>> Hm, camera profiling outside of DNG has little justification?
> Based on how well it works, sure.
It does not work well first of all; second, ColorChecker Passport Beta included general icc profiler; third, icc is a standard and dropping support for a standard does not look good; forth - the decision not to support general icc profiles for cameras is dangerously close to interfering with non-ACR/LR workflows which are many; finally, 24 reflective patches are not enough if one needs a good reproduction of, say, a painting - it is done using a custom target made with the paints that are close to those that were actually used, the very minimum, and it is totally insufficient for normal profiling of cameras which includes spectral measurements of AA/CFA/sensor characteristics.
> ICC camera profiling IMHO has always been hit or miss for a lot of reasons
Main reason is, it was not payed enough attention.
> The ColorChecker product produces quite a different kind of profile
I know what is that "profile". I can even generate normal icc profiles from it.
> Just what companies are producing high-end scanners what would not be able to use scanner profiles built in PMP or PROFILER?
No grey field equalization and no flare compensation is enough not to use any current XRite products for high-quality scanner profiling. The offerings they have here are based on 15-year old technology, are not based on the spectral measurements of film dyes and substrate, do not allow entry of the colour filters SPDs, and are not well-suited for current films and papers.
> So you are saying the vast majority of users would be happy to spend more money on i1P for those features?
Ah, that was my fav. You probably ever heard of modules, separate licensing, plugins, etc., right?
With 3 CTP, 2 Heidelbergs, proofers etc., quality monitors, booths, lights, pre-press and pressmen salaries, huge building, do you think the price matters if the product really offers a solution? That was a rhetorical question of course.
Hypothesis does not work well, but carry on...