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Gimp-Print sequel port planned for March

Published: 21st Dec 2006, 20:19:04 | Permalink | Printable

Better quality, more printer support touted

A printer and a printoutWork 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 MW Software website

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Great to see progress in lots of areas for RISCOS at present. Now we just need to persuade MW to port Amarok as well....

 is a RISC OS Usermarkee174 on 21/12/06 8:37PM
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Fantastic ! The range of printers last time and being able to buy off the shelf and using them to their full capabilities due to the drivers. Will def send my donation to the project. Thanks :)

 is a RISC OS UserHairy on 21/12/06 9:55PM
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Pleased to hear this. Printer compatiblity is, IMHO, RO's "other" big problem so it's good that it's getting some attention.

Gimp print was, personally, a disappointment 'cos it didn't support my printer :-) Here's hoping for second-time lucky!

 is a RISC OS UserTonyStill on 21/12/06 10:18PM
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I applaud Martin's tireless and valuable work in support of the platform! My own printer (a Canon iP4000) is supported and I look forward to the release in March.

 is a RISC OS Userbucksboy on 22/12/06 8:45AM
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Since your printer is a Canon, this is unlikely. Canon development is continuing but at a slow pace and not helped by the fact that there is no documentation from Canon. Thus, the Canon i-series (i450 et al.) is still not supported.

Almost all of the most recent Epson printers are supported by Gutenprint 5.

 is a RISC OS Userwuerthne on 22/12/06 10:04AM
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In Reply to TonyStill and wuerthne

I have a Canon i550 and I can get this to work with GimpPrint via a Canon S800 driver but only to 600x600. So the iSeries are not fully supported but only partially.

I agree with Martin that Epson are much better supported and with Ian's Hamiltons efforts Epson Multifunction devices are getting support abeit only on the Iyonix at the moment. If I were purchasing a new printer now I would be looking at an Epson.

Also there is a Linux driver that Canon have on their website for the i550, which I have copies of, if someone could utilise this as the core of a driver

 is a RISC OS Userbluenose on 22/12/06 10:53AM
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Great news :) I wonder if Martin receives enough funding for Gutenprint, he'll be able to release Gimp-Print for free (or maybe as part of a bundle with new Iyonixs/A9s).


 is a RISC OS Useradamr on 22/12/06 11:06AM
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TBH I still think DB Power AMP would be better suited, memory usage is low, and it comes with different Codecs created by the creator of the application / others

....When talking with the creator one time, he said he wouldn't look at RISC OS, but would help out :@)

 is a RISC OS Userem2ac on 22/12/06 11:13AM
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oh damn forgot my main reason to comment:

Martin, I used Gimpprint (after donating before the project finished) and found no end to its use at work with the duplex Postscripted colour laser, & with my R200, but was upset to find the R200 driver didn't drive my mums R800.

however this is in this version ;@) expect my money (when I have some)

 is a RISC OS Userem2ac on 22/12/06 11:16AM
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I reply to Martin: I registered as a Canon developer some years ago and the only problem I've evr had with getting documentation was that it lagged i.e. I've just checked and can get all the documentation for the iP4200 but none for the iP4300 which recently replaced it! Having said that almost anything written for the iP4000 I'd expect to work on the 4100, 4200 & 4300!

 is a RISC OS UserCJE on 22/12/06 11:29AM
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I see that GP5 has some support (don't know how much) for the Canon iP4000. So hopefully that should also include the iP5000 and MP750 and MP780 as well (maybe even the iP4200 and iP5200) though i guess none of this is guaranteed.

The problem with Epsons is their waste of ink and poor life span (of the carts and the printers) (I'm refering to the C64 and C84)

 is a RISC OS Userfwibbler on 22/12/06 11:29AM
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fwibbler: According to the developer mailing list, the iP4200 works with the current cvs version of Gutenprint and support for the iP4300 is worked on.

 is a RISC OS Userwuerthne on 22/12/06 12:33PM
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CJE: Interesting. The question is whether that documentation includes details on how to drive the printer at high quality. I suspect not.

The iP4000 driver in Gutenprint 5.0.0 cannot drive an iP4200, which disproves the theory that the iP4000 driver should work for the whole lot. As I mentioned above, the current cvs version is already fixed to work with the iP4200 as well, but it does not work with an iP4300.

 is a RISC OS Userwuerthne on 22/12/06 12:37PM
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I have to agree about the Epson statement : I bought a c84 because it was suported by Gimp-Print, but when I saw the cost of the ink (which seem to disapear magically when you switch the printer on), I chose to use 'compatible' cartridges. The head is now out of order, and I reverted to a Stylus 800 (very cheap BW cartridges).

 is a RISC OS UserArc310 on 22/12/06 3:47PM
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The comment about the Epsons is interesting. I have had CX5200 and now a CX6500, as well as a Photo 2100 A3+. Even using higher resolution and large sheets for photographs I don't find ink a problem. In fact I purchased three genuine cartridges for the CX6500 this morning for around the equivalent of £4.50 ea. These are pigment based archival quality inks.

As they say YMMV!

 is a RISC OS Userrmac on 22/12/06 4:09PM
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