There are things called bugs (something that is broken), but there is also something called "works as designed" which is not a bug. The particular aspect of the print pipeline I have a problem with, is in the latter category. It in fact works as designed. I just happen to think the design is simply wrong (or flawed). I have provided rather detailed emails to the relevant people at Apple about my position on this, the exact consequences of the design, and a solution to tweak the design that has no negative consequences. Presently Apple doesn't agree with my position, but it's unclear to me exactly what portion of it they have a problem with. My assertions go back 7 years, have not changed, and I have persistently reminded relevant parties at Apple of my opinion on this matter every single time a print related problem has occurred. Yet here we are.
The best analogy I have come up with is the "real" problem (in my opinion) is a light bulb. And the problems we've seen with printing are like moths, attracted to this light bulb. Some of those flying bugs are in fact not Apple's bugs. All parties have had some bugaboos here and there over the years related to color and printing, but my argument is the central reason for these bugs manifesting themselves at all is solely because of the light bulb. The relevant parties have dutifully stomped on the bugs when they are found, so they do get fixed eventually. And each time the manifestation of the bug is different. But another another bug will also eventually come along, and be attracted to this light bulb, until the bulb itself is crushed. It is not a bug, it's a flawed design, in my opinion. If that were crushed, the vast majority of the bugs we've seen may very well still have happened, but would not have revealed themselves because ColorSync really would have been fully disabled without an ability to second guess.*
Einstein's supposed definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. I'm clearly insane because I've tried the same thing over and over again with Apple, expecting to eventually convince relevant parties so that a we can get a different result. I will take offline or anonymous suggestions at this point, on a different strategy. I don't even care if my specific suggestions are used to bring reliability to Mac OS ICC printing workflows, I just want this stuff to work and not break every time there's either an OS, application or print driver update (or sneezed at or looked at wrong).
*Not a perfect analogy. _______________________________________________
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