SuperCal
SuperCal 1.2.3
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Visual display calibrator.   Shareware ($19.00)
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SuperCal is a visual display calibrator capable of measuring and correcting most conventional displays, including LCDs, CRTs and projectors. SuperCal doesn't require any hardware measurement devices - only your eyeballs - yet it can be much more accurate, based on how well you pay attention to what your doing :).

Nearly all existing calibrators assume that you have a display that behaves like the textbook ideal CRT. They don't consider the fact that LCDs don't behave like CRTs at all, nor the fact that most displays have flaws. This is where SuperCal comes in.
What's New
Version 1.2.3:
  • Fix for OS X 10.9 compatibility
  • Added a hidden option for users with wide-gamut LCDs to access the old interface for manually selecting display colors (monitor chromaticity/tristimulus values).
Requirements
Intel/PPC, OS X 10.4 or later





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rpsx reviewed on 08 Sep 2009
i had super high hopes for this, as i find the built in apple calibration to be pretty lacking... loved the process, everything going smooth, until i get to step 9, and at that point, the monitor jumps to some crazy settings and gets all purplish. i am a graphic design, so i think my eye is pretty good - not sure what went wrong. did it twice with the same results.

also, app seems pretty unstable on 10.5 - i clicked out of the app to the desktop then clicked back in - i could page through the steps, but not actually access the main content! including saving. everything stayed grayed out. hope this app gets updated, as if it did work, would be fantastic. maybe i will bet a hardware calibrator now.
[Version 1.1.4]

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Lunelson1 replied on 24 May 2011
Actually I am having this same issue with version 1.2.0 on OS 10.6.7 with a new MBP 2011 15" Antiglare screen. Dunno if it is OS or graphics card related or what. I used to have great results with Supercal in the Tiger days but this bug between step 8 and 9 is a show stopper unfortunately
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Lunelson1 replied on 24 May 2011
Actually disregard that previous post. The developer has explained what's going on: it's only at Step 9 that the new profile is pushed to the card, so that's actually when you are seeing it for the first time. It jives with how I remember using it before and I think this is rather a difficulty with the screens on MacBook Pros
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Bergdesign (developer) replied on 11 Aug 2011
What you are seeing when the color shifts at this step, is the native behavior of your display. That is, the video card gamma table is finally updated at this step with the results of your measurements and you are now seeing the native response of your screen.

Just for reference, the LED-backlit LCDs are horribly blue in color, so it takes a significant white balance shift to color-correct them. If you have a MacBook Pro and you open the ColorSync Utility and pick the default "Color LCD" display profile, then open the profile and examine the 'vcgt' tag in the profile, you will see a significant bend in the blue channel, and this is the Apple profile you're looking at.

Note that when you do a white balance adjustment in SuperCal, you may have to significantly change the color balance to neutralize the grays and make it look correct, but this is normal and entirely expected. Also, a significant difference between a SuperCal profile and the default Apple profile is that SuperCal will change the actual white point to favor color correctness while Apple seems to leave white at 100% intensity to favor brightness.
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Rpsx replied on 16 Mar 2012
okay, fine. that is the native behavior of my screen (NEC multisync LCD, btw). but... what's the point of that? i spend 15-20 minutes crafting a great calibration (that i assume is supposed to correct white balance, etc), then it disappears?

highly confusing from a user perspective, and you give no suggestions on what i am supposed to do to correct things at or after step 9.
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+62
Ronadam replied on 25 Jul 2012
What you need to do in step 9 is described in the three-step instructions given in step 9. Here you adjust the white balance. You do this in the test pattern and/or in a picture you choose. You start off with the native behavior of your screen, which may be far from what you want to see eventually. Click inside the pattern (or inside the picture) and drag the cursor around while holding the mouse button till you find the spot that provides the desired white balance. The bars in the corner show the relative Red, Green, and Blue values. (The instructions do indeed not mention that you need to hold the mouse button down while dragging the cursor around.)
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+4

Funkboy reviewed on 18 Apr 2005
I've used this with at least four different Macs, if not a few of my friends and other computers - I've finally decided it's time to purchase it. I've used it on an iBook G3 (dual USB), iMac G4 17" flat panel, iBook G4 (both iBooks are 12"), and most recently a Dell 1704FP with my new Mac Mini.

Every time the color response and display appearance is highly improved, and with my new flat panel it's done it again. Thank you for such a great utility!

The only things I could suggest as improvements are a slightly lower price (for $15 I would have purchased it a time or two earlier), and maybe... um... any other color tests? I have no idea, it sure looks good though.
[Version 1.1.4]


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Anonymous reviewed on 29 Dec 2004
Every time I used this on my PowerBook 12" laptop, it made my whole screen look like sh*t.
[Version 1.1.4]

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Bergdesign (developer) replied on 17 Feb 2005
Since SuperCal is a visual calibrator, it is possible for you to make bad measurements and get poor results - the final results are only as good as your measurements. But if you read through the details and suggestions in the user guide and make accurate and consistent measurements, you will see excellent results.

bergdesign
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Anonymous commented on 11 Jun 2005
garbage in, garbage out :)
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Pstearns rated on 04 Oct 2011

[Version 1.2.1]



Baxtr rated on 25 Jul 2011

[Version 1.2.0]


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Type:Multimedia Design : Video
License:Shareware
Date:08 Nov 2013
Platform:PPC 32 / Intel 32 / OS X
Price: $19.00
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SuperCal is a visual display calibrator capable of measuring and correcting most conventional displays, including LCDs, CRTs and projectors. SuperCal doesn't require any hardware measurement devices - only your eyeballs - yet it can be much more accurate, based on how well you pay attention to what your doing :).

Nearly all existing calibrators assume that you have a display that behaves like the textbook ideal CRT. They don't consider the fact that LCDs don't behave like CRTs at all, nor the fact that most displays have flaws. This is where SuperCal comes in.

SuperCal lets you accurately measure the response of any display and build a profile with a corrected gamma table that improves the appearance of your display. When your display is properly calibrated, you'll notice much smoother tonal gradations and cleaner-looking anti-aliased text.

SuperCal was designed to provide the most accurate calibration possible without the use of a hardware measurement device. Very few users can afford to purchase a hardware calibration device, but all users need a properly calibrated display, whether they are retouching digital images or shopping for clothing on the internet.


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