I also have finally started to use my Canon PRO-100 with Linux (it was the last thing that I had to do after the BIG RELOCATION from mac os to linux started around 7-8 months ago…). Yesterday I installed Turboprint and (1) I was surprised that the printer was in perfectly good shape after months that was left unused (no clogging etc), (2) it was recognized instantly by Turboprint via its wifi connection.
I will start doing some tests today, but I have a question about which version of Turboprint to buy – the “basic” Pro 2 version or the Studio (see here)? Any suggestion on what you guys have?
I usually print up to A4 / 8x10, nothing big (I don’t even have A3 paper at home, but might try it in the future); the only thing that is peculiar to my printing is that I use Red River Paper, which comes with their .icc profiles – so can I use them in the basic version of Turboprint or not?
Related to this I have a question that surelly shows my ignorance but I’ll ask anyway: are these .icc profiles specific to a software, so only usable in Adobe products or are they supposed to be “universal”?
About printing using .icc paper profiles, when I was using Lightroom I started following Ctein’s advice about using printer-managed colors – here’s the relevant part:
most recent generations of printers can do a better job of rendering color all by themselves than handing the problem off to an external software profile. […]
We really are talking about “printer-managed color,” as Photoshop refers to it. Profiling is turned off entirely. No custom profiles, not even the canned profiles that get installed with your printer software. You’re letting the printer engine do it all. It works fabulously well.
Now, this above would make the entire discussion above on icc profiles totally redundant. And I tried it already on my prints, I could see some tiny differences but I also remember struggling to decide what was “best”. So in the end I ditched the profiles and went with printer-managed colors.
However! This is maybe true for the official Canon’s driver that are only available on mac and windows, so the question I have is this – is Turboprint good enough that I can offload the entire color-management process to it? Anyone with experience on this?