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Miller, in reading your posting below, and certainly the last two paragraphs, you might agree that there is a bit of your own 'attitude' that comes through. You are right that 'we're not idiots here.' We are people of broadly varying backgrounds and experiences who hopefully can come together in respect to share and learn from each other. It is that quality that makes this list have ongoing strength and value. Mr. Tobie is a valued contributor to this list, and he has selflessly offered his knowledge and expertise to many. Perhaps it is your intent to add to the list by offering a counterpoint to his posting, but to express a point to an individual or to the group in a 'flaming' way discredits the point and the contributor. It makes the flamer appear the idiot. Ken Johnston / Heartworks, Inc. / Dallas, TX USA ---------- Miller wrote:<<Glad to hear that someone else has seen this problem. However, I think you are a bit too quick to dismiss this: To call the Epson drivers "free" diverts attention from the fact that in the absence of a suitable PostScript RIP, the printer is useless for color management using the EZ color product. The drivers that come from vendors with the purchase of their printers should be expected to function correctly. The driver claims to support ColorSync, but it doesn't. That's a bug, not an expected limitation of "free" software. As for PostScript RIPS, I own two of them. The Epson RIP (I believe that this is actually the Birmy RIP) that came with the printer and PhotoScript. PhotoScript never did function--it simply crashes when trying to RIP an image. PhotoScript appears to be no longer supported so I can't even get support for this product even though I paid good money for it! As for Birmy, others on this list have indicated that the half-tone performance is unacceptable. The "free" drivers support error diffusion which better utilizes the capabilities of the printer to render fine art prints. We haven't bothered to load the Birmy for this reason. I also do not know to what extent the Epson-Birmy RIP supports EZ Color. Oh, and, a Fractal Painter file is not a TIFF and it can not be "drop converted." It must be exported as a TIFF, profiled, printed, then when edits are needed, the process must be repeated. Why not just File|Print the way the driver was intended to work? > EZ Color makes great profiles for CMYK RIPs, far better than the results from > using EZ Color on the free drivers. What RIP are you using? And after parking your attitude, could you tell us why you think the color is better? What other differences in the output of photographic images do you notice when comparing the two drivers? Halftone spot size and texture? Banding? Overall ink density? We're not idiots here, Tobie. Please don't treat us as though we are. -- Miller>> - Please do not include an entire message in your response. Delete the excess. http://www.leben.com/lists for list instructions.
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