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----- Original Message ----- From: <CDTobie@aol.com> To: <email@example.com>; <firstname.lastname@example.org> Sent: Friday, March 29, 2002 1:43 PM >> Alan Rew asked Dave Tobie: > >Could you please give us your expert views on the suitability of the HP > >10PS printer for photo printing? It's marketed by HP as a proofing > > printer for pre-press. > Dave replied: > Yes, and there is absolutely no consideration of life expectancy... this is a > *proofer*... This sounds like a strong warning against its use for photo printing! > >When my Epson SP1200 gives up the ghost I'd consider the 10PS if it was > >suitable for this purpose, as it's within my price range. > Why would you need PostScript for your image printing? In the long term, when/if I can afford better tools, and the time to learn more, I'd like to be able to do my own CMYK profiling. So it's really a CMYK RIP issue, not a PostScript issue. RGB profiling is all very well, but sometimes I get black ink used in parts of an image where I don't want to see it, and tuneable black generation curves are presumably needed to cure this sort of problem. > >Would the self-calibration cope with third party papers, or will it only > >cope with HP papers? > The self calibration is to assist in keeping the device consistant... not > make it work with different media; in fact getting you to *not* use third > party media is a more likely scenario... Ah! So it would screw up if fed a diet of non-HP paper? A cunning ruse. I'm surprised Epson haven't latched on to this idea. With chipped cartridges, and a sensor that detects the presence or absence of Epson paper, they'd have your workflow nicely sewn up! > >Do the HP inks have a large enough gamut for photo prints? > Yes, the gamut is quite good; though that is seldom seeen since it is usually > dumbed dwon to press simulations... but what good is that if it has no > consideration of longevity? I think I get your drift... > >How good is the dithering of the supplied RIP? > Very good dithering. The RIP is not a muscle RIP... I have three or four > other RIPs on my machine that can beat it with one hand tied behind their > back, but it is more rubust than PressReady, for instance; and beats > StylusRIP hollow.. Thanks for taking the time to answer these points Dave, your replies are very helpful. Regards, Alan Rew - Turn off HTML mail features. Keep quoted material short. Use accurate subject lines. http://www.leben.com/lists for list instructions.