Dear Ink Jet Mall:
First let me say that Inkjetmall really tried to help me out on my old Epson 4800. They (Walker) did their best to try and help me un-clog the print head, doing everything from PiezoFlush with blank, resettable carts, replacing the dampers and capping station, to the waterfall trick on the print head with a syringe and solvent.
Unfortunately, none of that worked because the print head was electronically fried. So after 8 years I had to send my Epson 4800 to printer heaven.
So…fast forwarding I just purchased a refurbished Epson 4900 from the Epson Clearance Center. It’s a great printer! I’ve been trying out the canned-Epson ICC profiles and they are not bad. But now I need some advice from you Pros out there.
Preamble: I am using Windows XP Professional and Photoshop CS5. I have no plans at this time to upgrade my OS or PShop. My skill set is “professional amateur” and I don’t mind experimenting to the point of voiding my printer’s warranty.
- If I were to purchase the optional SpectroProofer 17, what RIP software would you recommend? (I was just researching Mirage 4 for example).
- Do I need to purchase a full RIP software package or is there some PShop plug in for the SpectroProofer 17 that will just make ICC profiles?
- What is anyone’s experience using the SpectroProofer 17 with paper other than Epson, ie. really thick non-brightened paper like Hahnemuhle?
Thanks in advance!