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    User’s Guide Printed on recycled paper...

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    SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION. The information contained herein is designed only for use with this EPSON printer. EPSON is not responsible for any use of this information as applied to other printers.

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    Installing EPSON Stylus RIP for Macintosh Checking the Printer Determining Your Configuration Standalone Configuration Direct Connection Network Configuration Typical Network Configuration Installing EPSON Stylus RIP on a Standalone or Print Server Macintosh Installing EPSON Stylus RIP on a Client Macintosh Contents...

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    Press Simulations ColorSync 2.x Support PANTONE Color Support Printing with EPSON Stylus RIP for Macintosh Setting Up the EPSON Stylus RIP Server Configuring EPSON Stylus RIP Preferences Setting Up Your PostScript Printer Printing from an Application Sending the Print Job...

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    (Macintosh) You see a memory or VM error message (Macintosh) 5-3 You see a communications error message when you try to open EPSON Stylus RIP EPSON Stylus RIP does not run (Windows) Your saved files don’t print (Windows) Contents 3-12...

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    Contents EPSON Stylus RIP takes a long time before printing starts Your printouts contain incorrect fonts or jagged type 5-4 The printer is producing pages containing illegible type or characters Images and type look bitmapped and jagged on your printouts...

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    PostScript files automatically created by the EPSON Stylus RIP printer driver, seamlessly converts them into raster images, and automatically prints them on your printer. You can use the EPSON Stylus RIP with both Macintosh and Windows systems, in standalone or networked configurations.

  • Page 8: Special Features

    Introduction Here’s what you can use the EPSON Stylus RIP for: Printing documents with placed or imported EPS images Printing from complex PostScript-based drawing and publishing applications like Adobe Illustrator, Macromedia and CorelDRAW Matching PANTONE For all other printing applications, especially photography, use the standard, non-PostScript EPSON driver.

  • Page 9: Macintosh System Requirements

    Macintosh System Requirements To use EPSON Stylus RIP with a Macintosh in either a standalone or network environment as a print server, your system should meet the following minimum requirements: ® Power Macintosh, or G4 series At least 16MB of available RAM for the EPSON Stylus...

  • Page 10: Windows System Requirements, How To Use Your Manuals

    Introduction Windows System Requirements To use the EPSON Stylus RIP in either a standalone or peer-to-peer network environment, your system should include: ® -compatible PC with 486 or higher processor (Pentium Microsoft Windows 95/98, Windows 2000 or Windows NT 4.0...

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    Introduction If you’re familiar with software PostScript interpreters, you can use the EPSON Stylus RIP Quick Start Guide to get started with the RIP. For more information about installing and using the software, refer to this User’s Guide, which contains the following: Chapter 1 tells you how to install EPSON Stylus RIP on Macintosh computers and AppleTalk networks.

  • Page 12: Where To Get Help

    The following table lists the contact information: Service Access World Wide Web From the Internet, you can reach EPSON Support at http://support.epson.com. At this site, you can download drivers and other files, look at documentation such as product brochures and user manuals, and access troubleshooting information.

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    PostScript printer driver and PPD (PostScript Printer Description) on any client Macintosh computers on your network. Here’s what you need to do to install EPSON Stylus RIP: Check the printer’s setup and operation. Determine your system/network configuration. Install the EPSON Stylus RIP server software on your standalone Macintosh or on the print server in a network.

  • Page 14: Checking The Printer

    Installing EPSON Stylus RIP for Macintosh Checking the Printer Before you install the EPSON Stylus RIP software, follow the instructions in your printer’s documentation to prepare your printer for use. Make sure you perform the following steps: If you’ll be using the printer in a “typical” network configuration (described in the following section), install an optional network interface card in the printer.

  • Page 15: Determining Your Configuration, Standalone Configuration

    The standalone or direct connection network configurations are recommended for best performance. Note: AppleTalk must be active in order to use EPSON Stylus RIP in any configuration, including a standalone system. Standalone Configuration In a standalone system (shown below), your printer is...

  • Page 16: Direct Connection Network Configuration

    In a direct connection configuration (shown below), the Macintosh that is connected to the printer acts as the print server, with the EPSON Stylus RIP Server software installed on it. The printer is directly connected to the print server’s modem, printer, or USB port.

  • Page 17: Typical Network Configuration

    You may experience problems if you have more than one printer on the network in a “mixed” configuration. For example, if you have one EPSON Stylus series printer connected to a serial port and set up as remote only and another connected by an Ethernet card on the same network, you won’t be able to set the Network/AppleTalk...

