PostScript Font Problem Fixed, but Everything Looks Darker in Snow Leopard

Apple’s Mac OS X 10.6.2 update does fix the PostScript font issue that affected QuarkXPress (yay!), but here’s another little issue to watch out for:

In Mac OS X 10.6 “Snow Leopard”, Apple has switched to a default gamma of 2.2, which is what Windows has always used because it’s closer to a home television. Because of this, colors that aren’t color-managed are going to look darker — closer to what Windows users see.

All previous versions of the Mac operating system used a gamma of 1.8, which is closer to how text and images appear on paper.

To compound the problem, other than Pantone’s ColorMunki, all the color calibrators rely on PowerPC code, which requires Rosetta be installed on Mac OS X. Rosetta is not installed by default, but can be downloaded from Apple’s website.