We attached the printer to the Mac Mini via a USB cable, completed the initial setup as per directions, and installed the software drivers. The Mac recognized the printer with no problems.
However, before we could use the printer to make our first print, we needed to calibrate the print head and perform some basic checks.
We ran the Canon supplied printer utility to check both the nozzle pattern and the head alignment.
Clicking on the "Nozzle Check" gave us the following test print.
Our output from the diagnostics did not indicate we had to clean the nozzles or make any alignment adjustments. So we were good to go for our first print!
We fired up Photoshop and selected our "test photo", loaded up some 4x6 glossy photo paper, and hit "Print".
Wouldn't know it... a flawless print the first time out of the box! We trimmed the photo to fit our frame and completed the entire birthday present project for our friend Kathy in less than 5 minutes :-)
Come back in a few months and we'll let you know how this printer held up "In The Wild"!