  • Page 18: Installing Epson Stylus Rip On A Standalone Or Print Server Macintosh

    Before you install the EPSON Stylus RIP software, disable all anti-virus or disk utility extensions, and shut down any applications that are running. Then follow these steps: 1. Insert the EPSON Stylus RIP CD-ROM in your drive. If necessary, double-click the Stylus RIP CD-ROM icon to open its window.

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    Options 8. Close the AppleTalk control panel. The EPSON Stylus RIP software is installed on your hard disk. If your computer is not connected to a network, you can skip ahead to the next chapter to start printing via the RIP. If you have client computers that will need to print to the RIP, continue with the next section.

  • Page 20: Installing Epson Stylus Rip On A Client Macintosh

    Then, follow these steps: 1. Insert the EPSON Stylus RIP CD-ROM in your drive. If necessary, double-click the Stylus RIP CD-ROM icon to open its window.

  • Page 21: Color Matching, Press Simulations

    EPSON Stylus RIP over the network. Caution: Once you’ve installed the EPSON Stylus RIP Client software, don’t move, modify, or delete any of the files or folders that were created on your hard disk, or the software may not work.

  • Page 22: Colorsync 2.x Support, Pantone Color Support

    ColorSync 2.x Support For applications that support ColorSync 2.x, use the ICC profiles that are included with the EPSON Stylus RIP software. When you install the RIP software, these profiles should automatically be copied to the ColorSync profiles folder in your Preferences folder within the System folder.

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    Note: If Pantone Profiles are not listed for your printer, please visit EPSON’S web site to download them at http://www.epson.com/. 1-11...

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    Installing EPSON Stylus RIP for Macintosh 1-12...

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    EPSON Stylus RIP for Macintosh Once you’ve installed the EPSON Stylus RIP software on your Macintosh computer(s), you need to set up your server or standalone Macintosh before you can start printing PostScript documents. Once you’ve set it up, you can print with the RIP...

  • Page 26: Setting Up The Epson Stylus Rip Server

    Printing with EPSON Stylus RIP for Macintosh Setting Up the EPSON Stylus RIP Server Follow the steps below to set up the EPSON Stylus RIP Server software the first time you use it—you’ll need to do this for both standalone and network configurations.

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    If you’re using EPSON Stylus RIP on a standalone Macintosh, continue with “Setting Up Your PostScript Printer” on page 2-5. If you’re using EPSON Stylus RIP on a network, or if you want to set preferences, follow the steps in the next section to configure the software for your system.

  • Page 28: Configuring Epson Stylus Rip Preferences

    Job Priority This sets the resource priority given to either the Mac OS or the EPSON Stylus RIP Server application. Move the slide bar all the way to Stylus RIP if you are running it on a standalone server to increase RIP performance.

  • Page 29: Setting Up Your Postscript Printer

    Setting Up Your PostScript Printer Before you can print with the EPSON Stylus RIP software from any Macintosh, you need to set up the Chooser and select the correct PostScript Printer Definition (PPD) file on the Macintosh you are printing from.

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    Printing with EPSON Stylus RIP for Macintosh To select the proper PPD file and Chooser settings, follow these steps: 1. Turn on your EPSON printer, and if it is connected to a network, turn on the print server Macintosh. 2. Double-click the the Stylus RIP folder to start the EPSON Stylus RIP Server.

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    Printing with EPSON Stylus RIP for Macintosh 4. From the Chooser, click corresponds to your EPSON ink jet printer. The following dialog box appears: 5. In most cases, clicking the automatically select the correct PPD file. Click . If your printer model appears at the top of this...

  • Page 32: Printing From An Application

    Then, when you send a PostScript print job from your application to the Stylus RIP Server, it processes the PostScript file into a raster image and prints it on your printer. If you send the job from a client Macintosh on a network, the Stylus RIP Client software sends it to the print server Macintosh for processing.

  • Page 33: Sending The Print Job

    Printing with EPSON Stylus RIP for Macintosh Sending the Print Job To print a document from an application, follow these steps: 1. Open the document you want to print in your application. 2. Select Page Setup Setup dialog box appears. Set the print options for your document and click 3.

  • Page 34: Setting Print Job Options

    EPSON Stylus RIP software’s abilities, and are covered in the following sections. Color Matching The EPSON Stylus RIP can manage colors in several different ways. Follow these steps to set color matching options: 1. From the Print dialog box, choose the print job option category pop-up menu.

