ColorThink Pro - Profile Manager
Use Profile Manager to organize the profiles you have installed on your system. Profile Manager has 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 Computer’s iTunes software should find the interface familiar. Profiles can be enabled or disabled individually or in sets.
Opening the Profile Manager
To Open the Profile Manager:
- Choose “System, Open Profile Manager” - or -
- Type command/control-M - or -
- Click the Profile Manager button on the menu bar.
Profile Manager will open and begin scanning the appropriate folder locations for ICC 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 their proper locations. 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 a window similar to the example on the right.
Profile Manager Window
The Icons – each profile is displayed with an icon as illustrated below:
- Profile icon - "This 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.)
- Caution – "The profile failed the name parity test." Its internal name is different from the file name.
- Stop sign - "This file is not a recognizable profile."
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 folders for 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.
- This function acts like sets in the Mac OS 9 Extension Manager but with a few more options including "no sets."
- When the current profiles do not match the current set, Profile Manager prompts to impose the set, do nothing, or update the set. If nothing or "update" is chosen then new additions are marked in BOLD. Empty folders may prompt the user to change a set yet not be displayed when "Show in folders" is not selected.
- A diamond will appear next to the sets popup menu showing the set has been altered and the change has not been saved.
Display of Profile Information
- Profile Manager performs a quick check to determine file type, internal name, profile type and space and also checks for name parity (the same name internally as externally). By default, the name parity check is disabled but can be enabled in Preferences.
- Click on an item in the Locations list to select all installed profiles or those located only in a selected location.
- Click on an item in the Types list to select profiles by their type.
- Click on an item in the Color Spaces list to select profiles by their color space.
- Right click on a profile to bring up more options: Graph in 2D, 3D, rename, etc.
Through these three lists you can quickly choose profiles that fit your search requirements. The relevant profiles appear in the lower listbox for your inspection.
- Click on a profile to get a quick summary of profile information in the left window including the internal and external (file) names, location, size, etc.
- Click on a column header to sort the list by the contents of that column.
- Profiles can be displayed by internal or external name by selecting “External Name” or “Internal Name” at the bottom of the window. The current selection with be underlined.
- Disabled profiles can be hidden by unchecking "Show Disabled Profiles". Disabling a profile when "Show Disabled Profiles" is unchecked will make the profile "poof" disappear. A little surprising at first but cool overall.
Opening a profile
- Double-click a profile in the list - or -
- Select a profile and choose “ProfileOpen with Profile Inspector” - or -
- Select a profile and press command-I
The profile will open in the Profile Inspector.
Renaming a profile
Select “ProfileRename Profile…” and the Renamer will open for renaming.
See Profile Renamer for details on this function.
Restructuring / Rewriting a profile
Select “ProfileRestructure Profile"
This will read in the profile and write it back out to disk – see Restructure Profile above for more information
Drag & Drop Options
Drag profiles out of the Profile Manager list to:
- The menu bar - to open it.
- Into an open graph or a graph button on the menu bar to graph it, or add it to a graph.
- Onto an open Color Worksheet window to assign the profile to an image or convert the image using the profile.
With the Profiles List activated...
- Press a key to jump to profiles starting with that letter.
With a Profile selected...
- Press enter / return to open the profile in the Profile Inspector.
- Press control/command-R to rename the profile in the Renamer.