So I started looking at ImagePrint. Pros are:
1. For 17" printer (what I have) it's cheaper than i1Pro
2. I don't have to build profiles nor worry about cost of new profiles
3. Allegedly it results in best print quality one can get
1. It supports only Epsons. I don't see myself printing wider than what 3880 can in the near future but if I was to go wider, or if my 3880 died, my next printer would be most likely Canon and at that point in time my investment in ImagePrinmt would be lost and I would be back at square one.
So what are your thoughts / what you would do / recommend?
I do my own profiles and I use ImagePrint. The profiles that I create is for my proofing RIP, not for ImagePrint. I also do profiles for some of my clients. They make smaller prints, using the Epson driver. Then they come to me and we do the large format prints with ImagePrint. When I use the x900 printers I can see a small but significant difference between the prints. It seems like that the Epson profiles don't use that much of the orange and green inks that the Imageprint profiles do. You can see an improvement in some portraits and landscape images. This will also give the prints better light fastness, as those inks don't fade as fast as the yellow ink does.
For B&W there is a bigger difference. For me, one of the big advantages of ImagePrint is the result that I get when I use the narrow gamut tint picker. I can adjust the tint of the image, so I can emulate the effects that I got in the darkroom by choosing different papers, developers and toners. I've tried several other methods for printing B&W images, but I haven't seen anything better.