Application SoftwareEpson includes a Photoshop import filter and a standalone application program to allow for PRINT Image Matching (PIM) compatibility with images made with PIM compliant digital cameras.
This is the Photoshop PRINT Image Matching file import filter. You enable it from Photoshop's FILE menu: FILE - IMPORT - Print Image Matching II
This import filter will only display JPEG files that have valid PIM, PIM II or Exif Print info embedded in the image header. You can select one file for import or check the "Import consecutively" option to select more than one image file.
Photoshop does not retain the PIM information separately in the JPEG's header file when you import your PIM image. Instead it converts that information in the file and embeds a color space called EPSON RGB 2001. This profile supports all the PIM color advantages and enhancements.
The PIM plug-in works with Photoshop 7.0, 6.0 and Photoshop Elements 2.0, 1.0.
It requires the ICC profiles for the Stylus 960 that are installed with the
plug-in (Windows) or the printer driver (Macintosh).
Epson also includes their Film Factory program on the CD. This is an easy to use
viewing and printing utility that lets you organize your images the same as if they
were rolls of film. It has printing options to easily make standard prints, index
prints, duplicates, album pages, sticker prints and combo prints. The preview
window shows you thumbnails of all of your images and if they are PIM-compliant
there is a little PIM icon in the upper right corner across from the file number.
Epson Print CD software lets you design your own custom CD or DVD labels and then print it on most inkjet printable CD/DVD media. Epson Print CD makes it easy to add graphics, photos and custom text effects and then position it anywhere on the disc using a WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) editor interface.
It isn't Mac OS X compatible, sorry guys.
The Epson Stylus Photo 960 at $349 (as of June 2003) is a very versatile and high quality photo printer for the home or small business user. It functions as a fast general purpose text and color graphics printer, a high-resolution photo printer and a CD/DVD label printer (when used with inkjet printable CD/DVD media.) Both the PC Windows and Macintosh operating system platforms are supported via its USB and parallel port.
The Photo 960 supports Epson PRINT Image Matching (P.I.M. and P.I.M. II) as well as the new Exif Print standards. You can visit the Epson PIM site for a complete rundown of its features. In a nutshell, the printer takes the exposure information stored in the header of a P.I.M. image and uses this to make the best possible picture, faithfully reproducing the colors, lighting and shadow detail found in the original scene. Color management has always been a big stumbling block in the workflow of the non-professional user and P.I.M. helps to overcome this all too common problem.
Installation and setup on my Windows XP Pro system was quick and painless. You install the software first and then turn the printer on when prompted. After the printer and port are identified the rest of the driver software is installed. It takes longer to install all of the ink cartridges and complete the initial "pump up" primer cycle then it does to install the software. And as noted in the manual, the first set of ink cartridges will not yield as many prints as others because a certain amount of ink is required to "prime" the printer's feed lines and print head.
The Stylus Photo 960 is faster than previous Epson photo printers, here's some of our own in-house test times. The timer was started when the printer fed the paper in and was stopped when the print dropped in the output tray.
Paper Types: PGPP Premium Glossy Photo Paper, DWM Double-weight Matte
More experienced users can click on the Advanced button to access all of the possible printer settings. Output resolution choices (360, 720, 1440, 2880 dpi), paper source (sheet, roll, manual), paper type, paper size, orientation, high speed, edge smoothing, minimize margins, black ink only, print preview and color management controls. It all sounds rather mind-boggling but once you know what it all does you can make even better prints.
The Photo 960 supports roll paper in 4" and 8.3" widths with an adjustable roll holder and an automatic paper cutter assembly. With the 4" paper you can print borderless 4x6" prints faster and cheaper than when using the 4x6" cut sheets. The problem with using roll paper is that the prints retain their "curl" next to forever. This isn't a real problem when making wall size 8.3 x 44-inch panoramas but it's very annoying for the 4 x 6-inch prints you hold in your hand. The cutter is easily adjusted in the driver software and you can choose between "normal" which makes two cuts between prints and wastes a bit of paper, "paper saver" which makes only one cut or manual.
Printing on CD-R media is a very useful thing seeing as how most computers have CD writers
and archiving your digital photos to CD is definitely the way to go. But I'm sure that
you're as tired of sloppy looking hand-written CD labels as I am. Or maybe you've tried
one of those CD labeling gizmos like the Disc Stomper where you print on a self-adhesive
round label that you stick on the CD disc. They're OK if and only if the label goes
on right the first time - with no bubbles or wrinkles and it's properly aligned. Even
when applied properly you run the risk of the label "peeling up" after time and then
getting stuck in or damaging your CD drive. And with the 40X and higher speed CD
readers you also run the risk of spinning an unbalanced disc because of the label and
what's printed on it. Ever wonder what makes some of those CDs buzz like a bee hive when
Actual scan of a printed CD disc
Epson recommends allowing the CD to dry for at least 24 hours to prevent any smearing of
the ink. Not all printable discs are the same, I much prefer the white-sided ones to the
silver ones, they have better color reproduction. You can only print on those discs that
are specifically manufactured as "ink jet printable" discs, regular CD discs cannot be
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