Have you noticed a pesky little program called “XRD Software Update” popping up in the dock on your Mac? This mysterious software will keep popping up even after you close it, but it’s not clear what XRD Software Update is, what it is supposed to do, and how you can delete it. Here we will explain what XRD does and how to solve this annoying problem on Mac computers.
What is XRD Software Update
XRD Software Update handles automatic updates for X‑Rite Device Services (XRD) 3.0.101, the display calibration software that comes with i1Profiler 3.1.1 and i1Studio 1.5.1. XRD seems to check for updates on a very frequent basis, resulting in needless pop-ups. You may also see this error if you have installed color calibration software affiliated with X‑Rite through third parties, most notably the Pantone Color Management software.
How to disable the XRD Software Update Message
There are three ways you can disable this message on Mac:
- Update i1Profiler or i1Studio to the latest version. Updating the software to the latest version will stop the update service from launching. Note that you must restart your Mac after installation, so plan ahead.
- Use AppZapper to remove annoying apps. This tool is amazing for getting rid of pesky apps. Uninstalling XRD will not affect your color profiles or X‑Rite software.
- Remove the .plst file. Go to Macintosh HD>Library>LaunchAgents in Finder. Search for com.xrite.device.softwareupdate.plist and delete it.
Alternative Solution: Switch to DisplayCal
News flash: you don’t need to use the X‑Rite software that came with your X‑Rite colorimeter. It’s possible to use the hardware with other software such as the open source DisplayCal to calibrate your monitor. Just be sure to uninstall the X‑Rite software first.
Fans of DisplayCal report that it is faster, more reliable, and has more features than the software from X‑rite.