Item: ImagePrint RIP - at least with the print settings I'm using, wants bi-directional printing to be turned off in the printer driver - actually the port setup. And that's fine. But what is odd about Windows 2K, is that when I reboot the pc, Windows reverts to bi-directional printing on the Epson Port being turned on. Not a big thing, but weird.
Item: There has always been a tremendous emphasis in traditional photography in getting the negative right. Yes, in terms of exposure this is still true in the digital realm. But one of the things I've noticed as I've moved from film to digital is that with a good b&w filter plug-in, you have more control in post-processing than with film. This is especially true with the use of what I would call post-shot color filters. Typical case. You have shot the beautiful building against the beautiful sky without using an orange filter and now you are looking at the color image about to be transformed into black and white and you can take your pick of filters to darken the sky.
Which makes me wonder - is there a benefit to shooting with the orange filter in the first place? Polarizing filters are another matter. But if your goal is to achieve that nice black sky on a clear sunny day - and you are essentially shooting in color for black and white later on - where do colored filters fit in? Is this another part of the old film world that is going to have declining sales? Or am I missing something?