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ColorVision Spyder2 Express Debuts at Macworld 2006

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Award-Winning Spyder2 Technology For Studio-Quality Color Now Available at Extraordinary Price

Datacolor, an internationally known name in color technology, debuts ColorVision Spyder2 Express at the 2006 Macworld Conference & Expo in San Francisco’s Moscone Convention Center from January 11 — 14, 2006.

The first and most important step for any digital darkroom is a color-calibrated monitor. Spyder2 Express calibrates CRT, LCD, and notebook displays and creates ICC-compliant profiles for under $100 — a price everyone can afford. This innovative entry-level product, shipping in March 2006, is based on the award winning Spyder2 technology whose international acclaim includes MacWorld’s 4.5 out of 5 mice.

GETTING COLOR RIGHT
ColorVision Spyder2 Express ensures accurate, reliable and consistent color — day-to-day and image-to-image — so colors look their best and brightest. Both Mac and Windows compatible, it produces a wide range of dynamic colors with exceptional flesh tones, well-defined shadows and realistic highlights. The software includes unlimited seat site licenses for multiple displays.

The number one expert tip for great prints is a calibrated monitor. The inventive Spyder2 Express offers photographers, home users, digital enthusiasts, and graphic designers the ability to create studio-quality images on screen. The entry-level color calibration product is driven by an intuitive wizard software and graphical user interface that offers users a few simple steps to calibrate and profile their monitors. So even novices save time, ink and paper by printing photos right the first time with less trial and error.

Adobe Photoshop Album Starter Edition comes bundled with the new Spyder2Express– (WITHOUT CHARGE). This popular package fixes common flaws like “Red-Eye” and is useful for a host of tasks such as cropping images, and quickly finding and sharing photos.

AWARD-WINNING & COST-EFFECTIVE
The latest Spyder2 Express is part of the next generation of the COLORVISION family of digital imaging products which includes ColorVision Spyder2Plus and ColorVision Spyder2PRO Studio 2.0. Like all products in the line, Express utilizes the Spyder2 colorimeter to ensure accurate color. The sensor connects to a computer via USB and is then attached to a CRT/LCD monitor during the color calibration process.

The Spyder2 color technology has received accolades from prestigious digital technology editors and magazines worldwide. Since it was introduced in late 2004, Spyder 2 has received: 4.5 out of five mice for Apple operating systems in SVM Mac (France), MacWorld (USA and UK); The Best of Monitor Calibration Systems in Chasseur d’ images (France) and InfoWeek Testsiger (Switzerland); Worldwide Editors Choice Awards in PC Tipp (Switzerland), PC Photo and American Photo (USA); and Reader’s Choice (professional) Awards in Photo Processing and Imaging (USA). PC Go (Germany) cited the Spyder2 as the Best Performance winner in 2005 and FHM (UK) gave Best of Hardware. (For a full awards list click here: pdf)

Available in 9 languages — English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, and Chinese (Traditional and Simplified) – Spyder2 Express is an affordable tool for digital imagers and enthusiasts that calibrates monitors to produce stunning color in a few easy steps.

According to Datacolor Vice President Brian Levey, the new Spyder2 Express leverages the internationally acclaimed ColorVision expertise and Spyder2 technology to meet the color accuracy demands of a digital camera market that is growing in size and sophistication.

“More people understand and care about neutral grays, accurate flesh tones, shadow detail and highlights. Digital photos now need to have perfect color to be acceptable. In response, we’ve combined two powerful ColorVision trademarks — ease-of-use and accuracy –in the new Express. It incorporates a staple of many ColorVision products, our wizard software, so it’s easy to use whether you are a creative professional or digital enthusiast. At the same time, Express users get to use the same technology that the pros use. The same technology that has won professional accolades around the world for color clarity now drives a product targeted for the digital darkroom enthusiast at an exceptional price point,” Levey states.

As with all Spyder2 products ColorVision Spyder2 Express offers a two year hardware warranty and unlimited, e-mail and telephone support (WITHOUT CHARGE). As updated software is released, registered owners with a valid serial number can download upgrades (WITHOUT CHARGE) from the ColorVision Web site at http://www.colorvision.com/sup.shtml

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Pricing and Availability
ColorVision Spyder2 Express, bundled with Adobe Photoshop Album Starter Edition will be available in March in the U.S. for an estimated street price of $99 at retail outlets like ADORAMA, B&H, CompUSA, FRY’s, J&R, MICRO CENTER, and others. COLORVISION products are also available from www.colorvision.com

About Datacolor and ColorVision
The ColorVision digital imaging product line by Datacolor provides affordable, easy-to-use digital color control products to creative professionals, photographers, corporate customers and consumers around the world. Because color matters, leading businesses, creative professionals, and consumers worldwide choose Datacolor’s innovative technology solutions to consistently achieve the right color. A Swiss-held company, Datacolor’s strong worldwide presence encompasses global manufacturing and operational facilities with an international strategic network of sales and support offices. For more product information visit www.colorvision.com
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