Gimp-Print sequel port planned for MarchPublished: 21st Dec 2006, 20:19:04 | Permalink | Printable
Better quality, more printer support toutedWork is underway to port a new collection of high-quality printer drivers to RISC OS. Martin Wuerthner today announced he is porting Gutenprint 5, formerly known as Gimp-Print, to the platform. The photoreal-capable drivers can support as many as 740 printer models, including many inkjet and Epson devices.
Martin ported Gimp-Print to RISC OS in 2004, and now hopes to port its successor, Gutenprint 5.0, by March next year. The performance and memory requirements are understood to be similar to Gimp-Print's, although Martin expects that the same level of quality will be achieved while using "significantly less memory."
Gutenprint 5.0's printer drivers are said to offer better quality output, and support for many more printers.
Martin added: "Updating the RISC OS port from Gimp-Print 4.2.7 to Gutenprint 5.0 is not trivial because the programming interface of the core print engine has undergone major changes, which means that substantial parts of the RISC OS interface layer have to be rewritten.
"Once that has been achieved it is likely that future versions of Gutenprint can be integrated with relatively little effort."
Existing Gimp-Print users can upgrade to Gutenprint by donating extra cash to the project; the exact details of payment and donations are set to be announced at a later date.
Printers supported by Gutenprint 5.0
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