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Mona F. Al khalid

CRT or LCD Monitor and calibrater

I would appreciate if any one could advise me .
I would like to bay a monitor and a calibrator for my Power Book G4, I think that Crt monitor like La Cie electron 22 is supposed to be one of the best ,
if not any thing better ? or is there now any new LCD that can be as good as the Crt Monitors since they have the advantage of taking much less space !!!
Help would be appreciated.
Thank you,

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7/26/2005 4:17:39 AM

Michael H. Cothran   In my humble opinion, Apple makes some of the nicest LCD screens available in the form of their Cinema Screens.
However, being a Mac user myself, and owning a Power Book G4, it is also my humble opinion that a CRT is still the way to go for any serious image editing. The LaCie you mentioned is a great monitor.
I use the Powerbook G4 on the road to download and store images. I will often do some preliminary editing while in a motel room, or on the airplane. However, I NEVER do any editing that involves contrast, color balance, sharpening, etc. For these critical steps, I wait until I get home, and transfer them to my Power Mac G4 with a Mag 19" CRT screen for final editing.
Also, if you're going to the effort to connect another monitor to your laptop, I would also advise connecting a mouse rather than using the Powerbook's built-in mouse. For that matter, I would strongly recommend buying a "pen & tablet" to use instead of a mouse. It makes images editing a lot simpler and is much more accurate with many of the customary editing tools.
Michael H. Cothran

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7/26/2005 11:19:39 AM

Mona F. Al khalid   Thank you Michael , that means I should go for CRT eaven if the LCD takes less space or that Apple has the nicest LCD :) when I print my pictures I don,t get what I see on my screen , that is why I thought of getting the CRT . I will get the mac cordless keyboard and mouse as well.I have the pen & tablet for my Windows PC ( I am a Mac User since 2 months only) used it for one day or 2 and found it comlicated !!! maybe because I did not insist on using it long enough !!!!
Thanks again for your help,

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7/30/2005 12:41:45 AM

Michael H. Cothran   About your difficulty with the Mac:
It is common that some PC users seem to have difficulty converting to a Mac. I have a friend who recently did just such, and is having a terrible time trying to understand the Mac, so you're not alone. The best advice I can give you on this subject is to clear your mind of the PC, and begin fresh with the concepts of the Mac. Perhaps you could even take a course at a local community college on the introduction to Macintosh.
Trust me when I say that (in my opinion) the Mac is much simpler in operation, and more user friendly than a PC ever was, and is also much more intuitive. BUT...the Mac IS somewhat different in useage than a PC.
Don't give up on it - but try to take an introduction course, or have a competent & understanding person walk you through OSX.
And yes, I would still personally choose the La Cie CRT over the Apple LCD's for image editing, but if you are in to DVD movies, it's hard to beat the big Apple screens!!

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7/30/2005 4:12:06 PM

David A. Bliss   Another point. Always calibrate your monitor. Even if you buy two identical monitors, they will look different. If your monitor is not calibrated, you are basically blindly changing color, contrast, saturation, etc... Some monitors come with calibration software, and there are a lot of third party calibration software.

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7/30/2005 8:53:51 PM

Mona F. Al khalid   Oh Michael I think you misunderstood me, I am so happy with my new Mac and glad to have discouvered its wonders !
what I meant beeing unconfortable with was the pen and tablet that I tried when I was a PC user !!
if not I would love to have a course on mac but unfortunatly we don,t have courses on mac here in Kuwait , mac is as you say much simpler and I am geting used to it and loving it more and more.
Non, I am not at all in to DVD movies so then I will just go for La CIE .
Thank you Michael ,

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7/31/2005 2:19:37 PM

Mona F. Al khalid   Yes I agree David because I am not satisfied with my prints , I know I should get a monitor calibrater like Spider that comes with a software , is that what you mean?

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7/31/2005 2:31:59 PM

David A. Bliss   Exactly Mona.

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7/31/2005 5:36:32 PM

Dan P. Brodt   I have just spent hundreds of dollars trying to calibrate the LCD 17" monitor on my Gateway 610XL. I used both Monaco Optix XR Pro and SpyderII. Both failed to adjust monitor to the excellance I wish for printng. I suggest paying the extra bucks for a top of the line lcd or crt. Both calibration programs were fine it was the Gateway monitor that was the problem./

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8/7/2005 10:08:49 AM

Mona F. Al khalid   me too but I just got the La Cie 22 CRT monitor and ordered the Eye 1 calibrater , I hope my suffering concerning printing , will have an end soon.

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8/7/2005 3:02:37 PM

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