CHROMiX

Should I Purchase ColorThink Pro?

I am considering purchasing Colorthink Pro 3.0. However, the following thread from 2006 is highly critical of it because of unresolved bugs.

http://www.openphotographyforums.com/forums/archive/index.php/t-1695.html

Worse still is the implication that development of Colorthink 3 may have stopped altogether.

I’d appreciate any comments.

John:

Yes, you should buy. There is no other tool like it, still. I assure you that you will find it valuable and useful.

That is a very old posting (2006… over 3.5 years ago) and unfortunately not too long after it was released. We’ve been constantly upgrading ColorThink Pro. Right now we’re on Version 3.0.1 beta21. It’s very stable on both current Mac and Win OS’s. We have squashed hundreds of bugs since then. Sure, there are a few bugs in every new version, but most of these stem from changes originating within the latest Mac and Win OS’s.

I can also assure you that development has not stopped but has been continual. Granted, we have had many projects on-going at CHROMiX (Maxwell, Curve, ColorShuttle, ColorValet Pro…), but ColorThink Pro is still very vital to us. Steve Upton would also say so as well.

Rick Hatmaker

Rick

On the basis of your reassurances I’ve purchased ColorThink Pro 3.
Very stable so far (XP Pro SP3) and proving accurate also. In the coming weeks I’ll be putting it through its paces.

Do you know of any way of resizing the “3D Graphic” within the screen size - it would make ColorThink all the more useful from which to make screen captures?

John:

Thanks for buying ColorThink Pro. I’m sure you will enjoy it.

Regarding your question: Yes, there is a way to do the sizing. The ‘Shift’ key with mouse drag of the graphic will ‘size’ the graphic within the window. I’ve pasted the controls below from the ColorWiki. The other controls for zooming are listed in the ColorThink Pro Manual which is at:
http://www.colorwiki.com/wiki/ColorThink_Pro_-_Grapher

Zoom
The ColorThink Grapher was designed so manipulation of the plot item display was intuitive and powerful. The mouse plays an important role in this ability. A summary of its functions is:
Click-drag to rotate the graph left-right or up-down.
Shift-Click-drag to slip or “shift” the graph around the screen.
Option-Click-drag and then drag the mouse “up” and “down” to zoom in and out. Zoom all the way inside a profile’s gamut to view it from the inside.

While putting ColorThink Pro through its paces, its probably best to use the ColorThink ‘built-in’ reporting function for bugs, problems & feature requests. Its in the application at (Web > Feature Requests / Bug Reports…).

This may be useful information too:

ColorThink SUPPORT:

Free Support:
Phone: 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM PST M-F
Forum: http://www.colorforums.com/ There is a ColorThink specific section

And of course the ColorThink Pro USERS MANUAL is at ColorWiki site: http://www.colorwiki.com/wiki/ColorThink_Pro_3_Manual

For ‘In-application’ training, you should try the ColorSmarts Guide within ColorThink Pro (the multi-color beanie cap with a propellor). This utility is probably the easiest way to get up to speed with learning ColorThink Pro for common usages. I highly recommend it as the place most users should start out.

Hope that helps.

Rick Hatmaker

Rick,
Many thanks for your comprehensive reply.
Yes, I’ve downloaded the Colorthink manual which has been an immense help.
One problem I’m having is that of making the “Graph Control” panel visible.
When I switched on yesterday, the graph control panel would not appear - it had been working perfectly previously.
Looking forward to any pointers you may have.

John:

You are welcome.

Regarding the Graph Control Panel… it should always work when the Graph function is engaged and in the foreground. If another function (i.e.: Profile Inspector) is engaged and in the foreground the Graph Control Panel will disappear until you re-select the Graph again as the foreground view.

If that doesn’t solve the problem, it may require a restart of ColorThink, or even (as last resort) a fresh download of the latest version http://www2.chromix.com/colorthink/download/?pid=10449

Finally, if that still doesn’t resolve it, contact our tech support for help. We also strongly recommend using the Feedback/Bug reporting feature within ColorThink. It helps us to document and track issues better.

Rick Hatmaker

There is also the ability to show the graph control window if it has been shut down.

ColorThink “remembers” where you have altered the placement and size of its windows. So sometimes people will have multiple monitors running one day and then only one another day - and if the graph control was moved to a different screen, then it won’t be visible the next day.

More likely is that the graph control window was closed, and somehow the software saved the state that way.

In ColorThink, you can go to Graph > Show Graph Control… and that should make the window visible again.

If not, contact us, and we can go over how to delete your preferences file and set everything back to defaults.

John:

You are welcome.

Regarding the Graph Control Panel… it should always work when the Graph function is engaged and in the foreground. If another function (i.e.: Profile Inspector) is engaged and in the foreground the Graph Control Panel willdisappearuntil you re-select the Graph again as the foreground view.

If that doesn’t solve the problem, it may require a restart of ColorThink, or even (as last resort) a fresh download of the latest version <http://www2.chromix.com/colorthink/download/?pid=10449>

Finally, if that still doesn’t resolve it, contact our tech support for help. We also strongly recommend using the Feedback/Bug reporting feature within ColorThink. It helps us to document and track issues better.

Rick Hatmaker

Despite my best efforts the Graph Control refuses to become visible.
I’de be grateful for the help offered.