Edmund thanks - do you think the Windows option is worth a try?
I do not work for the techie side of any industry so keep things simple. I take my photography seriously and my printing. BUT if it works leave it alone and don't investigate the dark art of colour management and printing if you don't need to. Thats my mantra.
I use adobe RGB (camera setting through to colour management).
Yes, I guess I leave something on the table but not as much as sRGB. I too want to future proof my raws and printed Tiff,PSD libraries , etc.
I use a Canon pro 9500 and iPF6100, for the PS plugin, IT works just like the canned paper profiles supplied by the major players. The printer needs only to look after itself in calibration terms. I use genuine ink cartridges, many don't!
I use a Mac, always have as I worked with PCs in another time and place far far away................ Not allowed in my house.
I think if you don't calibrate a good quality monitor you may as well give up. Many don't including graphic based companies here in the UK.
The prints are as great. I am mostly a happy bunny.
Soft proofing is a tool that does not work well for me and I use it as a last resort.
If a specific print is a little dark why not lighten it in the print driver? Most should be OK if the monitor is targeted for printing. Not DVD watching.
Well, thats my input such as it is.
Love all the tutorials