Hey I decided to join the forum, and it said I should introduce myself in this forum. I'm not sure what forum to start posting in, to discuss my experimentation with free Open Source software drivers for making inkjet films.
I'm an old school prepress tech, I go back to Adobe Illustrator 88 and the original Linotronic imagesetter. I have a ton of experience with inkjets and software RIPs, I recently worked with a client doing large format fine-art inkjet prints and another client doing high volume silkscreen stencils.
Right now I'm gearing up to do film negatives on an Epson 1430. I'm making negatives for fine-art serigraphy and other contact-printing photo media.
I remember first trying inkjets for negatives back when I had an Epson 1520. I bought some film and special UV-opaque ink from Italy, which promptly clogged up the printheads and killed it dead. Now I wish I still had the 1520 because it seems to be an old favorite for making silkscreen stencils.
I just bought the Epson 1430 since they put an $80 rebate, which put the price within reach. Alas now I am broke and too poor to afford a nice RIP like AccuPrint (wink). So I am about to experiment with Gutenprint, the Open Source, free software RIP. Looks like it can use the Epson 1400 driver to run the 1430. I previously tried this years ago on the 1520 and the Gutenprint drivers can lay down a lot of ink. If anybody can suggest Gutenprint settings for doing waterproof film, let me know. If anybody wants to collaborate on testing Gutenprint, let me know. This really could be a serious software deal, and could eliminate the need for an expensive $500 RIP for most purposes.