Sunday, June 05, 2011

Colour management FAIL in Chrome and Android browser

Yes, I know it's been a while since I posted. Put it down to a life phase crisis.

But the flat in Morocco is finished and available for rent. During the quieter months of the year, it's heaven to lie in bed at night and hear the waves slapping on the shore.

Mobile broadband has not improved particularly for visiting tourists. Several hotels have free-ish wifi connections. Don't look for widespread free wifi in Tangier. Nor, am I told, is installed ADSL reliable. I haven't asked for a broadband connection to my flat as a result. Check out McD's opposite my flat for free wifi - sometimes.

But this is not the point of this post. I have been taking my photography much more seriously over the year and have installed Lightroom 3.4.1 and Photoshop CS5 with Adobe RAW Converter as a result.

Delightedly, I have started taking photos in Camera RAW, tweaking them a bit in these two programs and saving them as jpgs for upload to Flickr.

Imagine my horror when on viewing them in the browser, the colour balance was totally wrong and the photos looked dreadful.

At first I thought it must be me. I'd done something wrong in the processing, or not altered a crucial setting somewhere.

And then, in desperation, I opened the flickr page in Internet Explorer, which rendered the photos exactly as I had seen them in CS 5 and Lightroom after editing. As does Firefox, and FF and Safari on a Mac.

So it is NOT me. What then is the culprit?

Google CHROME. I use the Chrome browser all the time. A Google (ahem) search brought up results instantaneously. Google does not support colour management. Whereas other browsers do.

Not only that, the Android browser on mobile and tablet devices doesn't seem to support colour management either. I had a quick look on my Xoom to check.

This is awful Google. I don't even know whether I'm seeing any of my other photos on Chrome as others see them.

I did try this tip for adding 'enable colour profile,' but it didn't seem to work.

How can this have been allowed to go on for so long. It's not as if I'm the first to howl with rage.

Please, please Google, get some colour management into the act for your browsers. Or somebody else out there tell me what I could have missed.

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