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Review: Canon imageProGraf W8400 Printer

(October 2005) posted on Fri Oct 21, 2005


By Jeff Dorgay

Offering up flexibility

The ProGraf W8400 can be used in quite
a few different printing environments,
and Canon has supplied software that
will allow different levels of users to take
advantage of different levels of tools:

  • Its PosterArtist is very similar to a light
    version of Onyx's PosterShop, allowing the
    user to perform basic page-creation operations
    and then print right from within the
    application. It's bundled with 175 ready-to
    use-templates and 2000 clip-art images to
    aid in the creative process.
  • The Digital Photo Print Pro software is
    the next step up, for more-seasoned
    users as well as novices. It simplifies
    advanced functions like red-eye correction,
    dust-removal, etc. It's also capable of
    two-way communication with Photoshop,
    enabling the quick exchange of image
    files between the two programs.
  • PhotoPrint Select, however, is my
    favorite. Made by Scanvec Amiable, it's a
    PostScript 3 software RIP that has a similar
    look and feel to the ColorChoice 2 Pro
    software (also a Scanvec product), which
    I use with my Roland Hi-Fi Jet printers. It
    allowed me complete control over image
    size, orientation, paper type, and final resolution;
    I could even print multiple copies
    with ease. It also includes a Pantone color
    library. If you have used other Scanvec
    Amiable products, you will feel right at
    home with this. Of course you can also do
    without the RIP and easily print with the
    standard driver right out of Photoshop,
    but you'll have less control.
  • With the software installed, I could get
    down to printing. The generous folks at
    Canon provided me with a number of different
    media samples to put the W8400
    through its paces. I made test prints on
    matte and glossy photo papers, in addition
    to canvas and a fine-art rag paper
    that was supplied by Hahnemuhle.


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