I have been using my Myiro-1 for nearly 10 months now as my main handheld, computer attached spectrophotometer.
The instrument from Konica Minolta Imaging is clearly aimed as the first creditable competitor to well known market leading spectrophotometer in this area.
It’s build quality is good, a strong plastic body with a ‘lens cap’ that also serves as the calibration plate. The instruments technology is based on Konica Minoltas FD9 high-end scanning spectrophotometers, now called the Myiro-9.
This high-end architecture gives M0, M1 or M2 measurements in one measurement or scanning pass.
The scanning function is very smooth and fast, combined with an excellent ruler, see image above. The Myiro-1 can be connected to the host computer by USB, which will also charge the device, or by a wireless connection which is a standard feature.
The Myiro is supplied with its own software suite for measuring profile charts and creating and evaluating profiles. It also comes with BasICColors excellent display profiling software, basICColor Display 6. The software is available for Mac and PC.
Over the last months many leading colour management solution providers have integrated the Myiro-1 into their products.
I have been using it with EFI Fiery, Bodoni PressSIGN and ColorLogic’s ColorAnt. The deice is stable and accurate and repeatable. It seems to be a major advance on its main competitor, at much the same price, and includes Myiro Tools, a more comprehensive colour management software package.
- Paul Sherfield who runs the consultancy is well known in the printing and pre-media industry as having considerable knowledge on digital workflows, with a special expertise on the business reasoning behind such systems.
He has installed some of the most successful digital pre-press and pre media systems in the UK. For 2 years he worked on a number of medium term projects before starting the consultancy in July 2000. Before this he was a partner in what became one of the leading pre-press/printing companies in London.
He is active in a number of industry groups including the BPIF Technical Standards Committee, ISO TC 130 printing standards committees and is chair of the BPIF steering group for ISO 12647/2 UK certification, He is a regular speaker at seminars and conferences.