It is perhaps somewhat off topic on APUG to discuss a purely digital color methodology, namely inkjet.
Aardenburg is probably doing the most comprehensive stability testing on such materials. The archival
issue of inkjet is the sheer complexity of all the potential ingredients and combinations of substrates.
Accelerated aging testing is better than nothing, but is no substitute for an actual track record, which
simply doesn not exist with inkjet at this point in history. If you study the patents, you will realize a
lot of the pigments are simply lakes of otherwise ordinary dyes which might or might not be superior to
their original ingredient. By contrast, the characteristics of the three primary azo dyes in Ciba are very
well known at this point in time, and the steady evolution of typical chromogenic papers (now RA4) has
quite a long precedent. The term "abomination" should be completely fair on a forum allegedly dedicated to analog practice. I was generically referring to how, given how inkjet has now taken over
the majority of amateur printing needs, it has basically replaced all the hideous image qualities once
provided by the corner Photomat. There are obviously very skilled practitioners of inkjet too, just as
many world-class printers previously chose Cibachrome or dye transfer as a premier medium. Visually,
optical prints still have certain seamless characteristics that can nearly be mimicked by top-end laser
printers, but not yet by inkjet, though it has its own appeal. This being APUG, one would at least
of imagine that there are some potential color darkroom workers tuning in here who will take advantage
of my own learning curve.