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Re: Mac OS X Leopard (Re: new problem)

This might aid you. When a new OS is written, 3rd party functions of soft/hardware take some time in catching up. A huge portion of
the Epson market is fine art such as we are into . . . particularly with the Mac computers. An instance you might notice is that in television and
in film the protagonist is virtually always seen operating a Mac computer. So, Epson pays attention and on their web site, below, are some Beta driers for the 3800 to work with Leopard.
They say:

The following Epson drivers are for use with Apple Macintosh OS 10.5 - 10.5.x. These drivers are offered for public beta testing only, so Epson provides them "as is," without any warranty, support or liability of any kind. Final release of these drivers is expected to be Q1 of 2008.

These Epson Leopard drivers are all new. They are being designed to take advantage of the latest technologies introduced with the Leopard OS. One major feature is the 16-bit printing path. We are designing the drivers to function so that if you are printing 16-bit files from 16-bit capable printing applications, the data remains untouched in native 16-bit form as it arrives into the Epson printer driver for color and screening processing.

Here is their web site:
http://www.epson.com/cgi-bin/Store/support/supAdvice.jsp? type=highlights&noteoid=101603


On February2008, at 4:49 PM, Diana Bloomfield wrote:


Thanks for the information (most of which, admittedly, is over my head). ;)

Since I initially asked the question, I'll just say that Leopard installed fine for me; that wasn't the problem I had. My problem is, after installing Leopard on my desktop (iMac), my Epson 3800 printer isn't fully functional anymore. That's an Epson problem, caused by something Apple did between 10.4 (Tiger) and 10.5 (Leopard). My Epson driver worked perfectly well with 10.4; with 10.5 (Leopard), there are all sorts of problems.

Why Apple would make such changes, that the Epson driver no longer works, is beyond me. The 3800 is not *completely* non-functional, but I have to make all sorts of adjustments each time I try to print anything. It prints, but for my purposes, it may as well not. Epson has said they will have an updated driver by March, which should clear up the issue--they say.. There are some other weird problems, too-- I happen to use GIMP (not Photoshop), and I've lost function there as well. Other minor issues occur, too, like when I'm looking at text in Preview and attempt to copy anything from that-- when I paste what I copied, it pastes something entirely different-- just jumbled phrases from a totally different section of the text.

I know this isn't connected with alt processes, except that I make digital negatives for use in alt processes-- so maybe I can say that, and it won't be completely off-topic. ;)

Mark had suggested that I keep Tiger installed on another computer and have that computer connected to the 3800. I did do that, but no sooner did that happen, than my hard-drive crashed on that computer. I suspect that was just a coincidence-- bad timing and bad luck.

Thanks for your input, though. I did have new hard drive installed on the laptop, have Tiger installed on that, and have connected it to the 3800. So far, so good.