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J. Arthur Davis wrote: > > > > > 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. This is an industry-wide phenomenon. Add-ons can eat your budget up in a hurry. Doesn't take long to exceed the cost of the original software (e.g. Quark, Photoshop) with third-party plugins, most of them having a rather limited feature set. (Admittedly, a few of them are as complex as stand-alone applications) We keep buying into it though, thus perpetuating it. Compact disks are cheaper to manufacture than a cassette, however they cost about $4 more. There's a real 'RIP' for ya. It's whatever the market will bear. > As you mentioned you purchased low priced rips and they were not worth > the cost. The old adage says you get what you pay for. I think the Birmy RIP, for it's few faults, fills an important niche. I use it to proof PostScript projects that are headed for offset press. Granted, the screening isn't perfect, but it does a fine job, and the fact that it incorporates a genuine Adobe Level 3 interpreter is an advantage not to be downplayed. It allows me to image full-bleed tabloid pages with all printers marks using my Epson Photo EX and 11.7" x 19" paper. It's just the ticket for what I do. Ken ____________________________ Luck comes in two flavors... ____________________________ - Please: Stay on topic. Trim quoted messages. http://www.leben.com/lists for list instructions.