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Ah, I'm drooling. But ... does it work on Win 98? -----Original Message----- From: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com]On Behalf Of CDTobie@aol.com Sent: Wednesday, August 25, 1999 8:54 AM To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: Re: More on PraxiSoft WiziWYG I promised I would post further results with PraxiSoft's new WiziWYG ICC profile creation software as it became available, so here is the next installment: WiziWYG will create RGB profiles for RGB printer drivers (It will also create CMYK profiles, but this will be a bit more complicated to test and compare, soI've left that until later). I started by creating side-by-side profiles using WiziWYG and EZ Color and the same scanner (Epson Expression 836XL), the same printer (Epson Stylus 3000) and the same ink and paper (Epson Photo Quality inkjet paper and Fotonic CMYK inks). This was equally fast and easy in both programs. They even both generate the same error on attempting to access the scanner's twain driver, I prefer to scan my targets myself anyhow, and did so in both cases. Assuming that I had minimized as many variables as possible, I then produced side-by-side prints on the 3000 using the PhotoDisc test image and setting the profiles in the ColorSpace popdown menu from Photoshop 5. The results definitely reflected the profiles chosen. The EZ Color image was about as I have come to expect from EZ: rather pale and flat with washed out blacks and a lack of punch that good contrast can bring. The WiziWYG profiled print was excellent. The contrast was improved, the color were brighter, the skintones and other memory colors read truer to expectations. And of course the dithering in both prints was that gorgeous Epson dithering... so here was a print that I would say was about as optimized as an RGB driver print could be. Really something to get excited about. The last time I made an Epson driver profile that created prints this nice, there had been six or eight thousand dollars worth of special equipment involved. This one used a flatbed scanner and a $79 buck program. Wow... So; would it have been possible to tweak the EZ Color print by adjusting white and black points, contrast etc... blindly after converting to the printer profile? Perhaps, but why would one bother when it can be done seamlessly by a program as low cost as WiziWYG? The majority of Epson users print directly from the RGB drivers, and this product improves the results that can be achieved using that method. How if functions for RIP users is still an open question, though it is certainly promising there as well, and as optimal as the prints obtained with WiziWYG custom printer profiles are, they still lack the kind of color that PostScript users have come to think of as "PostScript color", but the difference is certainly diminishing. We won't know the whole story until a body of users try out WiziWYG with a variety of equipment, supplies and uses, but this is certainly a product to try. C. David Tobie Design Cooperative CDTobie@designcoop.com - Please do not include an entire message in your response. Delete the excess. http://www.leben.com/lists for list instructions. - 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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