[Openicc] Proposed "ucmm" display profile configuration convention used by ArgyllCMS.

Alastair M. Robinson blackfive at fakenhamweb.co.uk
Mon Jun 2 11:07:48 PDT 2008


Graeme Gill wrote:

> But having users navigate to the profiles is poor U/I

True enough.  They'll only have to if profiles are stored in 
non-standard locations, though!

Most software abstracts the paths and filenames away, and presents users 
with a list of profiles to choose from, using their "descriptive" names 
rather than filenames.  Of course it can only do that if it knows where 
to find them.

There's huge scope for improvement in making it easier for software to 
identify a suitable profile for devices automatically - but I'm keen to 
see it done in a way that doesn't make it harder for users to use 
existing software until it's updated to support new developments.

> - they should
> just be able to nominate the printer, just the same was as they shouldn't
> have to specify the display profile all the time (it's implicit
> in the choice of system connected device).

Sadly in practice it's never that simple.  The user can't just nominate 
a printer - at the very least the user will need to nominate a printer 
with a specific set of print settings, and printing onto a specific type 
of paper.  That's how PhotoPrint's "presets" work - they bundle up the 
printer settings and associated profile into a "preset" file, to solve 
this exact problem - though of course this is neither systemwide nor 

All the best,
Alastair M. Robinson

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