Ok I've decided to use Zenfolio for online proofing and I'm contemplating using Mpix as the lab to order my prints from. I've read all the information on the Mpix website about monitor calibration and soft proofing. The software they suggest for calibration (x-rite i1display 2) is pretty expensive, as are most of the calibration systems I've looked up. Do all calibration systems work the same way? I'm perplexed because I'm wondering how software can calibrate my monitor to print at a specific lab... I'm pretty confused about that. Another issue I have is that I currently work on a laptop. I know that I will have to invest in a good monitor sooner rather than later. The x-rite i1display2 software claims to be able to calibrate laptop screens, is this possible? Can I get away with only using my laptop for now and still get prints that come close to what I see on my screen? Purchasing both a monitor and calibration software will be a big expense for me right now... although I know how important it is. I have two other options when it comes to printing at Mpix, but I'm not sure if either of these options will be worthwhile when it comes down to the final print. 1) Mpix does offer to color correct photos automatically, does anyone know if I can trust such a task to this lab? 2) Mpix offers a cheap calibration package that includes a print of several images along with a disc with those same images so that I can adjust my screen settings myself. Will this work even half as good as calibration? Of course these other two options would be only temporary, I'm wondering if any of you have experience using these techniques. If anyone could recommend other calibration software I'd be grateful. Any other suggestions are greatly appreciated.