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Atrise Lutcurve

CNET Editors' review

Lutcurve is a sophisticated display calibration tool that can optimize your LCD or CRT monitor's settings. It's easy to use, but we agree with developer Atrise's recommendation that new users first read the PDF-based manual that comes with the download. It explains not only how to use the software but also what it does and why, so you get a good lesson in how your computer's monitor creates realistic displays.

Lutcurve's main window features a Command Button Bar along the bottom that includes Navigation Tabs accessing its calibration features. The program changes your monitor's settings through the "look-up table" (LUT) your PC uses to convey information to the display, allowing for very precise control of levels, so it recommends using your default color management profile and optimizing your display using your monitor's controls before applying Lutcurve. Clicking each tab calls up individual settings for five factors, Black Point, White Point, Gamma, Color Correction, and Curve Adjustment. Color-based displays make changes easy, but we quickly found the extensive, clearly written manual essential for adjustments, which are easy to make but require explanations. A Reference Image page lets you check your adjustments. We were surprised how out-of-kilter our test display was, based on the improvements Lutcurve made.

Lutcurve's two-stage hardware/software calibration yields a superior display without having to use external hardware of measuring devices (though Atrise recommends that color professionals use Lutcurve with their monitor's ICC profile). Its color-based control displays make fine-tuning your computer's monitor easy, once you know what to look for.

Editor's note: This is a review of the full version of Atrise Lutcurve 1.5.1. The trial version is limited to 30 days trial only.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Cannot Uninstall"

    September 2, 2011  |   By kebosso

    Version: Atrise Lutcurve 1.5.3

    Pros

    Seemed to work.

    Cons

    Nag screens/pop-ups when trial period over. Stacked 11 deep on task bar. Add/Remove Programs doesn't work--claims program is open. Cannot get into program.

    Summary

    I might have bought this program, now I won't. There are better ways to "nag" potential shareware buyers. If you do not have mad uninstalling skillz, DON'T download this unless you're fairly sure you'll purchase within trial period.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Helps Keep Track"

    March 29, 2011  |   By T Coles

    Version: Atrise Lutcurve 1.5.2

    Pros

    Works as stated

    Cons

    A little overkill

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Lutcurve is absolutely amazing."

    October 23, 2008  |   By martyx47

    Version: Atrise Lutcurve 1.0.1

    Pros

    Lutcurve enabled me to calibrate each LCD display and obtain a clean gray scale on each that matched, something other applications failed to achieve. Particularly impressive is the fine tune capability to tweak for minor colour adjustments.

    Cons

    Hardly anything to dislike, although I had to run it a few times at first once I became aware of how much I could refine the calibration settings.

    Summary

    This is one of those products that reveal just how much thought and effort has gone in to producing something so powerful and yet easy to use. The install is quick and clean and even if making the adjustments intuitively instead of following the step by step directions, a remarkable improvement in display can be achieved. Every parameter that impacts upon monitor display has been considered and catered for and adequately incorporated within the operational flow, as well as allowing users to cross check progress during the calibration sequence and to revert to previous stages if required. If the elegance and functions aren't enough to impress, then the end result will be.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Useless on my laptop"

    July 6, 2008  |   By Chufflebean

    Version: Atrise Lutcurve 1.0.1

    Cons

    I was unable to even try this software, because it takes up the entire screen and won't let you view any windows in front of it. Since my monitor's controls are only accessible through an onscreen application, I could not see the controls and the Lutcurve program at the same time, thus I could not perform the calibration.

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