DisplayCAL is dead, time to move on, what alternative you choosed?

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  • #33538

    sblantipodi
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    As title.
    It’s now clear that DisplayCAL is dead.

    The main dev doesn’t want to open source it and a project like that can’t rely on a single man.
    This is clearly a project that doen’t need attention anymore since the last release is from 2019.

    What is a good alternative to DisplayCAL?

    What are you using right now?

    #33543

    Vincent
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    Ops, I should have wrote it here:

    Reply To: Has the development of DisplayCAL been stopped?

    There are no (free) alternatives with custom CCSS, ICC/LUT3D creation and unlocked i1d3 devices.
    There is “colorprofiler” (source forge) but it is more oriented to printing. Instead of making your own bats this tool makes them for you:
    https://sourceforge.net/projects/cprofiler2020/files/
    Also AFAIK there is no USB signed driver over 2.1.2.

    Even with “abandonware” status there is no better tool … and if there is, I wish to know:
    -xrite VCGT loader causes banding, same for basiccolor
    -basiccolor has no WLED PFS support, NONE of them
    -Spectracal/LightIllusion licenses are out of budget for 99.999% DisplayCAL users… and only LightIllusion is close to functionality available with DisplayCAL
    -Coraye is more printing oriented and licenses are not cheap.

    Maybe making your own fork of 3.8.9.3

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    #33546

    Vincent
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    Maybe making your own fork of 3.8.9.3

    A line of work may be integrating current 3.8.9.3 with new work in LeDoge’s “novideo_sRGB” to greate vendor agnostic LUT-MATRIX-LUT from Argyll output so you can offer a GPU calibration aking to HW calibration in UP Dells or CS eizos to every monitor (nvidia cards), in addition of the more complex full LUT3D supported right know by current DisplayCAL and LeDoge’s DWMLUT (all cards)

    That vendor agnostic LUT-MATRIX-LUT format could be used to upload HW calibrations to some monitor via  “modules”, using each vendor SDK DLL, but those vendor SDK DLL are old since Dell and HP remove custom lut-matrix uploading from SDK newer “public/free” versions. I see C****n shadow there…

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    #33585

    Patrick1978
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    As long as the software continues to work I see no reason to move to something else.  Especially as I am not aware of any free alternatives that come anywhere near the functionality of DisplayCAL.

    If for some reason it does stop working on Windows I could always just move back to X-Rite’s software even though it is a huge step down, or just write some scripts to use ArgyllCMS in terminal.

    #33594

    sblantipodi
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    As long as the software continues to work I see no reason to move to something else.  Especially as I am not aware of any free alternatives that come anywhere near the functionality of DisplayCAL.

    If for some reason it does stop working on Windows I could always just move back to X-Rite’s software even though it is a huge step down, or just write some scripts to use ArgyllCMS in terminal.

    our colorimeters will not last forever, new models will be released with no support from DisplayCAL. new windows releases could broke functionalities, software does not live long if not supported.

    #33595

    Vincent
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    As long as the software continues to work I see no reason to move to something else.  Especially as I am not aware of any free alternatives that come anywhere near the functionality of DisplayCAL.

    If for some reason it does stop working on Windows I could always just move back to X-Rite’s software even though it is a huge step down, or just write some scripts to use ArgyllCMS in terminal.

    our colorimeters will not last forever, new models will be released with no support from DisplayCAL. new windows releases could broke functionalities, software does not live long if not supported.

    DisplayCAL does not support colorimeters, ArgyllCMS does. DisplayCAL is mostly a GUI (although right now has other fucntionalities) to Argyllcms.
    If in near future Xrite releases a new i1d3 with different unlock code you’ll have to wait untill new Argyll is released (but v2.3 seems that can accept raw unlock code in some enviroment variable, I have not read this in detail).
    If in near future Datacolor releases a real alternative to i1d3, or if Xrite creates a new line of product, you’ll have to wait for Argyll too.

    #33694

    JREX
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    As long as the software continues to work

    It’s already broken on every distribution that has dropped Python 2, which is most of them by now.

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