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    Choose this setting for color management of RGB files or if you’re using a press simulation profile. In a networked system, PostScript color matching is performed by EPSON Stylus RIP on the print server. If you choose Black and White...

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    Printing with EPSON Stylus RIP for Macintosh The profiles use these terms: 360P_360: GF_1440, GF_720 : Matte Paper - Heavyweight : Glossy Paper - Photo Weight : Archival Matte Paper PQP_1440, PQP_720 1440 or 720 dpi : Premium Semigloss Photo Paper (EPSON Stylus...

  • Page 37: Printer Specific Options

    Printing with EPSON Stylus RIP for Macintosh Printer Specific Options Follow these steps to set media quality and type, ink, and Press Simulation options if you selected Printer Specific Options from the dialog box: Print 1. Set the Media(Quality) you’re printing on and the resolution (print quality) you want to use.

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    Printing with EPSON Stylus RIP for Macintosh 4. If you have an EPSON Stylus Color 1520 or 3000 printer, or an EPSON Stylus Photo 1200, 1270, or 2000P, choose one of the following for the Print Using Roll Feed Media Make sure you choose this setting when you’re printing...

  • Page 39: Drag And Drop Printing

    Printing with EPSON Stylus RIP for Macintosh 3. Choose Make Alias creates a StylusRIP Server alias folder. 4. Drag the StylusRIP Server alias 5. Open the System folder and locate the Startup Items folder. 6. Drag the StylusRIP Server alias Items folder.

  • Page 40: Managing Print Jobs

    Printing with EPSON Stylus RIP for Macintosh 5. Select any , and choose Binary 6. Set any other options you want to use and click 7. If necessary, choose the folder where you want to save the print file. 8. After your file is created, simply drag it to the Server alias and begins processing your file or files.

  • Page 41: Using The Stylus Rip Monitor

    (period) keys on your keyboard. Using the Stylus RIP Monitor If you’re running the EPSON Stylus RIP on a network, you can use the StylusRIP Monitor to manage your print jobs from each client Macintosh. You must have Raster Spool Mode turned on to use the Stylus RIP Monitor.

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    Printing with EPSON Stylus RIP for Macintosh After you send a print job and the Stylus RIP Server processes it, the StylusRIP Monitor starts automatically. You can see a list of spooled print jobs and the status of the job that’s currently printing in the StylusRIP Monitor window.

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    C:\Program Files\EPSON\PANTONE\<printer_name>\ CoatedPaper720\ Note: If you’re planning to use the EPSON Stylus RIP on a peer-to-peer network, you need to install Stylus RIP on the print server only. However, you must install the Adobe PostScript driver and a PPD on all computers that will print to Stylus RIP.

  • Page 44: Installing The Epson Stylus Rip Software, Checking The Printer

    Windows documentation. Note: The installation options you choose in the setup program to install EPSON Stylus RIP on a client computer will be different than the ones you choose for a standalone or server computer.

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    Installing EPSON Stylus RIP for Windows Follow these steps to install EPSON Stylus RIP and the PostScript driver on your computer: 1. Insert the EPSON Stylus RIP CD-ROM in your drive. The installation program starts automatically. If it doesn’t start automatically, double-click .

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    Installing EPSON Stylus RIP for Windows 4. Enter a folder name where the EPSON Stylus RIP files will be installed, or click 5. Once the EPSON Stylus RIP files are installed on your system, you see a dialog box telling you that setup is complete.

  • Page 47: Installing The Postscript Driver On Windows 95 Windows 98, And Windows Nt

    5.0 setup program starts automatically. Follow the steps below. Note: If the Adobe PostScript installer doesn’t start automatically, you’ll need to manually run the Adobe setup program from the EPSON Stylus RIP installation CD. It is located at: Windows 95/98: (CD-ROM drive):\Driver95\USA\SETUP.EXE Windows NT 4.0: (CD-ROM drive):\DriverNT\USA\SETUP.EXE...

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    Installing EPSON Stylus RIP for Windows 4. At the Install PostScript Printer from PPD dialog box, highlight the PPD file that corresponds to your printer model and click Note: If the dialog box doesn’t initially display any PPD files that correspond to your printer, open this folder from My Computer: C:\Program Files\EPSON\Stylus RIP\Stylus RIP_Utilities\PPDS.

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    Setup program and restart the system automatically. Once the system restarts, the EPSON Stylus RIP software and PostScript driver are successfully installed. If you aren’t printing in a networked environment, you can jump ahead to Chapter 4 to begin printing with EPSON Stylus RIP.

