Just because it doesn't do a 17" print on roll for whatever reason, doesn't make it a waste of money for all users. Yet Chris and you do have the right to your opinion.
For most users it is easy to use, has enough options , and being the intended audience is the type that wants ease of use, it fits the bill.
If you both write off any computer device or application for a few oversights then your list of acceptable devices or applications will be very short if not non-existent.
With all due respect, can you name any other profiling package -- at this price -- that is limited only to 24" rolls? Name one. Just one.
We've all used some of the packages from Xrite and Gretag, as well as others. While I can't claim to have used all of them, those I've used allow a target to be spread over multiple pieces of paper. The Xrite Color Elite package, for example, automatically adjusts the target to spread it out over different sized pieces of paper.
If that wasn't possible with the HP, they should have at least had the common sense to create a target that would print on something less than 24" rolls. Many users of the Z3100 will use a few papers in the 24" size, and others in smaller sizes.
This was a MORONIC design decision. This is not just an "oversight" to use your choice of words.
An oversight is something that is not that serious -- like including the white plastic for ambient readings but not including it in the software. That is qualifies as a dumb oversight.
To limit us only to 24" rolls is far more than a mere "oversight."
As has been previously noted, this is a very expensive piece of software for what you get. Others have noted for about the same price, you can buy entire packages that include software, hardware and more features. And yes, even a PDF manual. The APS doesn't even include a manual.
The only reason to waste $800 on this is because it can be conveniently used with the Z3100.
Except that it can't. And none of the HP promotional literature described this serious limitation.
You make it sound like we have such high standards we'd find fault with any piece of software. That is not the case.
But we have every right to find fault with software that costs $800 and contains such a serious design flaw.