[box type=”info”]UPDATE: Since this article was written X-Rite have announced that any owner of a i1 Display 2 can just register their device at xrite.com to receive a link to a free download of i1 Profiler Lion Edition. This will enable them to carry on using their i1 Display on Lion and Mountain Lion[/box]
The release of the Mac OS X operating system, 10.7 Lion dropped support for Rosetta. Rosetta enables applications written for older PowerPC Macs to run on newer Intel Macs. Applications written for PowerPC will not run under Lion. This affects the following X-Rite applications: i1 Match, ProfilerMaker, Monaco Profiler, Pulse ColorElite, Monaco Optix and other software.
i1 Match is the software that runs the i1 Display LT, i1 Display 2, i1 Photo, i1 XTreme and so on. Windows users are NOT affected in any way.
To tell if an application uses PowerPC code either find the application in the Finder and Get Info (apple i) or open the application and launch Activity Monitor from the Utilities folder.
This decision has been made by Apple and not X-Rite or any other software manufacturer. X-Rite have been concentrating on launching the new i1 Profiler software, ColorMunki Display and i1 Display Pro (all of which use Intel code) and at the time of writing there are no plans to update the older applications to run using Intel code – this would be a major undertaking – and more problematically there are no plans to support the i1 Display 2 in the newer software so if you are a Mac user who has an i1 Display 2 and you want to upgrade to Lion, then you have a problem.
[quote style=”boxed”]There are no plans to support the i1 Display 2 in the newer software so if you are a Mac user who has an i1 Display 2 and you want to upgrade to Lion, then you have a problem[/quote]
There are a couple of workarounds you can adopt if you do use an application that relies on Rosetta but you also want to upgrade to Lion. You could install 10.6 Snow Leopard on another disk volume, upgrade to Lion on your main volume and then boot from the other volume when you want to use the older application. Any profiles you make could then be copied over to the Lion volume and you could then reboot. For some applications you could also use Boot Camp, Parallels Desktop or VMware Fusion and install and run the Windows version of the application. If you have more than one Mac then you could not upgrade one of them to run older applications.
Whilst this issue has not been caused be either us or X-Rite we do feel sympathy for anybody who has bought an i1 Display 2 and who will now no longer be able to use it under Lion so we will be offering a trade-in scheme to customers who bought their i1 Display 2 from us and want to upgrade to either ColorMunki Display or i1 Display Pro.
Stay tuned for details of the offer!
[box]Buy the i1 Display Pro from us and you’ll 2 FREE printer profiles via our Custom Profiling Service.[/box]