Macintosh OS X 10.5 Leopard Compatibility - Professional Imaging FAQs

Q: When will Epson release full-featured Macintosh OS X 10.5 printer drivers for the Epson Stylus Pro printers?
A: See the following schedule for expected release dates:

December 2007

  • Stylus Pro 3800 Series
  • Stylus Pro 4800 Series
  • Stylus Pro 7800 Series
  • Stylus Pro 9800 Series

February 2008

  • Stylus Pro 4880 Series
  • Stylus Pro 7880 Series
  • Stylus Pro 9880 Series
  • Stylus Pro 11880 Series

To download the Macintosh OS X 10.5 driver, check the Drivers & Downloads page for your printer.
Go to the Drivers & Support page, select your printer, then select Drivers & Downloads.

Note: Epson will not release full-featured Macintosh OS X 10.5 printer drivers for the following printers:
  • Stylus Pro 4000 Series
  • Stylus Pro 7600 Series
  • Stylus Pro 9600 Series
  • Stylus Pro 10600 Series
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Q: Will Epson's Macintosh OS X 10.4 printer drivers for my printer work with Macintosh OS X 10.5?
A: Yes. The driver is compatible and will work, but it will offer only limited printing support. See the table below for compatible drivers:

Printer Series Version
Stylus Pro 3800 Series 3.5
Stylus Pro 4800 Series 3.6
Stylus Pro 4880 Series 3.90
Stylus Pro 7800 Series 3.5
Stylus Pro 7880 Series 3.90
Stylus Pro 9800 Series 3.5
Stylus Pro 9880 Series 3.90
Stylus Pro 11880 Series 3.89
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Q: When will service utilities compatible with Macintosh OS X 10.5 be released for my Epson Stylus Pro printer?
A: The release date is not yet determined. To check if the software is available, see the Drivers & Downloads page for your printer.
Go to the Drivers & Support page, select your printer, then select Drivers & Downloads.

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Q: How do I install and configure the Mac OS X 10.4 printer driver in Mac OS X 10.5?
A: Follow these steps:
  1. Download the Macintosh OS X 10.4 driver from the Drivers & Downloads page for your printer.
    (Go to the Drivers & Support page, select your printer, then select Drivers & Downloads.)
  2. Open the file you downloaded, and follow the on-screen instructions to install the driver.
  3. From the Apple menu, select System Preferences.
  4. Click Print & Fax.
  5. If you’re using a USB connection, the printer should automatically appear in the Printers list, indicating that it has been installed. You can skip the remaining steps.

    If you’re using a network connection, click the + icon and go to the next step.
    1. Click More Printers, select Epson TCP/IP, then select your printer.
    2. If your printer is not displayed, input your printer’s IP address in the Internet address or DNS name field, then click Verify. Your printer should appear on the list. Select your printer, then click Add.

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Q: Will Epson be providing updated software for the PostScript RIP that came with my Epson Stylus Pro printer so that it can work with Macintosh OS X 10.5?

A: Epson will provide updated software for some printers, as listed in the following table. Note that not all printers require an update because the RIP software that came with them already supports Macintosh OS X 10.5. See the following table for specific printer update information:

Printer Update
Stylus Pro 3800 Professional Edition Yes*
Stylus Pro 3800 Professional Edition
(if purchased after January 2008)
Not needed
Stylus Pro 4800 Professional Edition Yes*
Stylus Pro 4880 ColorBurst Edition Not needed
Stylus Pro 7800 Professional Edition Yes*
Stylus Pro 7880 ColorBurst Edition Not needed
Stylus Pro 9800 Professional Edition Yes*
Stylus Pro 9880 ColorBurst Edition Not needed

If your printer is not listed in the table above, Epson will not be providing a PostScript RIP update for it.

* The release date has not been determined. To check if the software is available, see the Drivers & Downloads page for your printer by clicking the model name in the table above.

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