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1  Technical Discussions / Printer Media / Epson EcoTank Printers, what type of ink do they take, Pigment or Dye? on: May 24, 2019, 03:10:13 PM
Hi all

Just picked up one of the Cheap Epson Ecotank printers ET-2650 for general none Photo printing and was wondering (Given that I use a CIS on my Photo printer) and have loads of bottles of dye ink, what ink types these printers use.

Do they take Pigment or Dye inks.

Thanks for any help with this

Paul
2  Technical Discussions / Computer Hardware / SSD Drives how much quicker should the boot time be on: July 25, 2017, 02:14:21 PM
Hi all

The only issue i have with my PC is the very slow boot time and was wondering if replacing the SATA3 boot drive with a SSD drive would speed things up a worthwhile amount.

My current PC specs are Intel i7 3.4ghz processor with 16gb ram and 2TB SATA3 boot drive. I am running Windows 10 64bit.

Current boot time, times from power button press to end of HD activity is currently 5 minutes, there are a couple of software applications slowing things down a bit, like the datacolor Spyder software which delays loading the Display profile until most other drivers and devices have loaded but without them the boot time is still around 4 minutes, which seems an eternity when I am sat here waiting.

So was thinking of adding a SSD drive to use as the boot drive as I understand they are much quicker, but are they quicker at boot time or just in general use. if they are quicker at boot time how much could I expect it to boot quicker.

Thanks in advance for any input on this

Paul
3  Mike's Software / Profile Prism / Is Profile Prism now dead on: June 20, 2017, 06:46:49 AM
Hi all

The last update for Profile prism was v8.43 released: Aug 7, 2014

Did it reach perfection on that release or is it now a dead no longer supported application.

Thanks for any info on this

Paul
4  Mike's Software / Profile Prism / No Updates for a year now ? on: August 15, 2015, 09:20:04 AM
I notice that there have been no updates to Profile Prism for a year now, is this because its now as good as it can ever get or because its been pushed to the back burner and forgotten about.

Paul
5  Technical Discussions / Printers / Epson 1500W Colour Gamut ? on: March 02, 2015, 07:51:04 PM
Hi all

Anyone know what colour gamut the Epson 1500W can print to.

I know it's a low end printer so suspect it's not up to matching ProPhoto, but does it come anywhere near Adobe1998 or would a printer at that end of the quality range only manage something closer to sRGB.

I have a fully profiled system and the results look to be a very good match to my monitor but that only covers sRGB so I suspect the printer is also only just covering sRGB as the results are so close.

Am I correct or should the printer cover a wider colour gamut.

I have searched Epsons site and googled this but found no information suitable to this printer.

Thanks for any help with this

Paul
6  Mike's Software / Profile Prism / Re: IT8 SCAN saved as TIFF vs JPG on: December 17, 2014, 08:49:57 AM
Hi

I would suggest that if possible you use Vuescan instead of Epson scan, Vuescan does a much better RAW Scan than Epson Scan.

Also try both the standard and Bright test image as that depends on the printer driver rather than the scanner software.

I have two Epson Printers an old R360 and a new 1500w and both needed the bright target to produce a readable patch target.

The downside is that you do have to use the paid for version of vuescan just to test it as it watermarks the scans until you enter a valid serial number.

Paul
7  Technical Discussions / Computer Hardware / Plustek 8200i film Scanner resolution Question on: November 01, 2014, 01:04:21 PM
Hi all

A quick question, I hope

I have a plustek 8200i Film scanner which the makers claim has a resolution of 7200dpi, but when I use the Supplied Silverfast software that claims the maximum resolution is 3600dpi with a recommended resolution of 2400dpi.

Anyone know what the true optical resolution of this scanner is.

Thanks

Paul
8  Mike's Software / Profile Prism / What software when profiling an Epson 4490 Scanner on: September 11, 2014, 01:32:31 PM
Hi all

A quick question, "I Hope"

When profiling my Printers i use Vuescan software with my Epson 4490 Scanner and get excellent results.

What about when I Profile the scanner is vuescan still the way to go or should I just use Epson scan with the recommended setting, as unlike for Printer Profiling there is no mention of using Vuescan in the instructions.

If Vuescan is the way to go what settings should I use, the same as when printer profiling or something else.

Thank for any help with this

Paul

9  Mike's Software / Profile Prism / Re: Profile Prisim is to small on my screen on: September 05, 2014, 06:07:06 AM
Hi

Are you using the Canon Software to scan your image, Have you tried using Vuescan.

I find Vuescan better for both Canon and Epson scanners over the makers own software.

Paul
10  Mike's Software / Profile Prism / Re: New Profiles with 8.4 on: August 05, 2014, 10:00:59 AM
Same here profiling my old Epson R360, got results that are now better than I get with SpyderPrint and its so much quicker than reading all those patches one at a time with SpyderPrint.

Well done Mike

Paul
11  Technical Discussions / Computer Software / Re: sRGB or AdobeRGB when home printing, which is best on: July 20, 2014, 11:21:26 AM
Hi

Thanks for the reply

At the moment I am shooting in JPEG and have the camera set to AdobeRGB

I edit in Photoshop and have that set to AdobeRGB

I print on an Epson Printer and that is also set to AdobeRGB

I also have an Epson Scanner and that is also set to AdobeRGB

There is so much confusion in the internet about this subject that I was just wondering if I have gone down the correct route for home printing would I be better off just using sRGB for everything or am I doing it correctly by going down the AdobeRGB route.

I don't e.mail photos or use any web based printer or display services, its all Camera, Process & Print and all in house.

Thanks

paul

12  Technical Discussions / Computer Software / sRGB or AdobeRGB when home printing, which is best on: July 20, 2014, 10:53:59 AM
Hi all

A quick colour space question, hopefully

All my equipment, Camera, Scanner, Printer and Editing Software all support both sRGB and AdobeRGB so which is the best one to use on a home printing setup

Do I go sRGB or AdobeRGB on everything.

Thanks

Paul
13  Mike's Software / Profile Prism / Epson 4490 scanner and Profile Prism on: July 18, 2014, 07:34:48 PM
Hi all

I use an old Epson 4490 scanner and have both the Epson software and Vuescan, which is the best to use with Profile Prism.

Thanks

Paul
14  Mike's Software / Profile Prism / Re: Linear 48 bit Scan Prompt on: June 25, 2011, 08:48:31 AM
Why is the correct option NO, it is after all a RAW File, I find If I select no the image is too dark to work with.

Paul
15  Mike's Software / Profile Prism / Re: Profiling Canon Lide 80 gives a very dark image on: June 25, 2011, 06:20:19 AM
Hi

Yes I have got the corners set right

One thing that is puzzling me is the instructions say the settings to make the initial scanned image are the same ones that are to be used with all subsequent scans, the setting produce a RAW file which is what is producing the very dark scan.

I know its correct to use a RAW file when profiling a printer but it seems wrong to use a RAW file when profiling a scanner, would it not be better to just use a standard TIFF file with all colour management turned off.

To me it looks like something is wrong  The instructions say setup to produce RAW File, yet when the file is opened in PP and are asked is this a RAW file I am supposed to say no if profiling a scanner.

Is there something wrong in the wording in the instructions.

Thanks

Paul
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