Q: IP Lite or Full?
I've got an Epson 2200 and I'm considering purchasing IP. When I add up the cost of quality profiles for various papers needed for printing without IP, the Lite version seems reasonably priced ($495).
I'm curious if other users of the 2200/2400 are using the Lite or Full version.
I use the lite version with my 2200. I shelled out in desperation after getting poor results with other approaches (including making my own profiles with Monaco Optix -- but I was pretty new at "color management" at the time). I have been very pleased with the color results from IP Lite (in spite of the annoyances of the user interface), but I prefer QTR for B&W. For me, the cost of the full version didn't seem justified.
One big annoyance with the Lite version is that features of the Full version appear in menus and are not grayed out. So if you forget that your Lite doesn't do such-and-such, it will print just fine, but with "DEMO" plastered all over it so you have just wasted ink and paper unnecessarily.
If and when I upgrade to a 2400 or its successor, I will try the Epson driver first, but if it doesn't give me results as good as IP on the 2200, I'll fork out for IP Lite again.