Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Epson 2200 in Snow Leopard

After upgrading my Leopard system to Snow Leopard, I not only lost the AppleTalk-based connection to my old LaserJet, but also had problems printing to the Epson Stylus Photo 2200. Low-resolution images when printing PDF's from Preview. InDesign refused to recognize any of the custom Epson profiles on my system. When I figured the profiles problem out, it then claimed the printer had the wrong inkset.

Reviewing Apple's support docs, they claim only GutenPrint is supported.
Reviewing Epson's support docs, they claim the older drivers should work fine, but you need to have Rosetta installed in order to instll them.

I never could get GutenPrint's many options lined up to print an accurately color-balanced photo, although I did get closer after a few iterations.

Here's how I got the Epson to work again:
  • install the 'latest' Epson drivers and the 'common updater' found for the printer. ( see http://www.epson.com/cgi-bin/Store/support/SupportSnowLeopard.jsp)
  • using System Preferences: Print & Fax panel, delete the existing Epson printer defined there.
  • in the Print & Fax panel, add a new printer - select the Epson printer (already connected and powered up) and select the Epson driver for it.
  • the old color profiles are in /Library/ColorSync/Profiles, yet for some reason InDesign only wants to read them from /Library/Application Support/Adobe/Color/Profiles. One way to fix this is simply to copy the profiles you want into the Adobe folder. (Another way that may work is to put an alias or a symlink to the ColorSync directory. )
I can't wait until I have to try and get the roll paper option working again, that's always a feat with the OSX Epson driver!

5 comments:

mel said...

Just wanted to follow-up on your epson printing issues which I'm currently experiencing with my stylus 2200 (so frustrated). Can you tell me after you did the above steps has your printing quality improved - in terms of quality and color?

rick said...

I did have some problems when printing from LightRoom, but I worked around it by using InDesign instead, so I presume I had some setting wrong in LR. This was using the app-managed color. (I almost never print with driver-managed color.)
So yes, I think it was again restored.

DON said...

There should be a way to use parallels with xp to solve the problem with epson 2200 you should be able to find a process by which you can use lightroom// cs4 to print to a printer connected with parallels

Hope some smart person reads this and can come up with an answer.

DON said...

I HAVE THE SOLUTION THAT ALL HAVE BEEN AFTER. INSTALL PARALLELS ON YOUR APPLE. THEN DOWNLOAD A COPY OF LIGHTROOM OR CS4 MAKE SURE TO CK. WITH CUSTOMER SERVICE SO THAT YOU CAN HAVE MULTIPLE PLATFORM VERSIONS OF THE SOFTWARE. DOWNLOAD DRIVERS FOR THE VERSION OF WINDOWS THAT YOU HAVE ON PARALLELS AND YOU ARE GOOD TO GO. IMPORT FILES FROM MAC SIDE TO PARALLELS SIDE AND PRINT AWAY ON ANY OLD PRINTER YOU LIKE. EPSON 2200 IS JUST FINE. I HAVE TRIED TO SOLVE THIS FOR WEEKS AND I AM SO HAPPY I CAN HARDLY CONTAIN MYSELF. GOOD LUCK TO ALL.

DON REISER

rick said...

well yeah, i suppose you could just run the drivers on Window, either native or virtual. I was hoping for something a bit more native. Good to know of that option as a fallback though.