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Printing multiple photosImageNest RIP review
V2 update

Review update - Version 2.1

The ImageNest RIP (V2.1 from Blue Cubit (a Multi-Image Layout Tool for Mac OSX) is aimed at giving a usable interface for page layout your large format printer.

This short update reflects some of the features appearing since our original review.

Note: Feb 2012 - We have an update covering functionality in V3.5

The functionality is described in much greater detail in the original ImageNest review.

Nov 2014: ImageNest has a special version that runs with OSX 10.10 (Yosemite)
Current main version is V3.9

The ImageNest RIP

The software (V2.1) is only currently available for Apple Macs. We've tested it on a current (Intel) Mac Pro under OSX 10.6

It's been upgraded over time, and when recently reviewing the Epson 3880 printer I had a look at driving it via ImageNest.

The 3880, not having a roll paper option is perhaps not the sort of printer you might think of using IN with, but since the software supports as many printers as you've got, it's easy to try.

There is a downloadable demo available.

The software drives any connected printer (and makes PDFs), although I decided not to try it on the office label printer...

The advertised updates in V2, over what we tested last year (V1.2) are

It just so happens that I have a load of my recent wedding pictures to print out to show as proofs.

I'll print them out of sheets of A2 paper (some 250 images).

paper size selection

Images are easily loaded, and the software quickly lays them out.

multiple image layout options on single sheets

You can manually lay out images, or the program very quickly optimises layout for a better fit (less paper) or to minimise the amount of cutting needed.

print layout options

An interesting feature of the latest software is the provison of 'snap-to' guides to enable more accurate manual alignment of images. I normally rely on the automatic placement, such as with the examples here. The manual options are of more use I find with sets of images of differing sizes.

The software has a lot of options when it comes to annotating printed images.

annotating multiple images

I've set it to simple file names, since the prints would be used for people to order what they want.

detailed Image annotation options

If you run the 64 bit version of ImageNest (selected via the 'Get Info' option for the application) you can get ImageNest to handle colour management for you - or you can use ColorSync (built into Mac OSX) to sort things out.

If I was printing black and white images on the 3880 (or my own 7880) I could use the Epson Driver's ABW mode

printer colour management options

All the installed profiles are available.

available printer profiles

The new version has support for soft proofing, so you can get an idea what your images will look like when printed. It can take a bit of practice to get the benefits from this - I've more info on the subject in an article/review I wrote about print viewing.

Once happy with settings, I've just hit the 'Print' icon and I get the normal print driver dialogue.

print dialog - 3880 and ImageNest

Fourteen sheets of wedding pictures on their way...

multiple sheets printed

Although perhaps more usually thought of as a product you'd use with a printer with roll paper, it worked very well with sheet paper on the 3880 and saved me a lot of messing round in Photoshop.


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Version 2 adds to the flexibility of a useful piece of Mac OSX software.

I know of several wedding and portrait photographers using it for their proofs and general print layout.

Article history - first published April 2010

Note: Dec 2011 - We will shortly have an update covering functionality in V3.5

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