Help. I am not a graphics professional but am trying to make enough sense of some terms to buy a new printer. I mostly do not understand the difference between raster and vector graphics, and the implications of that for printing and esp color management. I currently go most grpahic work in Photoshop, Pagemaker and Maptitude (a GIS program). I nearly always produce pdf files from those programs. I do color management mostly by trial and error - change settings in one or more programs until things look right. Up til now I have been mostly printing with an HP 8500 PS.
I am considering a large format printer, an HP 130. I asked HP about color management and they launched into a complex (for me) story of PS language, raster and vector graphics. They sell a $700 PS RIP software for this printer, but I don't know how to tell if I need that.
Can anyone give me the short course on this? I have read all the Adobe help files on color management, but don't get it.