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> Rafe B. wrote: > > > > OK, so I've decided to try working through a RIP, > > just to see what it's all about, and what might > > be gained over the Epson print driver. > > Well, I remember you relating - quite emphatically - in several > messages a week or so ago all of the reasons that you didn't need a RIP. > > > Ordered the demo of Birmy's PowerRip (V 5.2) for the > > Epson 700. > Nice test - especially the part with the RGB-TIFF that didn't print as good using the Birmy as with the native Epson driver. I think Rafe is the typical example of someone who clearly does not need a RIP. As Ken explained in his mail posted on Saturday, a RIP is extremely useful for people who work pre press. Where elements out of several programs are combined on one page (e.g. using XPress or PageMaker) and where vector graphics or EPS elements are also used. A RIP is not needed if you only work in PhotoShop or a similar program. These programs offer often a pretty good handling of RGB files that can be easily printed using the original printer driver. ICC profiles and several PhotoShop settings may improve the image quality significantly. Even proof quality is achievable this way - but if you combine your PhotoShop images on a page with other graphic elements (e.g. Illustrator, Freehand or Corel) then proofing may become very difficult and even printing can cause some problems (EPS-elements). In this case there are several products available that offer assistance. The easiest product is Epson's Stylus RIP that allows to print such pages including EPS-files or to print Quark XPress files (where it is not so simple or in some versions impossible to print to non-PS printers). A product like Birmy's PowerRIP offers an clear defined CMYK input, more settings and profile based color management to print your files as you see them on your monitor. This softproof shows pretty good how a print job would look like. PS-fonts and other PS-effects (like PS-patterns) can be printed this way. The next step are products like BESTColor that are clearly addressed to professionals in design, advertising, prepress and publishing. These products allow also to simulate the color behaviour of the final press by choosing a 2nd profile, they recombine separated jobs and show so also trapping, overprinting, the usage of DCS files and even individual spot colors. Also interfaces to image setter RIPs are not unusual (BESTColor has built-in Delta support). Also these products become very useful for reproduction professionals because any conversion within PhotoShop to match on another paper becomes unnecessary - it is done within the RIP, so your workstation is immediately free after saving a copy of your RGB file to a drop-folder, that is set up for the loaded paper. When you change the paper you just place a copy in the folder for this paper and that's it. It also avoids multiple copies (for multiple papers) on your workstation and so you never accidently delete the wrong file from your hard disk. But these professional features have their prices. Usually those products are $1000-5000 (BESTColor $1799) and even more expensive for large format printers: $2500-10000 (BESTColorXXL $3499). But these products are for professionals and the companies have to offer professional support, trainings and supplies (BEST takes this part very serious). But the demo-version is free <G>. Check out Joseph Yates' RIP comparison page for more details: http://www.islandartcards.com/epson/RIPcompare.html if you want to know more about BESTColor/BESTColorXXL send me an email or visit http://www.bestcolor.com Juergen Roesch Technical Director BEST Software Inc. 190 East Main Street Huntington NY 11743 - USA Phone 516-423-3710 mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org Fax 516-423-5008 http://www.bestcolor.com -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=- Please: Stay on topic. Trim quoted messages. http://www.leben.com/lists for list instructions.
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