This Windows application prints test charts for printer profiling. It is not useful for anything else. If you are unfamiliar with printer profiling, please do not use this utility!
Profiling a printer first requires printing a test chart or charts. All color management must be disabled in the printer, printer driver, and operating system for the charts to be useful. Otherwise, the raw state of the printer is unknown. In years past, this task was easily accomplished in Adobe Photoshop using the "no color management" option. Changes made by Apple to OS X forced color management to be on in most cases, preventing the traditional Photoshop no color management method from working properly. Not wanting to let Windows users off easily, Adobe removed the option to disable color management from all versions of Photoshop starting with CS5.
Adobe released their Adobe Color Printer Utility (ACPU) to address the needs of users needing to profile their printers. Unfortunately, the Windows version of Adobe's program shrinks images by approximately 4%. Depending on the chart layout, measurement instrument, and software used, the smaller print size from ACPU can reduce measurement accuracy or prevent measuring the chart entirely. Note that this problem is confined to the Windows version of ACPU; Mac users face no such issues.
Our tool addresses this limitation of ACPU, and prints profiling charts true to size. Color management must be disabled in the printer driver. If it is, no additional conversions are performed. If none of the above makes sense, this application is not for you!
If the above has not scared you off the latest version of our utility can be downloaded here.
0.3.54: October 23, 2013: Shows error message if a non-image file is opened rather than crashing
0.3.21: October 10, 2013: Faster image previews
0.3.1: August 21, 2013: First public release