) and the software on your Mac or PC, start the iPad app. A screen will appear where you need to calibrate the viewer. I will go over the top icons at the end of this article, we don’t need them right now.
If you have a Spyder3 or Spyder 4 then click on the left symbol “I currently have a Spyder”, a new screen appears which is named “System setup”. Here you can download the software for your Mac / PC, if you haven’t done it before. Click OK and another screen comes up which asks you to place your Spyder hardware within the outlined shape. When you are ready click okay.
A new screen appears and ket you know that data color is doing some math. You will see the software running through several color and grey scale patterns to make your iPad to a color proven image editor.
Once you are done the original opening screen appears and lets you know that your iOS device is now calibrated. When you click on “View Photos” you can now look at all your images in a calibrated state. If you want to see the difference click on the lower right button (when opened an image) named “Calibration. You can see immediately the difference between the uncalibrated and the calibrated picture.
As mentioned before, you will see 5 icons on the top screen. The home button (only viewable when opened an image) which brings you back to the start screen, an image overly icon which brings you to a comparison screen without any additional info, the help icon which opens a content viewer with a lot of additional information about everything in the app. And last but not least the gear icon which brings you to the settings menu. The only thing that might be from interest is the watermark function, which allows you to add a watermark to your images. Text and images are allowed.
So you see that you can get a fully calibrated iPad/iPhone/Android Phone/Tablet within minutes and without any annoying manual tasks. And for sure … to know that these are the right colors will help you to value your work.