DisplayCAL
DisplayCAL
3.8.8.0

3.9

DisplayCAL free download for Mac

DisplayCAL

3.8.8.0
07 November 2019

Display calibration and characterization.

Overview

DisplayCAL is a graphical user interface developed by Florian Höch for the display calibration and profiling tools of Argyll CMS, an open source color management system developed by Graeme Gill.

Calibrate and characterize your display devices using one of the many supported hardware sensors, with support for multi-display setups and a variety of available settings like customizable whitepoint, luminance, tone response curve as well as the option to create matrix and look-up-table ICC profiles, with optional gamut mapping, as well as some proprietary 3D LUT formats.

Features:
  • Support of colorimeter correction for different screens via correction matrices or calibration specral sample files (the latter only for specific colorimeters: i1 Display Pro, ColorMunki Display and Spyder 4/5).
  • Profile verification and measurement report: check the quality of profiles and 3D LUTs via measurements. Also supports custom CGATS files (e.g., FOGRA, GRACoL/IDEAlliance, SWOP) and using of reference profiles to obtain test values.
  • Test chart editor: Create charts with any amount of color patches, easy copy-and-paste from CGATS, CSV files (only tab-delimited) and spreadsheet applications.
  • Create synthetic ICC (matrix) profiles with custom primaries, white-, and blackpoint, as well as tone response.

What's new in DisplayCAL

Version 3.8.8.0:
Improved:
  • Detect and warn about malformed colorimeter corrections (e.g. from non-official sources). Move them to the trash automatically if they were previously (manually) installed.
  • Always enumerate instruments on application startup if more than one instrument was detected the last time the application was used (cross-platform consistency).
  • When prompting for instrument calibration, display the just now detected instrument name instead of the previously enumerated name (the latter might be stale if you forgot to refresh after changing connected instruments).
  • Use a slightly improved smoothing method when creating high resolution PCS to device tables.
  • Increase automatic PCS to device table resolution for L*a*b* LUT profiles to 45x45x45 if using smoothing.
  • UI Only auto-close profile/3D LUT installation dialog after a successful installation.
  • Don't auto-close madTPG after 3D LUT installation.
  • macOS: Warn if a black luminance calibration target is set.
  • Profile loader (Windows): Use a minimally faster method to check for other running applications.
Fixed:
  • madVR 3D LUT generation: Always write D65 white to 3D LUT input primaries metadata so madVR does not attempt to correct whitepoint differences on its own when using a custom whitepoint (the 3D LUT itself will map the custom whitepoint correctly).
  • madVR 3D LUT installation: Don't attempt to install 3D LUTs with unsupported input primaries metadata (i.e. not Rec. 709, SMPTE C, EBU/PAL, Rec. 2020 or DCI P3) as madVR will overwrite the metadata depending on the 3D LUT install slot. Such 3D LUTs should only be assigned manually in madVR instead.
  • UI When loading settings, always enable the 3D LUT tab if the display is virtual (consistent with display selection behavior).
  • Also apply black point correction when creating a matrix profile without black point compensation (consistency).
  • Do not create swapped matrix fallback tags for XYZ LUT profiles when using the alternate forward profiler and the used ArgyllCMS version is >= 2.1 (be consistent with ArgyllCMS).
  • madVR 3D LUT generation: Accept negative values for input primaries metadata.
  • madVR 3D LUT installation (Linux, macOS): Send the 3D LUT in chunks and increase the timeout to prevent the installation failing over a slow network (e.g. WiFi).
  • UI Profile loader (Windows): Prevent a stale tray icon remaining (until mouse over) in some rare cases after exiting the profile loader.
  • Profile loader (Windows 7): Skip incomplete display configuration registry entries.

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6 DisplayCAL Reviews

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ErvinsStrauhmanis
08 February 2016

Most helpful

Using DisplayCAL (ex dispcalGUI) already for several years, I have only praise to express. I started to use it ever since getting ColorMunki Display and found out about DisplayCAL, knowing nothing about colors and profiling (and I still consider myself an amateur), immediately upon purchase of this consumer grade device—simply because I just had to, as software bundled with my calibrator made monitor picture worse than previously (too much green color), no matter what I tried. I am sure that was just me, but it does say something about user–friendliness and/or instructions provided by the packaged app. Regretting my purchase I went loking for an alternative to vendor software and luckily found DisplayCAL. It seemed intimidating to absolute beginner at first, compared to bundled click-and-run hassle-free software, which I found absolutely useless for myself, but even with my first calibration try I immediately saw what was the difference between having your display at stock settings vs profiled and calibrated. Now, many calibrations over, I find DisplayCAL both professional and yet easy to use tool that, surprisingly, does not cost a cent!
Like (3)
Version 3.1.0.0
Foulger
23 November 2019
Doesnt appear to work in macOS Catalina. Calibrate and profile window greyed out
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Version 3.8.8.0
Drdul
20 October 2018
Easy to use software that produces consistently good results. In comparison, the horrible X-Rite i1Profiler software produced inconsistent results with an obvious colour cast.
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Version 3.7.0.0
Nontroppo
13 October 2018
I'm a vision scientist, and it is amazing that such a powerful and comprehensive suite of software supporting most existing calibration hardware is available without charge. Highly recommended!
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Version 3.7.0.0
gary-11
20 October 2017
Does not work on high sierra
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Version 3.3.5.0
1 answer(s)
Ervins Strauhmanis
Ervins Strauhmanis
02 January 2018
DisplayCAL does work on macOS 10.13. What you may be experiencing is the app translocation quarantine issue. Please try to run the following command:
xattr -dr com.apple.quarantine /Applications/DisplayCAL-3.4.0.0/*.app

If you have any issues with your system, please submit a ticket:
https://hub.displaycal.net/issue/
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ErvinsStrauhmanis
08 February 2016
Using DisplayCAL (ex dispcalGUI) already for several years, I have only praise to express. I started to use it ever since getting ColorMunki Display and found out about DisplayCAL, knowing nothing about colors and profiling (and I still consider myself an amateur), immediately upon purchase of this consumer grade device—simply because I just had to, as software bundled with my calibrator made monitor picture worse than previously (too much green color), no matter what I tried. I am sure that was just me, but it does say something about user–friendliness and/or instructions provided by the packaged app. Regretting my purchase I went loking for an alternative to vendor software and luckily found DisplayCAL. It seemed intimidating to absolute beginner at first, compared to bundled click-and-run hassle-free software, which I found absolutely useless for myself, but even with my first calibration try I immediately saw what was the difference between having your display at stock settings vs profiled and calibrated. Now, many calibrations over, I find DisplayCAL both professional and yet easy to use tool that, surprisingly, does not cost a cent!
Like (3)
Version 3.1.0.0
1 answer(s)
minntwins
minntwins
29 April 2019
You sound like a guy I need to ask this question to, if ya don't mind. I built a custom 2012 mid-MBP (no retina) and while there are no problems nor real color issues I have this feeling that I am able to better refine picture since it has been over 7 years now and everything else has been updated my color management has not. Is there a way or a place I may find perhaps an answer to my color management question? Thanks
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wintermute
18 October 2015
This listing needs to be updated. Developers website lists version 3.0.4.3 as current as of 2015-10-17.
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Version 2.1.0.0