  • Page 50: Installing The Postscript Driver On Windows 2000

    Installing EPSON Stylus RIP for Windows Note: If you use PageMaker 6.0 or 6.5, you also need to copy your printer’s PPD file to a PageMaker folder. Copy your EPSON printer’s PPD file from the Windows\System folder to C:\PM6\RSRC\USENGLISH\PPD4. Installing the PostScript Driver on...

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    Installing EPSON Stylus RIP for Windows 5. At the Select the Printer Port dialog box, make sure the Use the following port StylusRIP: EPSON StylusRIP Next 6. At the Add Printer Wizard dialog box, click 7. At the Install from Disk dialog box, click select (CD-ROM drive):\PPD2000\USA\OEMSETUP.EXE...

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    Installing EPSON Stylus RIP for Windows 9. At the Name Your Printer dialog box, give the Stylus RIP printer a descriptive name to differentiate it from the standard driver. Then click 10. At the Printer Sharing dialog box, make sure the share this printer 11.

  • Page 53: Setting Up Network Printing, Enabling File And Print Sharing

    Setting Up Network Printing Computers within the same workgroup on a peer-to-peer network can use EPSON Stylus RIP to print over the network. File and printer sharing must be enabled and the Adobe PostScript printer driver must be installed. Also, the print server (the computer to which the printer is directly connected) must have the EPSON Stylus RIP software installed.

  • Page 54: Connecting The Client Computers, Color Matching

    During the EPSON Stylus RIP installation, the ICC profiles and PANTONE color table for your printer are installed in the Stylus RIP utilities folder. Note: The EPSON Stylus Photo 1270 does not support PANTONE color matching. Network Neighborhood Next Finish...

  • Page 55: Icc Support

    EPSON Stylus RIP software. (Your application must also support Windows color matching to use ICC profile information.) When you install the EPSON Stylus RIP software, the ICC profiles are copied into Stylus RIP Utilities folder: Program Files\EPSON\Stylus RIP\Stylus RIP_Utilities\ ICC_PROFILE...

  • Page 56: Pantone Color Support

    Installing EPSON Stylus RIP for Windows PANTONE Color Support PANTONE professional color palette files for your printer are included with the EPSON Stylus RIP software. These files can be read directly into most PANTONE-licensed applications so you can have printer-calibrated versions of PANTONE colors.

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    EPSON Stylus RIP, you need to start the RIP, set printing options, print from your application, and let the RIP process send it to your printer. You can then use the EPSON Stylus RIP window to monitor your print jobs, manage the print queue, or run a batch of print jobs at the same time.

  • Page 58: Starting Epson Stylus Rip, Printing With The Default Options

    Note: If the printer has not been previously licensed for PostScript, or if this is the first time you’ve run EPSON Stylus RIP, a dialog box prompts you for your EPSON Stylus RIP license key. The license key is printed on your CD-ROM sleeve. Type it exactly as shown and click OK.

  • Page 59: Printing And Setting Printer Options

    Printing with EPSON Stylus RIP for Windows 2. Choose the EPSON Stylus RIP print dialog box. The Where: field changes from StylusRIP File Select the EPSON Stylus RIP printer driver here . . . The printer port changes from LPT1 to StylusRIP...

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    Printing with EPSON Stylus RIP for Windows Follow these steps: 1. Open a document and choose the File menu. 2. Select the menu and click 3. In Windows 95/98/2000, you select printer options from three different tabs: Paper, Graphics, and Device Options.

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    Printing with EPSON Stylus RIP for Windows The Device Options tab lets you select the type of media (paper) and desired resolution, ink color mode, and press simulation mode. Choose the feature you want to set here, then . . .

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    Printing with EPSON Stylus RIP for Windows In the Windows 95/98/2000 Device Options tab and the Windows NT Advanced tab, you click the feature you want to change in the upper portion of the dialog box, and then choose the setting for that feature from the lower portion.

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    Printing with EPSON Stylus RIP for Windows 3. If you have an EPSON Stylus Color 1520 or 3000 printer, or an EPSON Stylus Photo 1200, 1270 or 2000P printer, choose one of the following Print on roll paper Choose this setting when you’re printing on roll paper;...

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    Printing with EPSON Stylus RIP for Windows Managing Print Jobs While your job is printing, the following information appears in the Stylus RIP window: If a problem occurs during printing, you’ll see an error indicated in the Message area. If you run out of paper or ink, for example, Stylus RIP displays an error message in this area and holds the print job.

