And Now for a Little Holiday Cheer (and some Holiday Prizes)…

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Datacolor is sponsoring a Holiday Contest, which rather resembles an Advent Calendar. Each day you can click on that day’s door, and inside you can sign up for the daily contest. Each day’s winner will be chosen, and the process will continue until the 25th. There are one or two big prizes in here, so its worth the effort. Go to Datacolor.com and bookmark the page, so that you can sign up for each day’s contest. Happy Holidays!

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WEBINAR: Holiday Stocking Stuffers, Wed Nov 28 3-4 EST

Please join David Saffir and myself for a fireside chat about those gifts we feel would most please photographers this holiday season. As the Stocking Stuffer title implies, we will try to focus on more affordable items, but this is photography, so you just KNOW that we’ll sneak in some of the more expensive spread…

You can register for this webinar here.

There will be a Datacolor Spyder4Pro given away to a participant at each webinar (no reindeer required, we’ll ship it to you), and there are sure to be some excellent specials offered as well. Think about that, specials, stocking stuffers, you might want to attend and put  some of this information on that gift list you hung on the refrigerator, to be sure the elves are effective this year.

Please sign up for this webinar today, before the holiday distractions undermine your short-term memory. I’m looking forward to the more festive and less formal format of this webinar, I hope you’ll join us.

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WEBINAR: Color Management Using Spyder Technology, Wednesday Sept 19, at 1PM & 7PM EDT

On Wednesday September 19th, at 1PM and again at 7PM Eastern Time, David Saffir and I will present a webinar on Color Management using Spyder technology. This is a general webinar, introducing the concepts of color management as well as the most recent tools for color management to photographers, digital artists, and designers.

You can register for this webinar here.

There will be a Datacolor Spyder4Pro given away to a participant at each webinar, and there are likely to be some excellent specials offered as well.

This webinar series has been very popular, so be sure to sign up now to reserve a space. Our last webinar, on a highly specialized topic, was attended by people from 35 countries around the globe. So we are offering this webinar at two different times, to attempt to make it easier for those from other time zones, or with other schedules, to attend.

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WEBINAR: Datacolor Color Management for Fine Art Reproduction, Wednesday Sept 12, at 3PM EDT

On Wednesday September 12th, at 3PM Eastern Time (Noon on the West Coast) David Saffir and I will present a webinar on Color Management for Fine Art Reproduction, including lots of details from our own personal experience with working in this area. Learn techniques for capturing, editing, and printing reproductions of artwork. This will be the most specialized Spyder webinar to date.

You can register for this webinar here.

There will be a Datacolor Spyder4Pro given away to a webinar participant, and there are likely to be some excellent specials as well.

This webinar series has been very popular, so be sure to sign up now to reserve a space.

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LAST CALL: Datacolor Capture Calibration Webinar, Wednesday June 13, at 3PM EDT

On Wednesday June 13th, at 3PM Eastern Time (Noon on the West Coast) David Saffir and I will present a webinar on Capture Color Management, including lots of details on how to improve the results of your image capture

You can register for this webinar here.

There will be a Datacolor Spyder4Pro given away to a webinar participant, and there are likely to be some excellent specials as well.

Sign up now; quick! Webinar starts shortly!

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Datacolor Spyder4 Webinar, Wednesday May 16, at 3PM EDT

On Wednesday May 16th, at 3PM Eastern Time (Noon on the West Coast) David Saffir and I will be together in Princeton, to present a webinar on Color Management for Softproofing, including lots of details on how to save time and money, as well as avoid the frustration of trial and error prints.

You can register for this webinar here.

There will be a Datacolor Spyder4Pro given away to a webinar participant, and there are likely to be some excellent specials as well.

Sign up now to reserve a space.

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Creating a WiFi Network on your Mac: Great for Using SpyderGallery

Overview: This article describes how to create a WiFi network directly from a Mac with built-in WiFi. Such networks do not require a wireless router, and can be used to communicate directly between your Mac and your iPhone or iPad. This makes them ideal for using with the Datacolor SpyderGallery application, which requires WiFi between the iOS device you wish to calibrate, and the Mac that has the Spyder plugged into it. Once you know this trick you will use it for lots of other things, including moving files between your devices.

Preliminaries: Before we begin, if you intend to use this article to set up a network for SpyderGallery, then you will first need to download SpyderGallery for the iPhone or iPad to your device from the Apple iOS App Store. Then you will need to launch the App, and follow the directions for going to Datacolor’s website, and downloading the Helper App for Mac or Windows. Since this article deals with configuring a network on the Mac, I’ll assume thats the version you will download and install. I will also assume you have a recent version of the Mac OS and an up-to-date version of iOS on your iPhone or iPad; otherwise things may look different, and options may not be available.

Location, Location, Location: If you are in a hotel or public place where the WiFi is slow, unreliable, or unsafe, or somewhere that there is no WiFi at all (really, this will work on a mountain top, as long as you have some battery power in your MacBook and your iOS device) then you may choose to create a Mac-based network. Another good reason for doing this is that the public network you are on is so big you have trouble finding your computer on it from your iOS device. If you are in your own home or small office, with your own WiFi router, then you can practice the steps detailed here, so that you’ll know how to do this later, but you won’t actually need to create a network to use SpyderGallery, as you will have an acceptable one already available.

Step By Step: Here’s the scoop. Start from the WiFi icon in your Mac menu bar. Don’t Know what it looks like? It looks like a quarter pie slice from an archery target.

WiFi Icon

If the icon is not in your menu bar, then go to System Preferences in the Apple Menu, as shown below.

System Preferences Menu

In System Preferences, choose the Network icon, as shown below:

Network Icon

In the resulting window, check the option at the bottom for showing the wireless network in the menu bar:

Check “Show Wifi in Menu Bar”

This will now make the WiFi icon appear in your menu bar, and you can follow the directions in this article, though directly accessing the WiFi settings from Preferences would accomplish the same thing. The WiFi menu that will popdown from the menu bar icon is shown below. You will select the “Create Network” option that is highlighted in this illustration.

Create Network Option under WiFi

This will open the window shown below, where you will name and create your network. Security won’t be an issue on that mountain top, but in other locations you should secure your network.

Create Network Options

Once you have created your network, it will now show a different menu bar icon, to represent your network status.

New Icon

Now your network is active, and you can move to your iPhone or iPad, where you can select this network as your current WiFi network. To do this, go into Settings, which will be on the first screen of you iOS icons, unless you have moved it to another screen.

iOS Settings Icon

Here you will make sure that WiFi is turned on, and then choose your newly created network.

WiFi Settings under iOS

Now you should be all set to use SpyderGallery, or any other application that needs WiFi to communicate with your Mac.

Credits: C. David Tobie, Copyright 2012. Website: CDTobie.com Return to Blog’s Main Page