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ImageNest RIP review: V5 update

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ImageNest RIP review: V5 update

Review update – Version 5

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ImageNest (from BlueCubit) is designed to allow you to print images to almost any printer that can be printed to from your Mac. It uses the printer’s own driver, and has worked with every printer we’ve ever tried. It works with a wide range of files types (incl. PostScript and EPS). ImageNest gives control over the layout of individual or multiple images on whatever size paper you are using, both roll and sheet.

It supports resizing, scaling and sharpening of images, and can handle colour management (ICC profiles) directly, with a soft proofing option.

Keith has reviewed earlier versions of this software (Mac only) with a wide range of printers. If you like what you see, do check the earlier ImageNest reviews, for more aspects of its functionality.

Version 5 improves reliability and support for the latest Mac systems.

There is a downloadable 30 day demo available.


The ImageNest RIP V5

I’ve tested ImageNest on a variety of printers of all sizes, for my reviews. See my V4 ImageNest review for more worked examples, using an Epson P7000. It worked just as well when I had the Canon PRO-2000 here [article].

Version 5 of the software runs on the latest Mac systems, as well as my ageing Mac Pro.

I use it whenever I’ve multiple images to print, whether tiled on roll paper, or as single sheets.

It can up-res and sharpen images to optimal settings for a printer. For individual larger images I don’t do this, but if I’m bulk printing smaller images onto roll paper for example, I’ll often use this to give them a bit more punch and sharpness.

There is a fully functional 30 day demo that’s worth a try if you’ve got lots of images to print. You can use it with any printer connected to your Mac – there’s no per-printer or width based pricing.

I’ve always liked its interface – at the simplest you just drag files to the print area. It does a lot more but check the help resources and my older reviews for details. There are several Vimeo videos showing the software in action.


At its most basic, ImageNest allows you lay out multiple images on one or more sheets of paper.

The key features are listed as:

  • Automatic “Best Fit” Nesting: ImageNest will automatically arrange images and graphics to optimise paper usage. Manual arrangement option.
  • Export TIFF or PDF
  • Vector and Raster (Image) file support: ImageNest is a PostScript RIP and can work with almost any file type Including EPS, PDF, and all raster (JPG, TIFF, PNG, BMP, etc.) formats.
  • Black Point Compensation: Prints on Cotton Rag and other fine art papers benefit enormously from black point compensation. Strength of blacks, better shadow detail, and overall tonal range are greatly improved with BPC.
  • Annotations/Labels: Frames, Metadata, custom labels and other image or print data can automatically be added above or below your images or graphics.
  • Drag and Drop: Files can be “dragged and dropped” directly onto templates or into the “Image Palette”.
  • SoftProofing: See what is going to come out of your printer before you print. ImageNest can control ICC Profile, rendering intent, and Black point Compensation.
  • Cropping/Editing: Resize or edit your images/graphics directly in the ImageNest layout. Quick and easy and includes advanced cropping, crop to size, and “Rule of thirds” cropping interface

If you need to make use of templates for more complex print layouts, have a look at the other product from Blue Cubit Template Sherpa.

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