Cough up the cash, says MW SoftwareBy Chris Williams. Published: 22nd Jan 2004, 23:49:22 | Permalink | Printable
Gimp-Print project ready to rock and/or rollCast your mind back to August when MW Software was toying with the revolutionary idea of a gimpprint based printing system. No money was asked, except for anyone interested to send an email to register a firm interest. In October, things started taking shape and eventually the project was renamed to Gimp-Print after previous titles fell through for various reasons. This week MW Software completed the GPDriver software.
While the RISC OS online media throws itself into a Gimp-Print frenzy, MW Software has begun chasing up those who pledged support for the project by asking them to put their money where their mouth is and donate cash.
"Many thanks for committing to funding the creation of a RISC OS printer driver based on the Linux Gimp-Print system supporting high quality, high resolution photo-real printing", Martin Wuerthner of MW Software told supporters of Gimp-Print in an email today.
"The coding for the project has been completed and the software is currently going into beta test. This means that it is time for me to collect the promised funding."
The software is currently in beta-test, although supporters are promised a copy before the end of the month. Donations can be paid by cheque, cash, bank transfer or PayPal. MW Software recommends at least a StrongARM or XScale powered computer with 128M of RAM recommended and 64M minimum for Gimp-Print. An A4 page with graphics printed at 720dpi will require 100M of free RAM, for example. You'll also need RISC OS 3.5 or higher, and it's Select and OS 5 compatible.
Martin warns supporters that, "your payment is a donation, so you are not buying a software product with the usual levels of warranty and end-user support", however he does naturnally insist that that Gimp-Print is a "high-quality piece of software."
Gimp-Print utilises the open source gimpprint library, which due to its popularity, supports a vast number of printers - ideal for RISC OS to tap into. According to Martin, the first release is for donators only so as to limit the impact of managing end user support. As components of Gimp-Print use GPL software, they too will also fall under the distribution conditions of the GPL. Martin has also commented that he intends to eventually release all of Gimp-Print as free software.
Gimp-Print will hopefully make a great addition alongside MW Software's Artworks 2 graphics software.
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