The MP960's driver lets you quickly setup the printer by simply choosing the Media Type
(Plain Paper, Photo Paper Pro, Photo Paper Plus Glossy, Photo Paper Plus Double Sided,
Glossy Photo Paper, Matte Photo Paper, High Resolution Paper, T-Shirt Transfer,
Transparency, Envelope or Other Photo Paper), the Paper Source (Paper Feed Switch, Auto
Sheet Feeder, Cassette or Paper Allocation [if Paper Allocation is selected, the printer
switches the paper feed automatically according to the settings that you manually enter])
and the Print Quality setting (High, Standard,
Draft or Custom). The optimum Quality is automatically selected depending on the Media
Type but you can manually select it using the Custom option. By default the driver is set
for Auto color adjustment or that can be manually selected as well. The default options
produce the best quality printouts at the fastest print speed.
The "Grayscale Printing" box if checked will cause a color image to be printed in
grayscale. The "Preview before printing" box will enable the Print Preview feature.
Clicking on the Custom button for Quality lets you manually select the printing
speed from Fast to Fine. You can also select the desired Halftoning options.
By default when using the Standard quality setting this slider is at the "3" position,
the High quality setting is "2" and you can manually select "1" by clicking on
the Custom button. The lower the number, the longer the print time -- but on this
printer even printing with the "1" setting was incredibly fast.
Clicking on the Manual button for Color Correction lets you manually adjust the individual
colors as well as the intensity and contrast. Here you can enable/disable ICM ( Windows Intelligent
Color Matching), select a Print Type (Auto, Photo, Graphic, None) and Brightness
(Light, Normal, Dark) setting.
Clicking on the Instructions button brings up an onscreen guide. It's kind of a built in FAQ
to educate you on what settings are best for what media and etc.
The Page Layout options let you select the Page Size (see below), Orientation (portrait or
landscape), Printing Type (normal-size, fit-to-page, scaled, page layout printing, poster,
banner), borderless printing with an adjustable amount of extension, duplex printing,
number of copies, printing order and collate options.
Standard paper: From A5 size (148.0 x 210.0 mm / 5.83 x 8.27 in) to legal size
(215.9 x 355.6 mm / 8.5 x 14.0 in)
- Non-standard paper: From 54.0 x 86.0 mm to 215.9 x 584.2 mm (from 2.13 x
3.39 inches to 8.5 x 23 inches) in the sheet feeder; from 89.0 x 127.0 mm to
215.9 x 297.0 mm (from 3.50 x 5 inches to 8.5 x 11.69 inches) in the cassette.
- Others: Envelopes (European DL and US Com. #10)
Photo Paper Pro (A4, Letter, and 4" x 6" / 101.6 x
- Photo Paper Plus Glossy (A4, Letter, 5" x 7" / 127.0 x 177.8
mm, and 4" x 6" / 101.6 x 152.4 mm)
- Photo Paper Plus Semi-gloss (A4, Letter, and 4" x 6" / 101.6
x 152.4 mm)
- Matte Photo Paper (A4 and Letter)
- Glossy Photo Paper (A4, Letter, 4" x 6" / 101.6 x 152.4 mm,
and Credit Card)
- Photo Paper Plus Double Sided (A4 or Letter, and 5" x 7" /
127.0 x 177.8 mm)
The Stamp/Background page lets you select an overlay stamp to print on your
pages. Choose from Draft, Important, Confidential, Secret or define your own.
You may also select a background image.
The Effects page lets turns your photo into a simulated color illustration, slide the
lever to increase or decrease the effect. You can also create a monochrome effect like
Sepia, Pink, Blue, Green or select a custom color. The Vivid Photo option enhances
the green and blue colors and contrast and may be too much for some images. You can also
enable or disable the Image Optimizer or Photo Optimizer PRO enhancements which help
produce better enlargements from lower resolution images.
The Photo Noise Reduction option helps reduce speckle noise
often found in blue areas such as the sky. It has two settings: Normal and Strong.
The Profiles page lets you load, create or save custom sets of printer parameters for
the type of printing jobs that you do frequently.
The Maintenance page lets you clean the print heads with options for a regular
cleaning cycle or a "deep" cleaning cycle for really clogged heads. Because of the
lower paper cassette, the MP960 also has a Bottom Plate Cleaning option. There is
also an option for aligning the heads or checking the print nozzles. You can
also set the Auto Power Off time, Custom Settings and the Quiet Mode. From here you
can also start the Status Monitor (see next frame.)
The Status Monitor shows you visibly the level of ink in each of the ink tanks.
When one of the tanks is low the Status Monitor will pop-up to alert you.
The low tank(s) will have a yellow exclamation mark over it to let you know that
it needs to be replaced soon. The ink warning first comes on when there is
still some ink remaining so you won't run out in the middle of a printout and waste
a sheet of costly photo paper.
When printing from the computer I always enable the Preview option (found on the Main driver page), this is displayed
just before the printer begins to actually print. Here you can visually verify your
image cropping, orientation, paper size, media type, paper source and the printing
type (borderless / bordered) -- before accidentally wasting a sheet of expensive photo
paper because a driver setting was incorrect.