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Profile Manager

Use Profile Manager to organize the profiles you have installed on your system. Profile Manager has been designed to have a multi-paned interface that clearly shows all profiles installed on your system and also allows them to be selected by location, profile type, color space and other attributes. Those users familiar with Apple's iTunes software should find the interface familiar. Profiles can be enabled or disabled individually or in sets.

To Open the Profile Manager:

Profile Manager will open and begin scanning your operating system for ICC profiles. PM is multi-threaded and performs its work in the background so you can do other things while it works, including closing the window. Profile Manager scans the following locations for profiles:



/ ~/ Library/ ColorSync/ Profiles/ (your user folder)
/ Library/ ColorSync/ Profiles/ (system-wide multi-user access)
/ System/ Library/ ColorSync/ Profiles/ (system-only profiles)

If you have been disabling profiles by locating them elsewhere on your hard disk we suggest re-enabling them by placing them in the “/Library/ ColorSync/ Profiles/ “ (OS X) folder. This will make them available to all applications and users on your system and allow Profile Manager to handle them from now on.

Once Profile Manager has finished scanning for profiles, it will display the following window:

Sample of Profile Manager

Display of Profile Information

Right click on a profile to bring up more options.

Through these three lists you can quickly choose profiles that fit your search requirements. The relevant profiles appear in the lower list box for your inspection.

The Icons

Each profile is displayed with an icon as illustrated below:

Icon profile.jpgProfile icon - It has been recognized as a valid profile - this is a preliminary check only. Full Color Medic inspection is required to determine if the profile is fully valid and without errors.

Icon caution.jpgCaution – The profile failed the name parity test. Its internal name is different than the file name.

Icon stop.jpgStop sign - This file is not a recognizable profile.

Listing Options

the profile "poof" disappear. A little surprising at first but cool overall.

Enabling & Disabling Profiles
Check or uncheck the box to the left of the profile to enable or disable it. Profiles that cannot be disabled due to their location or type will appear without a checkbox. This includes ColorSync default profiles (such as the Generic profiles) and profiles located in folder to which the user does not have sufficient privileges for copying and deleting files. Disabling a profile moves it into a folder near the original location with “(Disabled)” added to the folders name. If you have organized your profiles in subfolders, the subfolder structure will be maintained as the profile is disabled and re-enabled.

Use sets to enable or disable profiles in groups

To Open a Profile

The profile will open in the Profile Inspector

To Rename a Profile
To Restructure / Rewrite a Profile

This will read in the profile and write it back out to disk – see Restructure Profile above for more information.

Drag profiles out of the Profile Manager list to

Profile Inspector

Profile Inspector opens all ICC-compliant profiles and displays their contents graphically as well as allowing browsing of header and tag table information. Using the same technology as the Profile Medic, Profile Inspector performs a comprehensive 16-point integrity check on the profile’s structure and internal information. Any errors or warnings are summarized in a list and can be repaired with Profile Medic.

To Open Profiles into the Profile Inspector

The Profile Inspector Bar

Icon inspectr bar.jpg

Icon renamer.jpg Renamer – Click to open the Renamer and change the internal or external names.

Icon install.jpg Install – Click to move the profile into the “ColorSync Profiles” folder. This is disabled if the profile is already installed.

Icon medic.jpg Profile Medic – Click to run Profile Medic on the profile and step through the repair process. This is the same process as running Profile Medic from the main menu bar except fixes are performed only on the open profile. This is disabled if no warnings or errors are found in the profile.

Icon linker2.jpg Profile Linker – Click to open a new PL window and add the profile as the source profile. Option-clicking this button will add the profile as the destination instead.

Icon 2D.jpg 2D Graphing – Click to graph profile in 2D in the Grapher. To add profile to an existing graph, drag profile icon onto open graph window.

Icon 3D2.jpg 3D Graphing – Click to graph profile in 3D in the Grapher. To add profile to an existing graph, drag profile icon onto open graph window.

The Profile Inspector window is composed of several “Tabs”
Profile inspectorb.jpg

Overview Tab

Colorsync ok.jpg OR Colorsync not.jpg

ColorSync Check

This indicator displays whether or not ColorSync’s validation procedure found the profile to be sound. ColorSync uses different validation checks for profiles than the Profile Inspector, this information is shown to confirm that ColorSync likes it too. (Mac only)

Device and PCS text

The box area on the left of the Overview Tab summarizes the information regarding the device colorspace of the profile. The box on the right summarizes the information regarding the Profile Connection Space (PSC) of the profile.


The arrows summarize the type of profile (matrix vs. look up table – LUT, vs. NCP), the accuracy (8 or 16 bit), the grid size of a LUT-based profile, and the number of custom colors in a Named Color Profile (NCP).

The Color Tabs

The color tabs represent different colors depending on the profiles involved:

Other notes

Header Fields Tab

Inspector head.jpg

The header fields in an ICC profile contain information and settings that apply to all ICC profile types. Most of these fields are for information purposes only but some can be edited:

Please refer to the ICC specification for more information. A link to the ICC website is available in the ColorThink About Box and the “Web” menu.

Tag Table Browser

Tag table.jpg

The tag table in an ICC profile contains a series of data fields that are variable length and contain many different types of information. Text, color, device settings, descriptions and other information are contained in tags. The ICC profile specification requires some tags to be supplied in each type of profile. Additional “private” tags can be supplied by profile making or editing applications and may be used by CMM’s to render color differently. ColorThink recognizes all ICC-approved tags and a descriptive explanation is given for each of these tag types. Private unrecognized tags are marked as such. If a profile manufacturer is willing to make their private tag information available to CHROMiX, we will consider writing tag interpreters for their tags into future versions of ColorThink.

Please contact us for more information.

> The Tag List – displays each tag in the profile including it’s data type and a description field.
> Click on a tag for more information including where in the profile the tag resides and a summary of the tags information.
> Color tags are shown in several different coordinate systems and a color tab displays the color for viewing or graphing.
> “Text” data types can be exported into text files for further processing. Some profile-building applications (such as GretagMacbeth ProfileMaker Pro) embed the original measurement and reference data in the profile in the form of “Text” tags. These lists can be exported and read back as Color Lists for analysis or graphing.

Curves Tab

Curves tab.jpg

This screen gives a 2D graph of the neutral rendering curves.

Change the rendering intent that is graphed by clicking the drop-down box under "Rendering Intent."

The axis are not labeled, but they can be thought of in the following way:



If any errors or warnings are discovered as the profile is opened,

a caution Icon caution.jpg

or stop Icon stop.jpg icon will appear in the “Errors and Warnings” tab to alert you of the problem. All errors and warnings will be summarized in this tab. Click the Profile Medic button to perform the necessary fixes on the profile.

Drag and Drop the profile icon onto:
> a graph button or into an existing graph to add it to the graph.
> the PL button or an open PL window to add it to a device link profile.
> an open image window to embed it into the image file.
> a Color List window to convert the list using the profile’s color information.

Go on to the next section: Profile Medic

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