Comparing the Epson Stylus Pro 4900 and 4880

This article will compare the Epson Stylus Pro 4900, announced in the Fall of 2010, and its predecessor, the Stylus Pro 4880. While the two printers share many of the same features and are capable of printing on media up to 17″ in width, some significant changes were made when the Stylus Pro 4900 was introduced that should benefit many users. Among these changes are the print head, ink set and the speed at which prints can be produced.

Print Heads, Ink, and Auto-Switching Black Ink

The Epson 4900 has a single ten-channel piezo print head that allows auto-sharing of the black ink channel. The Epson 4880 had a single 8-channel piezo print head that forced users to have either a Photo Black or a Matte Black ink installed. To change black inks, one would have to drain the black ink line, using more than $30 of ink to make that change. While the 4900 does have both the Matte Black and Photo Black inks installed, users lose no more than $2.00 in ink during the automatic switch.

The ink used in the Stylus Pro 4900 is the UltraChrome HDR Ink Set. This set includes the same eight colors included in the 4880 ink set, but also adds an orange and green ink, in addition to having both the matte black and photo black ink on board. The total number of inks loaded in this printer is 11, with 10 being used at any one time. The overall result is an expanded color gamut over the 4880.

The other difference is the capacity of the ink cartridges. Cartrdiges for the Stylus PRo 4900 are offered in one size – 200 ml. The inks for the 4880 are offered in two sizes 110 ml and 220 ml.

Media

The Epson 4900 and 4880 can print to the same types of media. Photo paper, fine art paper, canvas and specialty media can be used. Both printers are capable of printing on media that is up to 17″ in width. Borderless printing is supported by both printers for the most common roll widths – 8″, 10″, 16″ and 17″ among others.

Speed

The speed at which the Epson Stylus Pro 4900 can print is also a significant improvement over the 4880. The 4900 can produce an 8 x 10 in normal mode (SuperFine – 1440 dpi HS) in about one minute and 30 seconds. A 16 x 20 can be produced in a little more than four minutes. In the same print mode, the 4880 produces an 8 x 10 in two minutes and a 16 x 20 in a little more than six minutes. Based on this, the Stylus Pro 4900 can print at speeds at least 25% faster than the 4880.

Conclusions

The Epson Stylus Pro 4900 is a welcome upgrade over the 4880. With a wider color gamut, ability to auto-switch black inks and improved print speeds, the Stylus Pro 4900 will meet the needs of the professional photographer and fine art printer that is seeking to produce high quality prints that are up to 17″ in width.

What is Hot in Photo Album Software Today?

Digital photography has taken over the world of photography in a storm, new photographers are excited and are absolutely loving being able to get creative and snap away till their hearts content. Family photographs and holiday pictures are filling up computer hard drives fast. Professional photographers have expanded their services with many thousands of stock images, and even larger digital photography data bases.

Photographers are not alone in their passion for images, visual artists are also excited, certainly graphic designers and digital artists are creating new designs and collecting images left and right.
Hard drives are filling up and files and folders are scattered right though our computers. It is often embarrassing when we are clicking though our computers looking for a particular image to show our friends and family or even clients. Locating an image seems to take forever, not to mention those awkward moments that occur when we open a more personal image or some really bad photograph we had no intentions of showing anyone.

The answer to these frustrating and sometimes even uncomfortable moments is a well organized and easy to search digital image album. We have reviewed many, some were great and some not so great, but here we have bought you the best.

PicaJet FX:

PicaJet FX is fantastic digital photo management and image database software. PicaJets features allow users to professionally categorize and access large digital image collections quickly and easily. PicaJet FX offers everything you need in a photo management system and nothing you don’t need. Certainly PicaJet FX contains superb editing features including red-eye reduction, cropping, image sharpening and more. PicaJet FX has many additional features such as an image search engine with support for EXIF data, slide show maker and a web gallery generator just to name a few.

PicaJet FX works effortlessly and surprisingly fast with very large databases. One feature that is most certainly very valuable is the ability to hide private photographs

Picasa:

Picasa puts the fun into digital photo album making for new photographers. It is certainly an easy to use program that organizes and edits your photographs for sharing with family and friends on the internet. Additionally Picasa offers users red-eye reduction cropping and the ability to create slideshows or image timelines. This is a very popular utility for mums and dads users for its ability to easily attach photographs to email messages for sending.

PaintShop Pro Album:

PaintShop Pro Album is very popular among photographers, the list of editing features is endless, although many of these most of us well never use after the novelty has worn off, Certainly PainShop Pro Album includes all of the usual features such as image adjustment for brightness, color and specific photographic flaws, it also includes the handy ability to create photo collages. PaintShop Pro Album offers users a little fun with the ability to manipulate images with warping and twisting effects, image blur, talk bubbles and even art media presentations.

Organizing and sharing is also made fun and easy with PainShop Pro Album with the inclusion of an automated album maker, print templates and slide shows.

Adobe Bridge:

Adobe Bridge was created by Adobe Systems as part of their Creative Suite to act as a link between parts of the suite, but is a handy organizational tool in its own right. Adobe Bridge has the ability to perform some PhotoShop processing functions. Registered users of Adobe Bridge are granted access to huge gallery of Adobe stock photos collected from well known and respected stock photo houses.

Useful features include batch renaming and organizing and the ability to work in camera raw file format. Images may be viewed in a variety of thumbnails, slideshows or lists.

With so many different digital album software available it would certainly be difficult to offer you a complete guide to each of them, but we have tried, and I believe perhaps even come close. To find a comprehensive list of album software go to [http://www.photoalbumsoftwarelist.com] a link to each of the products publisher is available in the description.

Point That Android Phone and Shoot a Better Picture! – Top 5 Photo Apps

While your smart phone is great for making calls, texting, or even watching the latest news, most have the added advantage of taking pictures and sending them to anyone in an instant. Features like zooming, sepia and negative filters can make you look like a professional pretty quickly. But if you are interested in improving on the basics check out these photo editing apps:

Camera Illusion – Android Illusion (Free)

Most photo editors only allow you to add effects after a picture is taken. With this app, you can add effects before taking a photo such as comic art, rough glass effects, x-ray filter, borders, and masks. The pro version is under $3.

PicSay – Shinycore (Free)

The easy user interface makes this editor a great addition to your tool set. Users can correct color, crop images, write balloon captions, and apply special effects. The pro version allows you to remove red-eye and has more effects you can apply. Pro version is under $5.

FxCamera – ymst (Free)

As the name suggests, this app allows the user to apply a vast array of special effects to their pictures. Some of these effects include Fisheye, Polandroid, ToyCam, Warhol, and SymmetriCam…

Vignette – neilandtheresa (Free)

This app provides 68 film and flash effects, 56 frames, plus crop, zoom, and timer features. Some of the effects included are Polaroid, cross processing, tilt-shift, toy camera, and LOMO. The pro version is $4.

Camera ZOOM FX – Androidslide ($4.79)

Camera ZOOM FX packs 40 photo effects, photo bursts, zoom, timers, stable shot, white balance, grids and sound activation. This app also integrates with Twitter and Facebook and includes geotargeting capabilities.