Warning! Look Before Leaping with Lion

Compatibility issues with Mac Lion OS 10.7The warnings are rolling in from various graphics software developers about incompatibilities with the new Mac operating system, Lion 10.7. As with any new OS release there are legions of detractors and supporters. Either way, it really doesn’t matter, because it’s the new OS and eventually the din of software punditry will die down as Mac users migrate to Lion 10.7.

However, if you’re making the leap you’ll need to check in with your software vendors to find out what the compatibility issues are at this point. For instance, ColorByte, developers of the ImagePrint RIP used primarily for photographic and fine art printing, released a statement that Versions 8 and older of the software are not compatible. A new version, 9 to be exact, is expected to be released next month and will be compatible with Lion. If you purchased Version 8 after April 15 the upgrade to the Lion-compatible version will be free.

Software compatibility issues with Mac Lion OS 10.7Large-format production RIPS – like ONYX and Wasatch – are immune since they only run on a PC. However, if you have a large-format production RIP on a Mac, expect issues and even complete incompatibility. Once again, check with your software vendor for specifics.

If you’re printing through the printer driver, make sure to touch base with the manufacturer of your printer. Canon for instance, has a list of updated driver releases for its line of large-format printers, which you can find here. For Epson, click here, and for HP, click here.

Adobe has issued a list of compatibility issues for its suite of products, including Acrobat, Illustrator, Lightroom and Photoshop. Click here for the full list of issues.

If you run into any problems, contact a LexJet customer specialist at 800-453-9538, and they’ll run down the issue and find an answer for you as quickly as possible.

How to use ICC Profiles and Color Management in ImagePrint

How to use ImagePrint Profile ManagerOne of the greatest things about ImagePrint is that it provides over 27,000 ICC profiles for use with the RIP software. They are broken down by printer, ink set and paper manufacturer. There are five color profiles available for each media. These profiles are specific to the lighting condition in which the print will be viewed. This helps to further reduce the metamerism or color shift that might occur in certain display conditions. A single grayscale profile is also provided for black and white images.

Make sure to check out the previous ImagePrint post, which detailed the ImagePrint workflow in three videos: Basic workflow, printing borderless and using the Step & Repeat tool.

In the first video below you will learn how to use the Profile Manager to download ICC profiles for use with ImagePrint.

The second video will teach you how to set up the Output and Input tabs found in the Color Management section of ImagePrint.

Three How-To Videos for the Price of One: Using the ImagePrint RIP

ImagePrint is the most popular RIP software on the market for professional photographers and fine art reproduction companies. Primarily compatible with Epson printers, ImagePrint optimizes How to use Step & Repeat in ImagePrintthe output from the printer while helping with a number of workflow concerns, including:

  • ICC profiles
  • Laying multiple images out on a single page
  • Printing multiple copies of the same image
  • Borderless printing
  • Tiling images
  • Package printing

In the first video below you will learn the basic workflow for printing through ImagePrint. The second video will teach you how to print borderless images, and the third video will teach you how to use the Step & Repeat tool for printing multiple copies of the same image.