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New Epson R2880 printer will not interface properly with iMac

When software was installed, and the computer screen had been calibrated with Spyder 2, the resulting prints do not resemble in quality the photo that is on the monitor screen.  The prints are washed out, look overexposed, and simply are not satisfactory.  This happens no matter which type of paper the printer is set for -- plain, matte or high grade glossy. It also happens with both the Macbook and the iMac, so it's not just the one printer that is causing the problem.  Somehow, the connection between the iMac and the printer is not right, although we have followed all the instructions that came with the printer.  Please help!  Phyllis Kedl

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Problem not yet solved, but we have a local Mac/Epson guru who is working on it.  Thanks all the same.  Phyllis kedl

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