Gimp-Print 4.2.2, released September 12, 2002, is a stable release in
the Gimp-Print 4.2 series.  This release primarily offers bug fixes
and support for all Epson Stylus printers announced since Gimp-Print

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).  It may also
be used with GNU Ghostscript 7.05, or with ESP Ghostscript 7.05.

The IJS GhostScript plugin driver requires GNU Ghostscript 6.53 or
later, ESP Ghostscript 7.05 or later, or APFL GhostScript 7.04 or

We recommend that Macintosh OS X (10.2 or later; this package will not
work with any 10.0 or 10.1 release) users download the precompiled
installer package from rather than
attempt to build this package from source, as using the installer is
much simpler.  This package will be available shortly after this
announcement.  We further recommend that Macintosh OS X users install
ESP GhostScript, to permit printing from applications (such as most
Adobe applications) that generate PostScript rather than PDF output.
Directions for that are also available at

Please read the README file and full release notes (see for full instructions on building
and installing this package.

Gimp-Print 4.2.2 contains the following major changes over Gimp-Print

* Major Bugs Fixed:

  1) (bug 565092) A Gimp-print driver crash on some systems is fixed.
     Inspection with a debugger would indicate that the crash was in a
     routine named `stp_vasprintf'.  Whether the driver crashed or not
     depended upon the precise system software installed.

  2) (bug 592093) On certain systems primarily in European countries
     (where the locale was set to a non-US value, such as French,
     German, or even UK English), the IJS-based Ghostscript driver did
     not set certain parameters properly.  The most obvious effect was
     that the page size was set incorrectly.

  3) (bug 510185) On certain Epson printer models (primarily the Epson
     Stylus Color 740 and newer) hosted on some Windows systems, the
     last page of jobs was printed incompletely; anywhere between a
     fraction of an inch and half a page would not be printed.  This
     did not affect all printer models, or all Windows-hosted
     printers.  Whether this happened depended upon the exact printer
     model, the version of Windows, and the driver features selected
     on the Windows host (in particular, the status monitor and/or
     bidirectional communication).

  4) (bug 594637) The driver for the Lexmark Z52 crashed in certain

  5) (bug 600249) On all printers requiring a right margin greater
     than zero (which is most printers), the native CUPS driver
     printed a right margin twice as wide as the margin required by
     the printer.  This resulted in the output being squeezed

  6) (bug 599505) When using the Postscript PS2 output in the GIMP
     Print plugin to print to a CUPS-hosted printer, options selected
     in the PPD file were ignored.

  7) (bug 598341) On certain systems, the GIMP Print plugin did not
     save the printer defaults correctly.  This happened on systems
     where the `lpstat -p -d' command (used to retrieve the list of
     printers available on the system) produces more than one line
     listing each printer.

  8) (bug 554149) The CUPS driver did not install correctly on certain
     commercial UNIX systems, in particular most Solaris systems.

  9) (bug 581446) The driver did not print correctly at certain very
     low resolutions on certain Epson printers in black and white.
     This prevented fast draft printing from working correctly.

  10) (bug 565091) The IJS driver failed to print extremely large
     images (typically very long banners on large format printers).

* New Functionality:

  1) Apple Macintosh OS 10.2 ("Jaguar") is fully supported as of this

  2) The default optimization level with gcc is now -O2 rather than
     -O.  This improves performance somewhat.

  3) German, Portuguese, and Spanish translations have been added.

  4) Quad tone grayscale inks, such as the Piezography (TM) inks, are
     now supported for most Epson Stylus printers.  This is not tuned
     for a particular inkset at this time, so the results will not be
     of top quality yet.  This capability should be considered beta.

  5) Many new Epson Stylus printers are supported.  Please see the
     complete list of printers at the bottom of these release notes.

* Quality Improvements:

  1) A new dither algorithm, EvenTone, has been added.  This algorithm
     produces superior results for photographs and other
     continuous-tone images, but in its current form it may not be as
     well suited for solid color images and line art.  This algorithm
     should be considered beta.

* Exceptions and Workarounds:

  1) On Macintosh OS X, it is not possible to print directly from
     applications that generate PostScript, such as most Adobe
     applications.  This is because OS X does not include the
     "rastertops" filter required for CUPS to print PostScript files.
     The workaround is to generate a Print Preview, and to print from
     that (Print Preview generates a PDF, which OS X is able to

     This limitation is not specific to Gimp-Print.  Please check the
     Gimp-Print web site ( for
     updates and possible fixes.

  2) The Epson PM-950C (Japanese version of the Stylus Photo 950/960)
     does not use the additional dark yellow ink available on that

  3) Certain older Epson Stylus printers (the Stylus Color 3000 is
     known; some or all of the 600, 800, 850, and 1520 may also suffer
     this problem; the Stylus Photo 700 and EX do *not*) print much
     too dark at 1440x720 DPI.  This was reported too late in the
     cycle to fix for this release.  The best workaround is to print
     at 720 DPI, which will yield only a minor reduction in print

The following bugs have been fixed in Gimp-Print 4.2.2:

510185 Incomplete print to Windows-hosted printers
534059 print dialog - wrong and confusing label (.no translation)
554149 solaris x86 install error
565091 IJS driver fails on very large images
565092 Crash in stp_vasprintf on some systems
581446 Improper printing at very low resolution (Epson)
586960 Gimp Print plugin installs incorrectly on some systems
592093 IJS driver sets page size incorrectly in some non-US locales
594637 Lexmark Z52 driver crash
597964 Epson 660 wrong margins
598341 get_system_printers() problem with duplicate entries
599505 PS2 printing from GIMP broken with CUPS
600249 gimp-print output too narrow in CUPS

The following bugs are open against Gimp-Print 4.2.2:

538097 Poor quality printing on Canon s400
549677 Incorrect scaling on Canon BJC-1000
581168 BJC 250 just spits out pages
596538 Cutting on Epson Stylus Photo 925 does not work
599029 Fast printing not supported on Epson 950, 960
602933 Poor quality on Canon S800
603702 HP LaserJet 5L print is too light

Robert Krawitz                                     <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>      

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