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> A good rip with all the bells and whistles would be more digestable in > the $1,000 to $1,500 range. Still expensive but reachable for people > using them for commercial production. > > Jim Davis > www.visual-artists.com Jim, Even at that price, the cost of a RIP is way out of line for those of us in the "amateur" or "hobbyist" category, particularly considering that the printer(s) being driven often cost a small fraction of that amount. I'm talking about personal, non-commercial situations here. Of course, there are more "reasonably priced" RIPs, but the couple that I tried were both inferior to the standard Epson driver -- so why bother? For $250, you get a damned nice printer, plus software, from Epson. RIP vendors only have to supply the software. You're telling me they can't get adequate profits at $250 a pop? If the quality and *utility* of such a thing were apparent to us amateurs, there would almost certainly be a sufficient market to make such a thing profitable. If the Birmy RIP had produced an output (on my '700) that was at least equal to that of the Epson driver, I probably would have bought it. My '700 cost me $250, more or less. If there were a software product for $125 or even $250 that significantly enhanced its output, I would have to give it serious consideration. At $1500, no way. rafe b. - Please: Stay on topic. Trim quoted messages. http://www.leben.com/lists for list instructions.
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