I'm wondering if many people here are still using a RIP like Imageprint now that LR2 and CR4 are out. Other than perhaps picture packaging, does a RIP still give superior printing capabilities and results.
Thanks in advance,
I still see quite a few out there using both Imageprint and Colorburst for fine printing, to answer your first part... As far as superior results go, I'd say different methods give, well, different results, but would hesitate to say anything is superior. Even the best profiles vary from system to system... Bill Atkinson has (had? Lemmee see if I can find it again..) a page with "bouquets" of profiles he's built, the point being you can try and see which you prefer.
Yeah, here they are:http://homepage.mac.com/billatkinson/FileSharing2.html
The testing I've done with Colorburst, Imageprint, Xrite and Bill's profiles are all great, but it kind of comes down to, for me and most of the people who saw the prints anyway, a matter of taste. Kind of like film... which do you like better?
It's all really great, actually, we're no longer using this stuff to make an insufferable printer perform acceptably, it's more about tweaking and fine tuning.
Also, there's the question of black and white. Depending on which of several methods of printing you use and your convictions, some consider a RIP essential. (Joe Holmes just did some really interesting mega-pixel-peeping tests he sent me... crap, I don't have them here, not sure if they're public. I'll update if I can fine the email later.)