So, months and months have gone by since I purchased the initial (inisial for you weirdos) release of Calman Home for Sony. My first attempts at connecting and calibrating were a complete failure, the app would never connect to the program, and manual calibration was extremely limited (2.2 SDR manual only) and results were horrible. Fast forward to todayt...just ordered a new Sony X950H, and thought I would blow out my old settings on the X900F and see if I could get the software to work...the newer version that is, R3.
Downloaded, actually suprised it let me install as I saw warnings about my purchase date beiung before the cut off for updating...regardless, it installed. lots of new options, all the optionms I expected in the initial release, including BT.1886, PQ HDR, and amazingly, HLG. I reinstalled the Bravia Calman app on the TV, and everything just worked out of the box....almost. The DCC reset did not work properly. I did it the first time, and it only reset most of the picture profile settings, leaving all my old 2 point bias and gain, and enabling medium local dimming for some reason. After a full calibration with horrendous results (1.8dE greyscale), I reset those manually after another DCC reset, ran through AutoCal, and success, a pretty calibration (0.3dE greyscale/0.8dE color) about as worthy as one I would spend 85% of the time I normally do in HCFR. I can now change my recommendation from "die evil software die!", to "this is pretty cool, you should buy it for $145USD".
Strangely enough, I see that autocal only performs a 10 point, the 2 point bias and gains are all left at default...I can understand this simpifies allowing the color to transfer to other picture modes without having to manually enter the bias and gain for each one, but still...weird.