Ok, I have been playing color management all night, and gee it's confusing!
I noticed this with a set of images I took today. In zoombrowser, windows, dpp, and irfanview the colors are a bit washed out, the best way I could describe it is the skin tones are pale.
I opened the image in Camera Raw 4.5 and it had much nicer skin tones and more warmth about it. Does this mean the camera is putting some color profile with the image and camera raw is reading it? So ok, I tweak a bit and click open image. Ahh! PSE7 opens it up and its back to pale again! Right, color mgt was turned off in PSE7. Turn it on and all looks nice again. I had a look around Camera Raw 4.5 and it appears you can not change how it displays the color, it seems the profile is on - full stop.
Ok back to PSE7 and time to save for web...click and back to pale! right click the images in the previews and I can change from 'uncompensated color' to 'use document color profile' and it changes nicely. Ok I can deal with that.
I then had a play with the 'ICC profile' ticked or unticked and saved a couple of images (one on and one off). In FF3.5 I get what I would expect, the one with ICC on looks warm, the one with it off looks pale. (I also found Arthurs color mgt thread and it appears I have color mgt working fine in FF3.5 - all good!) I've attached the images below (with the effect exaggerated) tell me if you see a difference or not?
Now back to windows, irfanview, dpp, zoombrowser. Windows and irfanview I cant get to change, they just appear pale no matter what. I played with the color management settings in dpp and zoombrowswer, they seem to effect the raw files but not the two test jpgs I created before, they still look pale.
Anyway, I have probably raised too many questions in one hit here, so I'll try and summerise...
Obviously I want to edit and view my images at their best when on my screen, posted to the web and printed (I haven't even gone to printing yet, no doubt that will be another adventure!!)
Before I go Can anyone tell me what the best way to manage all this might be?