New Sublimation and ChromaBlast Solution for Mac Users

EnMart often gets questions about whether or not Sawgrass’ printer drivers can be used with a Mac.   At times, we’ve had to say no, or suggest workarounds in answer to that question.  Today, however,  I have a different response to that question.  Sawgrass has just announced the introduction of Sublijet-R and ChromaBlast-R solutions for the Ricoh GX7000 and the Ricoh GX e3300n which run on the Mac OS.

The center of this new solution for Mac users is MacProfile.  This is an easy to install, unique color management software bundle that assists with product registration.  MacProfile also includes a custom ICC profile, a custom Palette Swatch Library and custom Proof Palette.   This new solution is compatible with popular Mac OS design software like Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator.   The software will also give users flexibility,  as it offers rich, vibrant color over a wide variety of images and substrates.

MacProfile also comes with Sawgrass’ Palette Swatch Library and Proofing Palette.  The tools can be used for precise color matching.   The Palette Swatch Library is a a selection of preset color which are suitable for creating designs which are intended to be printed using Sublijet-R or ChromaBlast-R ink.   The Proof Palette allows creation of a color swatch booklet, which can be used as a reference guide to see how colors will look once they are pressed.

Mac users can find more information about installing and using the MacProfile software on the Sawgrass website.   You can download MacProfile from the Sawgrass site as well.

Sublijet Ink and Macintosh Computers

If you own a Mac and want to sublimate using Sublijet Ink, you may encounter some issues when it comes to printer drivers profiles.  Sawgrass Ink develops a driver  for each printer for which they manufacture ink, but they tend to develop drivers that works with the Windows operating system, since that system still dominates the market.   Sawgrass does offer a variety of printer driver downloads, but if you look at the list, you’ll see that the majority are Windows specific.   Based on this list, it may seem that you’re out of luck if you use a Mac and want to sublimate, but that isn’t really the case.  There are some things you can do.

One option is to switch to Artanium Ink.   ArTainium®UV+ uses ICC profiles to manage color.  An ICC profile will work equally well with a Windows or Mac operating system.   If you do choose to use Artanium Ink and you do have a Mac, simply contact Sawgrass Technical Support for information on downloading an ICC profile.   It should also be noted that, although the Artanium Ink is not currently listed on the EnMart website, it can be purchased from EnMart.  Just contact us at 866-516-1300 to place an order.

Another option for those Mac users who would prefer to use SubliJet Ink is to purchase software that would allow you to run a Windows OS on your Mac.  One program that does this very thing is Mac OS X.    This operating system, through a program called BootCamp allows you to install Windows and run windows applications.   If you want to run the Mac OS and the Windows OS side by side, you can also opt for Parallels Desktop 5 for Mac.   Before you purchase these programs, please be aware that no one at EnMart uses Macs and so we have not actually tried these suggestions ourselves.  We have, however, been told it works and is useful for people who want to run both operating systems.

If you use a Mac and wish to print with ChromaBlast Ink, your only option would be to use one of the programs that would allow the running of a Windows OS on your Mac.  There are currently no ChromaBlast drivers for the Mac operating system.

Using a generic driver with sublimation inks is never recommended.    A generic driver will not allow you to achieve the results you want from your sublimation printing.  The Power Drivers developed by Sawgrass were created specifically for the printers for which Sawgrass has developed ink.   If you have any questions about what drivers should be used, whether there is a driver for your particular operating system, or how to install a driver, please contact Sawgrass Technical Support for the latest information.