Colorport can generate TIFF and reference from data you input by importing file or type values by hand.
Correct. But that can be any reference from another product! It could be a reference file from ProfileMaker Pro!
But Colorport can't create anything if you do not have any data.
So by any means colorport is not a workaround i1profiler to make targets with fewer patches. PM5 engine is too old
Nothing is a workaround for i1Profiler in terms of it’s profile generation engine. It is unique. So was PMP’s. ProfileMaker Pro like ColorPort could accept a txt file to create targets. But when you asked it (or i1P) for 900 patches, it decides what to build. You have no control over that. You can only control the number of patches (and size etc).
The colormunki doesn't work with EyeOne spectro does it?
I don’t think that is possible. And the patches it makes are huge. But if you could get a txt file (reference data), you should be able to load it into either PMP or ColorPort. Then create a reference and a TIFF.
And there is no reason why i1Profile would not allow to make like 200 patches because PM5 allows to make as few as 8 patches, if the user is smart enough nobody is going to be using 8 patches to build profiles.
There is a difference between making a target for linearization and one for an actual profile. You could probably build an OK 8 patch target for a linearization on a well behaved device. You’d never build an output profile that was anything but pure crap. And again, if you want to export something from PMP and load that reference text file into ColorPort, you can.