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NAVIGATING THE EPSON DRIVER IN OSX

Yes, They Can Play Nicely Together!

In a relatively short time, OSX has matured into a very slick and reliable operating system. After a few bumps along the way, the newest updates from Apple, combined with the work of Epson, have combined to create quite a dynamic duo.

EPSON TO THE RESCUE!

One page is not sufficient to do a full step-by-step routine, but have no fear - Epson has created an excellent tutorial for using the OSX driver in a Color Managed Workflow. My goal is to offer some top-secret tips to complement the tutorial that should help to get you printing in no time.

To get to the pdf link so that you can follow the tutorial, first select 'drivers and support' on the left side of Epson's USA or Canada home page, then select 'printers' then 'inkjet' and then the 'Epson 2200' on the right side of the screen(regardless of your printer). Then, choose either the Windows or Mac driver link and last, click on the link under the printer's photo: 'Visit our ICC Profiles for Stylus Photo 2200 page'. Last, download the link: 'How to Use ICC Profiles' and open it in any PDF reader. I think it will be worth the effort!

PRE-GAME WARMUP

The first section of the tutorial guides you through the very important Color Settings dialog box found in Photoshop under Photoshop>Color Settings. I concur with the recommended settings for the majority of users. The tutorial then takes you through the printing process, using Epson's printer profiles. Before proceeding to the section entitled 'Selecting Your Print Settings', it is important to make sure that your printer is connected and that the print heads are in shape. First, copy the 'Printer Setup Utility' from your Applications> Utilities folder to the Dock. This will allow you to quickly launch the Printer List (see fig. 1). Panther and Jaguar ship with many Epson drivers already loaded, as well as a driver called CUPS+GIMP. When I first tried to use OSX with my 7600, I didn't know why the driver looked so different, and soon realized I was using the CUPS driver, because it often defaults as the main driver. I just make sure that if the CUPS driver appears in the Printer List, I leave it unchecked (in fig. 1, see Stylus Pro 7600. It is second from bottom ).

(fig. 1) OSX Printer List, accessible through the Printer Setup Utility icon (fig. 2)

STARTING ANEW

Even though good Epson drivers ship with OSX, I recommend deleting them, and installing the most recent drivers from Epson.com. To do that, delete the Epson folder under your OSX Startup Disk>Library>Printers. I always recommend repairing disk permissions before installing any software. That can be done through Disk Utility, in the Applications>Utilities folder under the First Aid tab.

Next, visit Epson.com and begin by selecting 'Drivers & Support' on the left side of the home page. Then navigate to Printers>Inkjet, and select the specific driver for your printer and download the most recent one for OSX. Depending on the printer, you will also see some excellent 'How To Animations', which are well worth a look. Once you download the OSX driver (in this case for the 2200), double click on the file 'epson11019.sea'. This will create an 'epson11019' folder on your desktop. An OSX booklet will also appear on your desktop, and it is another good reference. Double click on the .dmg icon inside, which will create a disk icon containing a .pkg installer. The .pkg installer will then ask you to install the 2200 driver and create a new Epson folder.

After installing, restart, connect your printer (assuming USB for now), turn it on and choose 'Printer Setup Utility' from your Dock, which brings up the Printer List. If you see any 2200 Drivers listed, highlight them and select 'Delete'. Then select 'Add', which will bring up the window in fig. 2. Then click OK to the 'New Printer Drivers Detected' box. It is important to then select 'Epson USB' and not 'USB', or the CUPS driver might be loaded. If you use firewire, choose Epson Firewire.

Next, select the 2200 printer and choose 'All' from the bottom right pane and click Add (circled in fig. 2). OSX needs a specific Epson driver to do specific tasks, unlike in OS9, which could handle all tasks within one driver. If you want to print borderless, you must use the borderless drivers, and if you want to use the roll feeder, you need to select one of the roll options. Please note: Adding or deleting printers from the Printer List is just a temporary action, like when one loads fonts temporarily with a program such as Suitcase.

Then click on 'Utility' (circled in fig. 1), which allows nozzle checks, head alignments and ink status to be checked. If your nozzle check is fine and heads are aligned, you can now follow the Epson Workflow PDF.

As noted on pp. 6, number 2 of the PDF, it is critical that the specific printer driver selected under File>Page Setup>Format For and the Printer name selected under the top of the File>Print screen match exactly. Also, after completing step 9 on the PDF, I recommend that you choose 'Save As' under the 'Presets' menu, and name your saved setting by Printer, Paper & DPI (i.e. 2200 Luster 1440). That way, you will only need to select the Printer name at the top of the Driver and the saved setting under 'Presets'. Also, if you change your driver choice under Page Setup (i.e. for Roll paper), you must also save a new setting under 'Presets'. For similar tips, visit www.andrewdarlow.com & subscribe to my Inkjet & Imaging Newsletter.


   







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