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Spyder 3: Software Update

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It seems that you’re looking for updated Spyder3 colorimeter software. A lot has changed since 2009 when this article was originally published, perhaps most importantly is that there is even more powerful and fully featured color management software available now. Even better it’s free, and open source. If you’re interested, you can read through my guide to getting started with DisplayCal and ArgyllCMS.

If you use a Spyder 3 Pro or Elite and don’t have the Spyder Utility set to auto update, there is a new version (3.1.2) of the Spyder Utility to introduces several improvements to the UI as well as fixing some annoying bugs I was experiencing in the previous version. The new version also introduces two new calibration targets for default CRT and LCD luminance levels.

I recommended disabling your anit-virus software when you install the Spyder Utility. I had problems when installing while either Kaspersky or Avast were running causing the software to take forever to install. Temporarily disablingthe AV software, and the install was done in maybe a minute tops.

Download the new Spyder software from Datacolor’s website (links to download page below):

Spyder3Elite 3.1.2 – Win Spyder3Elite 3.1.2 – Mac
Spyder3Pro 3.1.2 – Win Spyder3Pro 3.1.2 – Mac

Update 2016-06-27: The original links with this article no longer work and have been removed. Drivers for legacy Datacolor colorimeters can be found on their siteĀ here.

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