Gimp-Print 4.2.4, released November 25, 2002, is a stable release in
the Gimp-Print 4.2 series.
Gimp-Print is a suite of printer drivers that may be used with most
common UNIX print spooling systems, including CUPS, lpr, LPRng, or
others. These drivers provide high quality printing for UNIX
(including Macintosh OS X 10.2 and newer) and Linux systems in many
cases equal to or better than proprietary vendor-supplied drivers, and
can be used for many of the most demanding printing tasks.
This software includes the Print plug-in for the Gimp, and GhostScript
and CUPS drivers, including Foomatic data.
The Print plug-in for the 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
Users of Macintosh OS X 10.2 and above can use this package, as the
printing system is based on CUPS, which is supported by Gimp-print.
Note that Macintosh OS X 10.0 and 10.1 (including 10.1.5) cannot use
this package. We recommend that Macintosh OS X users download the
precompiled installer package from
http://gimp-print.sourceforge.net/MacOSX.php3 rather than attempt to
build this package from source, as using the installer is much
simpler. We further recommend that Macintosh OS X users install ESP
GhostScript, to permit printing from Carbon 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 for full instructions on installing this
Gimp-Print 4.2.4 contains the following major changes over Gimp-Print
* Major Bugs Fixed:
1) (bugs 603702 and 619537) All PCL laser printers (including HP
LaserJet and many other printer lines) printed too light (black
came out as medium gray).
2) (bugs 631993 and 633910) Various problems with the PPD files
used by the native CUPS driver worked incorrectly with many
applications, leading to failures to print, failures to recognize
certain page sizes, and custom page sizes not working correctly
have been fixed. To fix these problems, you must reinstall all
of your printer queues using Gimp-Print PPD files. To do this,
you must delete and re-create the printer queue (merely modifying
or configuring the queue will not solve the problem).
Please see the release notes for 4.2.3 (below) for instructions
on using custom page sizes.
3) (bug 628698) Lexmark printers produced severely distorted colors
in some cases.
4) (bug 631498) Canon large-format printers did not support A3 paper
size; these printers are now capable of printing on that size
5) (no bug number) PCL laser printers now have correct margins on
6) (bug 630365) The Epson Stylus Photo 950 now prints correctly in
1440x1440 and 2880x720 DPI modes. This is not significant new
functionality; these modes are actually printed at 2880x1440,
which did not have htis problem.
7) (no bug number, but related to 628698) 6-color HP printers should
now print correctly using all 6 colors.
8) (no bug number) The dimensions for 22x30 watercolor paper were
* New Functionality:
1) The following HP DesignJet large-format plotters are now
supported: DesignJet 230, 250, 430, 450, 455, 488, 700, 2500, and
3500. Other DesignJet printers may work with one of these
2) The following Epson multi-function devices are now supported as
printers: Stylus 3200CX and 5200CX. This project does not
support scanners, so we cannot offer any advice on the scanner
component of these units.
3) The Epson MJ-930C is now supported.
4) Various manual pages have been added or updated. See
gimpprint(3), ijsgimpprint(1), escputil(1), and cups-calibrate(8)
for more information.
5) Transverse versions of the US CAD standard paper sizes (ArchA,
ArchB, ArchC, ArchD, and ArchE) have been added. This permits
printing e. g. ArchD size (24x36) plots on ArchE (36 inch wide)
* Exceptions and Workarounds:
1) The new HP DesignJets have not been fully tuned. In particular,
there are reports that they print too light. This can be
corrected with the Density adjustment (try 1.5~1.7 or
2) The version of libtool used to build this package, 1.4.2, does
not create shared libraries correctly on some platforms (in
particular, MIPS and MIPSEL). The workaround is to either build
static libraries only (configure --disable-shared), or to
regenerate the libtool with libtool 1.4.3. We expect this to be
fixed in a future release.
3) The Epson Stylus 2200 has not been tuned in 7-color mode, and
reports are that quality is subpar in this mode. We recommend
using 6-color mode until this is tuned, which we hope to be in
the near future.
4) There are longstanding reports of problems printing with certain
USB-parallel and USB-serial adapters on Macintosh OS X. In
particular, many users have reported problems with the Keyspan
adapter; we recommend that users having problems try different
brands of adapters, and avoid using USB hubs. Please check our
web site (http://gimp-print.sourceforge.net) for updates.
5) The list of compatible and potentially compatible Hewlett-Packard
printers has been updated with the latest available information.
If a particular printer does not work with the recommended
driver, we recommend that you try other similar drivers, check
the Feature Requests at
and if the printer is not listed please file a feature request
(via the Submit New button).
The following bugs have been fixed in Gimp-Print 4.2.4:
603702 QUALITY-HP LaserJet 5L print is too light
619537 QUALITY - Poor quality w/ Lexmark OprtaE+ and pcl-4
628698 Lexmark color reversal
630365 Epson Stylus Photo 950: Enlarged image with some 1440/2800
631498 Canon driver does not support A3 page size for large format
631936 HP DesignJet Margin Problems
631993 Macintosh OS X: Custom page size problems w/some apps
633910 Epson 1520 ppd bug gimp-print 4.2.3
The following bugs are currently open:
409612 Minor positioning prob on 4x6 glossy
538097 QUALITY-Poor quality printing on Canon s400
549677 Incorrect scaling on Canon BJC-1000
557868 QUALITY-Washed out color under Gimp on HP560c
581168 Canon BJC 250 just spits out pages
601767 Mac OS X: Canon BJC 2100 does not print multiple pages
602933 QUALITY-Poor quality on Canon S800
613054 Mac OS X: Printing from InDesign 2.0 on OS 10.2.1
614882 QUALITY - Problems with CANON BJC-55 - Gimp-Print
619299 QUALITY - brightness adjustment problem
621668 Epson Stylus full bleed prints have slight margin
625780 Epson Stylus Pro 5000 does not print
627266 Epson Stylus Pro Autoselect paper feed broken
627978 QUALITY: Canon BJC-6500 has magenta cast.
631937 HP DesignJet Sheet Cutter Problem
639356 Build system: The version of libtool is too old
641992 HP DesignJet 455CA printing rotated 90
641981 HP DesignJet 455 too light
641628 QUALITY: Epson Stylus 2200 print quality is low in 7-color
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