Gimp-Print 4.2.1, released April 26, 2002, is a stable release in the
Gimp-Print 4.2 line. This release primarily contains bug fixes; the
one major piece of new functionality is an IJS-based Ghostscript
plugin driver. Please check the supported printers list for a
complete list of supported printers; there have been a few additions
This software includes the Print plug-in for the Gimp, and GhostScript
and CUPS drivers, including Foomatic data.
The Gimp Print plugin requires the Gimp 1.2.
The CUPS driver requires CUPS 1.1.9 or higher. 1.1.14 or above is
highly recommended, as certain translation-related bugs are fixed and
it is possible to print true CMYK.
The Ghostscript driver requires GNU Ghostscript 5.10, 5.50, 6.51, or any
later GNU Ghostscript release based on 6.51 (e. g. 6.52).
The IJS GhostScript plugin driver requires GNU Ghostscript 6.53 or later
or APFL GhostScript 7.04 or later.
Please read the README file for full instructions on building and
installing this package.
Gimp-Print 4.2.1 contains the following major changes over Gimp-Print
* Major Bugs Fixed:
1) Canon printers should now print with correct scaling at all
supported resolutions, and the CMYK printers should print with
optimum quality. However, the photo printers (which use special
cartridges with light cyan and magenta inks) are currently unable
to use the photo cartridges; they are limited to ordinary CMYK
2) The escputil command is translated.
3) It is now possible to print at all resolutions on large format
4) The Ghostscript driver now prints with the same quality as the
other drivers at all resolutions on all printers (in 4.2.0, Epson
printers printed with poor quality at high resolutions).
5) CUPS PPD files should operate correctly with the Adobe PostScript
driver (and other PostScript drivers).
6) Gimp-Print now builds successfully on Solaris, IRIX, AIX, and
Macintosh OS X.
* New Functionality:
1) A new driver, based on the IJS architecture, is included in this
release. This driver is compatible with GNU Ghostscript 6.53 and
above, and AFPL Ghostscript 7.04 and above. IJS is a new
architecture for Ghostscript drivers; rather than having to build
the driver into Ghostscript, the driver runs as a separate
process. Foomatic data is provided for this driver.
2) New translations for the Slovak, Greek, and Dutch languages are
* Quality Improvements:
1) Additional tuning has been done for some Epson Stylus printers,
in particular the Stylus Pro 5500, 7500, and 9500.
2) Epson Stylus Pro printers can now print to letter size (and
3) The Very Fast dither algorithm has been sped up in certain cases.
4) Some quality improvements for the Epson 680/777 driver.
* Exceptions and Workarounds:
1) If you have built and installed the foomatic-db-gimpprint package
from any gimp-print 4.2.1-pre* tarball, or from CVS, you will
need to manually remove it prior to installing the final 4.2.1
debs. This is because it has been renamed to
foomatic-db-gimp-print to match the foomatic naming scheme.
There is only a guaranteed upgrade path between official releases
to avoid unnecessary dependency complexities.
The following bugs have been fixed in 4.2.1:
485156 Debian build broken in 4.2.0
488865 escputil isn't translated
493772 360dpi is not a valid resolution
493838 canon print scaling broken
496813 Z42 issues
499200 ESP 1280/1290 need special deinit code
499203 ESP 780/820 have different paper codes
499299 z42 border
502713 Restricted resolution on DesignJet
507767 Parameters not set in CUPS driver
507770 Unset parameters in Ghostscript driver
507773 Old-style GS build broken
516268 Erroneous comparison
518224 makeinfo fails during build
521694 CUPS build broken in 4.2.1-pre1
525779 Buffering bug in epson cups backend
528922 rastertoprinter doesn't log pages
533400 Very fast dithering works incorrectly
537248 IJS driver mis-handles -r option
537293 IJS/foomatic driver crashes printing grayscale
538497 IJS driver sets incorrect paper size
538500 PCL driver crash
539013 IJS driver mispositions image on page
540307 Syntax error in CloseUI in PPD files
543562 Portability issues
548844 OS X support
The following critical bug has been reported against all 4.2 releases
to date and is unresolved in this release. The symptoms are that
prints to Windows-hosted printers are incomplete: the bottom of the
last page will not be printed. Some people have reported success when
the host is an NT-based system rather than a Windows 95/98/ME-based
system. The only definitive workaround is to physically host the
printer on a UNIX/Linux system. It is not known at this time if the
underlying problem is in Gimp-print or in other software.
510185 Incomplete print to Windows-hosted printers
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