First post. Great forum!
I just put a epson 7900on order and am now looking fo advice to get up to speed as quick a possible. The printer will be used for 50% internal design roughs and informal prints, 25% serious work with pantones and client proof prints, and 25% for photo and fine art stuff and mostly on matte and glossy presentation papers. Mostly graphic design uses of various types. Here are the questions:
1. Is there a rip "available" that is going to be easy for a relativly printing inexperienced designer who wants mac and windows clients and tools to help me et accurate pantone colors
2. Is there a good aftermarket less-expensive ink that is recomended for purposes like mine?
3. Any additional advice on software tools I may not have heard about?
4. Calibration hardware? I am considering a datacolor spyderprint or spyderstudio options as they sure seem tohit more bases than the $1500 epson option. Is this goin to help e output accurate pantone and cmyk proofs? I use a dell u301 monitor.
Really looking forward to some learned advice on these subjects, I really hope this was a good equipment puechase - it is partially a hobby for me in a way, as my clients and work in no way require this level of inhouse print capabilites!