I know people are going to think that I am just plain stupid, but after wrestling with CalMAN 4.0 for a couple of hours now, I have made very little progress. For example, there is a tutorial which loads by default when you open CalMAN for the first time. I tried figuring out how to use CalMAN without reading any docs, and that turned out to be totally hopeless, so I decided to keep my cool and start reading the introductory tutorial. It didn't take too long before I ran into some frustration:
In the workflow window on the upper left I had reached the point labeled "Using Workflows". In that screen the tutorial shows a picture of what a typical workflow screen looks like, but I could not find any such screen...
The tutorial failed to explain 3 very important points:
1. The tutorial itself is a workflow, and until you unload it and load a proper workflow, you will never see the screen that they pictured. My initial assumption was that the tutorial was ALWAYS available (you know, like help files are) and was not in itself considered to be a "workflow" per se, but I was wrong...
2. Before you can see the screen you have shown on that page, you will need to load a different workflow. (Ah, this was key!
3. The way to load workflows is to left click on the "load workflow" icon just below the workflow window, then pick a workflow from the list, and then click on the "open" button. (Actually you skimmed over this point earlier, but since it had not been referenced yet, it meant very little at the time. I found it later when I went back.)
You never mentioned the first 2 points in your tutorial (or maybe I missed them), and the only way I found out what was going on was by randomly clicking on things until I saw something that I suspected might be the right thing to do. If you had mentioned the 3 points I outlined above, you would have saved me at least an hour of frustration.
Guys, you really need to work on your user friendliness, or, if you can't make the program more user friendly, then you need to write much better tutorials...you know, like the "Dummies" series. I am the original "DUMMY" that inspired the entire series. You need to write this stuff for the lowest common denominator...ME!
Another example - I connected my Chroma 5 meter. I had the software search for the meter and it found it just fine. I initialized the meter, but I have no idea if it is properly initialized or not because the program does not inform me of its status either way. Wouldn't it be nice to simply provide a window saying "meter ready to go" or "initialization failed" or SOMETHING to let me know what is going on? (and yes, I made sure to pick the Chroma 5 in the meter settings window.)
Once you've got the Meter Profile Editor open, you simply select the meter, click add profile, then you can manually enter the profile.
Where? When I click on the "add profile" button, nothing happens. At the bottom of that window is an ominous looking chart that has XYZ on the vertical axis and IXYZ on the horizontal, but I have no idea what it is for. The offsets I am looking to enter are in the form of x and y (small x and small y) for RGBYCMW. I will keep looking for a place to enter that data.
Sorry for the rant. It must be me...I'm just totally stupid and inept.
P.S. - There is no need to provide specific answers to my questions/complaints. I would like to struggle along using the tutorial to see just how far I can get without human assistance. I just wanted to give you feedback on my experiences so far. Hopefully the road will be a lot smoother from here.