EPSON strikes again

Software Update brought me an updated driver for my Stylus Photo 2200 today. I installed it with some trepidation after ensuring that I had a current backup of my system. The new driver looks and works almost identically to the previous version. The one difference I noted, and it is a significant one, concerns black-only printing. The "Ink" setting is now locked to Color if your application (Photoshop, Lightroom, etc.) is set to manage colors.

If you like to print with the black-only (BO) method, you must tell your application to let the printer driver manage colors before you can select Black. You might be tempted to think, "so what?" Unfortunately, letting the driver manage color means there is no way to use an ICC profile to ensure consistent results with different papers.

I compared a BO print I did a few days ago when I could still use a profile to a new print of the same image on the same paper. The new print was noticeably lighter and had a different tonal gradation.

Needless to say, I am not happy. This is one more reason my next printer will be a Canon or HP.
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