I suggest EFI or PosterPrint by Ergosoft..
If, as you claim, you've tried them all and claim none are able to better the Epson driver, why then does Mark Dubovoy absiolutely insist he can see VISUAL improvements to his prints when using ImagePrint 9? And he did a blind test with several people, both photographers and non-photographers and the answers were unanimous - EVERY person chose the ImagePrint output as being better/higher quality than the Epson driver output.
And EXACTLY what where the downfalls of MegaRIP or BlackMagic? Vincent Versace is sponsored by Epson and X-Rite, yet he still uses BlackMagic for some of his extremely high-end print work when the Epson driver simply cannot output the image the way he desires it to be printed.
And when you say that you've tried ALL of the RIPs available, how much did you actually get to try them? Did you linearize, profile and optimize those profiles for EVERY single RIP available? Would have taken you months, if not years to do that for just a few papers per RIP.
You really should not make such ridiculous and frankly stupid remarks like that, especially when you have provided absolutely ZERO qualifications for such a sweeping statement. By that I mean you don't say the Epson driver is better at x,y,z but obscureRIPw is actually better for gradients going from cyan to red to azure or something like that.
Seriously, EVERY single RIP available? Did you purchase each and every one of them or use a trial or what?
Would love to hear your answers.
We have used EFI for years and always had good luck with it.
What about ImageNest RIP?
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BestColor used to be better alone whitout EFI
BTW, Lightroom 4 is not beta anymore, it has been shipping retail version for a month or 2 now and 4.1 beta was released a few weeks ago.
But the softproofing is actually identical to that in Ps, it's just been dumbed-down and has the fancy background-colour-changing thing happening. But the actual implementation uses the same pipeline, AFAIK, so that whether doing a soft-proof in Lr or Ps, the on-screen display should be identical.
PrintRoot is sweet
OMG!!! That preview in the print dialog box is just that, a preview - yes, it's colour managed and has the check boxes but it is impossible to determine anything much at all with all that background clutter from the print settings! It isn't soft-proofing as suvh, just a colour managed print preview.
For soft-proofing to be half-way accurate, one must use either a mid-grey or paper-white background, with NO palettes, no dialogs, no borders, no on-screen stuff to dilute one's vision or pollute one's colour judgement abilities.
So the soft-proofing in Lr is ok but still nowhere near the ability of the soft-proof in Ps as I don't think there's any way in Lr to make the soft-proof take up the entire screen, with absolutely no other borders or dialog boxes, as can be done in Ps.
One fabulous thing in the Lr version though, are those 2 out of gamut check marks, one for screen and one for printer. Such an extremely useful addition, I sure hope it's implemented into Ps CS6 when the final retail version of the proggy is released.
ImagePrint 8 good idea
thanks alot for sharing...
Either way, don't worry about v8, v9 is the way to go if that's what you're looking for.