What is ImagePrint R.E.D.?

ImagePrint R.E.D. is ColorByte’s newest entry in the printing world. Because ImagePrint R.E.D. uses the driver that ships with the printer, it can Run Every Device. With a simple, intuitive interface, it’s the perfect software for folks just starting out who aren’t ready for a custom solution like ImagePrint BLACK; for experienced printmakers who are happy using only a handful of papers; and for anyone who wants to make better looking prints on a budget.

How does ImagePrint R.E.D. differ from ImagePrint BLACK?

ImagePrint R.E.D. shares the same interface as ImagePrint BLACK, but we’ve removed some of the more advanced features to deliver a product that includes everything most people need for photographic printing.

Are all of the ImagePrint BLACK profiles included with R.E.D.?

No, ImagePrint R.E.D. doesn’t use the same profiles as ImagePrint BLACK. Instead, R.E.D. is engineered to be the very best at using the color management provided by your printer’s manufacturer. It works with all the profiles provided with the printer driver as well as any profiles made by independent paper manufacturers for your printer.

Is there a quality difference between ImagePrint R.E.D. and ImagePrint BLACK?

ImagePrint R.E.D. is still a ColorByte product, and we wouldn’t release it unless we could guarantee it will improve the quality of your prints. For starters, we’ve engineered R.E.D. to optimize the printer driver supplied by the manufacturer. We take things to the next level by using ImagePrint’s proprietary pipeline to eliminate operating system conversions that could negatively impact quality.

ImagePrint BLACK delivers the best quality prints. Period. It’s a finely-tuned, custom output solution built for each individual paper and printer combination. The individual components are carefully integrated to work together at the highest level. Because of this, its availability is limited to an elite selection of printers.

Can I build my own profiles for ImagePrint R.E.D.?

Yes. ImagePrint R.E.D. gives you the perfect platform to build your own profiles. You can easily turn off color management to ensure you’re getting the very best and use any ICC compliant tools to create your own profiles.

How many printers can I use with ImagePrint R.E.D.?

ImagePrint R.E.D. will work with an unlimited number of printers in the size range it was purchased for, but it will only print to one printer at a time. Jobs sent to other printers will stack up in our spooler until the current print is complete. If you need to print to multiple printers at once you can purchase additional licenses.

Can I use ImagePrint R.E.D. as a client over the network?

No, ImagePrint R.E.D. can only be used on a single computer. If you need to print to one or more printers on a network, you need the more advanced features of ImagePrint BLACK.

What advantages does ImagePrint R.E.D. give me over printing from Photoshop?

We get this question a lot. Both use the OEM driver to print. However, Photoshop is foremost an image editing package that happens to allow you to print. It gives you very little control over output related functions. ImagePrint R.E.D. is a feature rich printing application designed to drive your printer to its fullest potential. You’d be hard pressed to find an easier way to print than ImagePrint R.E.D. In fact, we’re confident that once you’ve use ImagePrint R.E.D., you’ll never want to print from Photoshop or a basic print utility again.

Does ImagePrint R.E.D. use ImagePrint BLACK’s fancy Spoolface or the limited OS spooler to queue print jobs?

This is another area that separates ImagePrint R.E.D. from other methods of printing. ImagePrint R.E.D. uses the same advanced spooler as ImagePrint BLACK, because we believe any application designed for printing should include professional level spooling.

What is ImagePrint R.E.D.’s automatic color management mode?

Automatic color management is one way that ImagePrint R.E.D. simplifies color management. By default, the correct profile will be automatically selected whenever you choose to use paper made by your printer’s manufacturer. Just select the Media Type, and ImagePrint R.E.D. will do the rest.

How do I use 3rd party paper profiles in ImagePrint R.E.D.?

It’s so easy; just select the 3rd party paper profile you want to use and ImagePrint R.E.D. will tell you which media type to select. No need to decipher cryptic filenames or struggle with media configuration files every time you want to make print.

If I already own ImagePrint BLACK, can I also run ImagePrint R.E.D. for a different printer?

Yes. You can add ImagePrint R.E.D. to any ImagePrint BLACK license, and you can move between the two in the same interface.

Does ImagePrint R.E.D. run on both Mac and PC?

Yes. ImagePrint R.E.D. is hybrid and you own the ability to use it on Mac and PC.

How much does ImagePrint R.E.D. cost?

Because we aren’t building custom drivers and paper profiles for over 93 manufacturers like we do with ImagePrint BLACK, we can offer ImagePrint R.E.D. at a much lower price. For printers 17” or smaller it’s just $399; for printers 24” or larger it’s $599.