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printer controller software

Since being forced to lose XP and be subjected to Win10, I've been having fits with digital image editors. Does anyone make software designed specifically to control the printer? I've been through 8 digital image editors only to find that all of them fight with the controls on my Epson 3880 to the point that every print is unpredictable and none of the software controllers built into them allow for complete control over the placement of the image on the paper. They all seem to think they are more capable of determining where you want the image on the paper than you are. Additionally, there is usually an overlap wherein the Digital image software and the 3880 control panel both have checkoffs or entry boxes to determine such things as "fit to page" or "paper size, image size, horizontal or vertical format" etc. and there is no telling which one will take control of the print. This is particularly frustrating given the cost of fine art printing papers, and given that they are sometimes custom cut for such commodities as cards or custom art prints. HELP!!!

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I think you are using apps and not DTP.

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I see this complaint about "placement on a page" with most apps until we get into DTP such as PageMaker and its kin.

To me this is not about printer controller software but the choices made with the software used.

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A thing to try: print to pdf (built in into Windows 10). Then when the pdf is fine, see if any free pdf-reader (Adobe, Foxit, Nitro and more) handles the printer and the paper correctly. And don't try that on fine art printing papers, any ordinary A4 or letter format is fine to see how it works.

Printing erroneous things to pdf is free, however often you have to retry.

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Thanks, but....

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print to pdf brought up only two alignment options and no ability to set the image where it was wanted/needed.

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Setting the image exactly on a page.

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That's something we did in DTP software. It's possible in Word or LibreOffice but I found folk unaccepting of the method so my advice changed to "use DTP software" when you need images to land at exact locations.

https://www.scribus.net/ is Free with a capital F. It's also unacceptable to those that want something that doesn't require work.

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