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Paul Mirocha <[log in to unmask]>
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Tue, 25 Nov 1997 15:45:39 +0000
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> Dear Gail and Clara,
> The software I mentioned is called "Epson Powerrip Postscrip" and sells
> from my ClubMac catalog for $199.  The $250 price I quoted is for the
> Stylus Pro XL (12x18"printer) software.  I would assume that the $89
> third party version would be a better choice if Epson recommends it.
> I've printed Illustrator 6.0 files in their native formats from my Mac.
> Some included EPS, Photoshop 3.0, TIFF, and PICT placements- and all of
> these printed well. All of my Quark documents contained only PICT files, I
> would try an EPS sample as a test if my inks weren't so low.
> The only times I've encountered pixelation was when printing a desktop
> window and a friends Quark document that did not have the printer fonts
> collected and installed.  A friend of mine was convinced by the
> MacWarehouse salesperson that she needed the $199 software, and since then
> I've begun to worry.  I wonder, for example, if a program like Painter 5.0
> which creates a combination of raster and vector based art has an internal
> driver.
> Cheers,
> Graham

I use PowerRip postscript software on my Epson Stylus Pro and it's good
news and bad news: Good news is it makes beautiful prints from all my
postscript art, when it's working. Epson is a great printer too. Bad
News is PowerRip is the buggiest and most crazy-making software I've
ever dealt with. I've spent hours on the phone talking to the techies;
more than any other item I have. I suspect most postscript software will
have the same drawbacks. Postscript should be properly  hard-wired into
the printer on a circuit board. The software versions will always be
buggy, eat up processor time, and conflict with other software. I'd
never waste my time, money, or brain waves on it.

I have heard that Epson came out with a hard-wired Postscript printer
and that is what I would go for. I can ask a designer friend who just
got one.

by the way, Graham, any tips you  have on PowerRip?

Paul Mirocha Design
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