Here's how it works: Print the CB linearization image with the MCT Tool, read the Linearization target in SpecralVision, load it in CB and have it graph the results with the Chroma graphing option
I know we don't want to build a profile BUT... are these features part of the module to build a profile? I read in the target and then saved it via SV but I can't find any way to load it into CB. When the dongle is in place, SV will automatically transfer the data to CB if I understood the manual correctly.The other method is to open it from within CB. In CB itself if you click on ink and color, Ink Curves, Linearization, and Ink Limit are greyed out. If I'm not mistaken, in order to open that Linearization file you need to click on the Linearization tab in the Ink and Colors module and then click the open button.
There's a high probability that I'm doing something wrong but in the mean time I created my own test file. They had some color blocks (0,0,255; 0,255,0; 0,255,255; 255,0,0; 255,0,255; 255,255,0; 255,255,255; 128,128,128). Then I had two strips, one with a black background and one with a white. On each there were 9 blocks inside each strip. In the black strip the first block would be 0,0,0, the second 2,2,2, the third, 4,4,4, etc. I did the same thing with the white only in reverse. Finally I also had a Granger Chart on there.
I'd created 3 media types to start out with using Hahnemuhle Photo Rag Satin, low, medium low, and medium. Looking at the prints with a 4700ºk Solux bulb, the low and medium low ink limits I can see the blocks down to 2,2,2. Overall the distinction on the medium low is better than on medium. When you get to medium you can no longer easily see the 2,2,2 block. If you tilt the print there's some gloss differential there and you can see the blocks but that doesn't really help for normal viewing of the print.
Unfortunately Monaco Profiler doesn't have anything I can use to measure dMax but I do have an Eye One Extreme as well so I can at least measure dE between patches using Eye One Share. Measuring the distance between the low black patch and the medium patch I get a difference of 1.5 - 1.8 dE. Between the medium low and medium I get 0.1 dE which is within the noise floor of the i1 Pro. Another thing I noted is that if I measured multiple spots on the low setting the dE would vary by up to 0.5 - 0.6 dE. On the medium patch it was about 0.3 dE. the Medium Low was about 0.1 dE between multple spots, again within the noise floor of the i1 Pro.
Don't know that this proves anything or not but visually the medium low did appear to be the best.
Another observation, on the granger chart with the medium print I noticed what appeared to be heavy pooling in areas of purple and blue.
I haven't measured the other patches yet so I'm not sure how they're responding.