One other piece of technology I discovered at the recent Photo Expo in NYC that really struck a chord with me was the Color Munki. It enables you to calibrate your entire color printing system, both printer AND your monitor screen, so they are all speaking the same language when it comes to color.
For more info, see: www.colormunki.com/product/show
I am not normally one to buy something when the technology I already own seems to do what I need. Most calibration devices work to match your monitor/screen to international standards, which is good. However to make sure your printer is an integral and accurate part of your process, you should calibrate that, too. The Color Munki is not the first calibration device that works on BOTH the printer and monitor, but it is the first inexpensive and easy to use system.
What is especially enticing is that they’re offering a $50 cash back rebate on ColorMunki Photo when purchased from authorized dealers in the USA and Canada from June 1, 2009 to September 30, 2009. To read more about the rebate, see: http://blog.xritephoto.com/?p=392.