Epson 1280 / iphoto 08 question

Discussion in 'Digital Darkroom' started by ken_schroeder, May 27, 2008.

  1. I recently switched from an older PC to an imac. My Epson 1280 works with the imac, but not as
    well as with the PC. When I use the print option on the iphoto, I get a different screen, which does
    not have the choice of high res or high speed for printing. (I always use high res.)

    I reloaded the Epson CD, which had no effect. Except for the printing issue, the iphoto seems an
    adequate program for my needs. I especially like being able to lighten or darken either the
    shadows or the highlights.

    Any help would be most appreciated.

  2. I've seen a similar problem in Windows, and maybe there's a parallel in iMac. Windows XP has a simplified Epson driver embedded which allows the OS to recognize some Epson printers as "plug and play" devices, without the need for installing a separate driver. The file name for the embedded driver would be something like, "Epson Stylus Photo 1280 ESC/P 2". Check the driver you're using for a similar file name. Usually, the problem can be solved by downloading the 1280 driver from the Epson site, installing it properly and then deleting the simple simon version. The only problem I've ever had with this is with printers on a network, where the status monitor doesn't work.
  3. Thanks for your reply,William. I think you are on the right path. I don't seem to be
    able to pull up the same Epson printing pages I could with Windows. I have
    downloaded the Epson driver several times and run the CD as well. I am thinking
    either Apple has designed iphoto to take over or they have programmed a simple
    plug and play set up. Either way, I have not been impressed with either Apple or
    Epson. It is annoying. The rest of iphoto seems like a decent program.

    You and I must be the only 1280 users on this forum. I do appreciate your thoughts.

  4. Ken, if you haven't already done so, you might check the Epson site. The support page has some pretty specific instructions for downloading/installing the driver in a Mac.

    I think there are a few of us 1280 users that lurk here. It's my backup printer for my 2200, which is also kind of long in the tooth. Not only that, but I also still have my original 870, which my wife and I share as an office printer. It's kind of like an Epson museum around here.

    Good luck......
  5. William, I had checked the Epson site. However, rechecking it, I found more info.
    Thanks for the tip. It would appear I am using the correct driver. I believe the
    culprit may be something in the iphoto program commandeering the printing screen.
    In hindsight, I regret ever having the ilife08 program loaded . i don't use any of the
    other parts.

    I suppose you are right about the 1280 being "long in the tooth". In context with my
    film equipment: 1958 Leica M3; 1973 Nikon F....even the "new" Wisner dates from
    1990; I don't think of my 1280 as being old.

    I am surprised Epson doesn't mention something about iphoto. Perhaps they will
    when they eventually answer (hopefully) my email.

    Again,thanks for your help.

  6. Ken, are you clicking the "Advanced" button in the iPhoto print window ? It will bring
    up the usual Epson driver options. If you are sys. 10.5 it may not fully support the
    1280, unless Epson updates its driver. Good Luck.
  7. James, thanks for your reply. I don't have an "advanced" option on the print screen. (I
    did when using this printer on my old PC.) The only option is "customize",which has to
    do with the size of the border. Am I missing something?


  8. Ken, Try Epson support Mac OS 10.5 Leopard first( to make sure you are not running
    on the GutenPrint generic driver) then try Apple. Again, neither may support all options
    of the 1280 era printers.I access all 1280 options with iPhoto w/ MacOS10.4
  9. Thanks to all for the replies. I finally "cracked the case". After I hit the print button, a
    a screen came up with the "Epson 1280" listed. There was an arrow in a box next to
    that. Clicking the arrow brought up another screen, which showed "iphoto". (It would
    also have shown other programs if I had any loaded.) Clicking on the iphoto brought up
    the choices of printing I needed. The computer already had the correct driver loaded. i
    hope this information might help someone with the same question in the future.

  10. Outstanding, Ken! Thanks for letting us know.....
  11. Thanks for the nice comment, William. Now I can leave the very comfortable world of
    large JPEG and enter the unknown land of NEC.

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