There is one feature I miss in Datacolors spyder3 calibration software:

To be able to calibrate screen brightness to a defined value like 100cd/m².

Right now the datacolor just says "adjust the brightness to a level comfortable for you". Well, duh, I did not buy a calibration device to adjust my display "to my comfort", but to a usable, repeatable value.

From Eizo's ColorNavigator software I'm used to set the brightness I want to calibrate to in the software, then calibration will measure and adjust accordingly.

Without proper display brightness the brightness of prints will be off, and the prints being what I see on the display is what calibration is about.

So: Is it possible in DataColors software to measure and adjust screen brightness? Or maybe at least to measure and display the screen brightness?

  • use a lightmeter? ;) – Matt Grum Sep 22 '10 at 17:45
  • Heh, no, really, the Spyder3 hardware can do this with the ColorNavigator software, so it should be possible with the DataColor Software, too. – Sam Sep 22 '10 at 20:30

The new version of Spyder3Elite, v4.0, supports brightness, as well as a bunch of other measurements and software-based adjustments. It is far richer calibration software than the Sypder3Elite 3.x software. An upgrade costs $99, but it is pretty worth it.


  • Duh, I only got the Spyder3pro and use the DataColor Software only for my notebook - no way to achieve this without shelling out for an upgrade? – Sam Sep 22 '10 at 20:31
  • It looks like the upgrade is actually only $19... I guess they dropped the price. For that price, I would totally get it. Its got a ton of features, nice graphing, multi-screen comparisons of statistics, etc. – jrista Sep 22 '10 at 20:33
  • It's also free if you bought the thing in 2010. – mmr Sep 22 '10 at 21:16
  • Aye, thats how I got it myself. I just purchased the Sypder3Studio SR, and got the upgraded Sypder3Elite software for free. – jrista Sep 22 '10 at 22:21
  • Dang - so using Spyder3 pro software I can't really fully calibrate my monitor? For full calibration I need the elite version? Sounds a bit like a ripoff to me :( – Sam Sep 23 '10 at 14:27

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