As someone who's started converting my clients using XProof over to Overdrive, I find the transition very easy, the results to be virtually identical, and Overdrive to be much faster and more capable. If you're ripping postscript content (like that from InDesign and Illustrator) Overdrive is a great way to go. If your just sending photos then there's not a lot of reason to use Overdrive unless the nesting capabilities are needed.
Thank you for providing your personal/professional experience on this. Very valuable.
I was on the fence for almost a year before making the move to Overdrive earlier this month.
Mostly because I was waiting to sell our copy of X-Proof to cover the costs of Overdrive, but no luck, and I couldn't wait any longer.
After a number of test prints I've done I agree, the results are similar between the 2 RIPs.
Because I was using a custom profile in X-Proof I'm seeing a little difference between the two.
Prints are a little cooler with Overdrive using the "standard" profile.
I also made a custom profile for Overdrive which then "warms" the prints up a bit and they actually come out closer to my X-Proof prints with the custom profile.
All this brings me to my big question.(at least for me it is)Is it worthwhile to create custom profiles for Overdrive or should we be using the supplied profiles?
Have you tried making custom profiles? Have you seen any benefits in using one over the other?
(should/could this turn into a separate topic for the forums?)
As for your working space profiles, I'd recommend ditching the older "US Web Coated SWOP v2" profile for the newer "Web Coated SWOP 2006 Grade 3 paper" profile for generic SWOP conversion, and "Dot Gain 20%" for grayscale files instead of gamma 1.8 for prepress work. In ColorBurst, turn off Black Point compensation for the CMYK space so as to simulate press black density. And for press proofing consider a press proofing aper like Epson's Proofing White Semimatte.
Again, I really do thank you for your recommendations.
Like I mentioned earlier, pretty much all of my Internal work is done in AdobeRGB 1998.By making these changes to my Overdrive "Input Profile" settings, will this affect my RGB images workflow/output in any way?
Just asking because when I was on the phone with Colorburst last week they recommended that I change my "CMYK Image" settings under "Input Profiles" in the RIP to ColorBurst GRACoL G7.icc, Absolute Colorimetric, with BPC off.
I appreciated the advice and have been doing test prints with the "new" settings and my "old" settings.
From what I've seen, all the test prints with the "new" settings come out a little "washed out" as compared to prints using my old settings of "US Sheetfed Coated v2", Relative Colorimetric, with BPC on.
I especially notice the difference in the darker colors and especially the blacks. My "old settings" seem more "saturated", "darker".Why would the colors print differently after changing just the CMYK settings in the RIP and all my test prints consist of only RGB images placed in InDesign and sent to the RIP?
(note: this is without making any changes in the Adobe color settings yet)Should the AdobeCS color settings match the Overdrive "Input Profiles" settings?
examples below: "Web Coated SWOP 2006 Grade 3 paper" and turning off BPC in both AdobeCS and the RIP?When making the above changes to the Adobe CS6 color settings does this affect my existing RGB images in any way?
Also what is your recommendation for the Rendering Intent to be used in both Adobe & RIP?
It's not that I am afraid of change in any way but when it comes to color and also that things have been working pretty good the past few years you can understand my "hesitation" before committing.