  • Page 65: Batch Printing

    4-2. Each job you send enters the queue automatically. 3. When you’re ready to print, start EPSON Stylus RIP as described on page 4-2. The RIP finds the queued print jobs and starts spooling them automatically.

  • Page 66: Network Printing, Sending Print Jobs From Client Computers

    Printing with EPSON Stylus RIP for Windows Network Printing You can use EPSON Stylus RIP to share your printer over a Windows peer-to-peer network. See “Setting Up Network Printing” on page 3-11 for setup instructions. You can print directly to the Stylus RIP printer from a client computer. Or if Stylus RIP hasn’t been launched on the server, you can send...

  • Page 67: Configuring Epson Stylus Rip, Setting Epson Stylus Rip Preferences

    You can also configure the RIP to launch itself automatically when Windows starts. Setting EPSON Stylus RIP Preferences Follow these steps to set EPSON Stylus RIP preferences: 1. Start Stylus RIP as described on page 4-2. 2. Click the icon in the upper left corner of the Stylus RIP window to display the Control menu.

  • Page 68: Starting Epson Stylus Rip Automatically

    5. Exit Stylus RIP and restart it to enable your changes. Starting EPSON Stylus RIP Automatically If you use EPSON Stylus RIP regularly, you can set it up to start automatically whenever you turn on your computer. Follow these steps: 1.

  • Page 69: Printing High Quality Color Images

    This chapter describes solutions to some of the problems you might encounter with the EPSON Stylus RIP software. Many problems can be solved by making sure the printer is turned on and properly connected to your computer or network before you start the Stylus RIP software, so check these conditions whenever you encounter a problem.

  • Page 70: Solving Problems

    Troubleshooting Make sure you’re using the correct PostScript driver for your printer (included on the EPSON Stylus RIP CD-ROM). If you’re working with scanned images, check the scanner software settings. Try cleaning the print head with the utilities provided with your printer, then print a few lines to check your output.

  • Page 71: You See A Memory Or Vm Error Message (macintosh)

    See your printer documentation for more information. Turn on the printer and try printing again. Change the printer connection to LPT1. You cannot select any other output port within the EPSON Stylus RIP program. Solution Click the Windows icon, then click the Stylus RIP icon to run Stylus RIP directly from Windows.

  • Page 72: Starts, Your Printouts Contain Incorrect Fonts Or Jagged Type, Printouts

    .ps or .prn extension. You’re not saving your PostScript print files in the right folder. EPSON Stylus RIP takes a long time before printing starts Possible cause Your system needs more memory. Your system needs a faster processor.

  • Page 73: Type Or Characters

    Macintosh or Cancel Printing in the Stylus RIP window on a PC to stop printing. If this doesn’t work, turn off the printer to avoid wasting paper. On a Macintosh, halt the Stylus RIP application by holding down the Option and Command keys and then pressing Esc.

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    RIP. Follow the steps in Chapter 1 to reinstall the EPSON Stylus RIP software on your system. Then, don’t move any of the installed files or folders. If none of the solutions above prevent font error messages, delete the tmp folder and the CPSPREFS file in the Stylus RIP folder.

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    Stylus RIP. Solution Turn off your screen saver. Run a self test on the printer and clean the print heads if necessary. See your printer documentation for instructions. Solution Try printing the images in a smaller size. These types of images are processed for a set resolution and size.

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    Solution Print from your application without starting Stylus RIP. Then close your applications before you run the EPSON Stylus RIP software. Add RAM to your computer. Solution Make sure you select the paper size that corresponds to the paper in the printer.

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    Communications error, 5-3 Configuring Stylus RIP Macintosh, 2-2 to 2-8 Windows, 4-11 to 4-12 Drag and drop printing, 2-15 to 2-16 EPS files, problems, 5-7 EPSON accessories, 6 help, 6 Error messages, 5-2 to 5-3 Fonts, problems, 5-4 to 5-6 Help, 6...

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    Print jobs cancelling, 2-16 to 2-18, 4-8 managing, 2-16 to 2-18, 4-8 to 4-9 setting options, 2-9 to 2-14, 4-3 to 4-7 Print options Macintosh, 2-10 to 2-14 Windows, 4-3 to 4-7 Print server, 1-4 to 1-7 Printer features setting, 4-6...

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    2-2 to 2-3, 2-14 to 2-15 Standalone configuration definition, 1-3 Stylus RIP Monitor, 2-17 to 2-18 Support, EPSON, 6 SWOP setting, 2-12 to 2-13, 4-7 System requirements, 3, 4 Temp Directory setting, 4-11 to 4-12 TIFF files, problems, 5-7...

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