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ImageNest RIP review
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).
Images are easily loaded, and the software quickly lays them out.
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.
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.
I've set it to simple file names, since the prints would be used for people to order what they want.
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
All the installed profiles are available.
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.
Fourteen sheets of wedding pictures on their way...
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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Pricing (Supports multiple printers with no additional cost and any printer smaller is supported).
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