Gimp-Print 4.3.15, released June 1, 2003, is a development release of
this package. Like all development releases, this version is
considered unstable and should only be used by those individuals
tolerant of the likelihood of problems. Individuals desiring a stable
release of Gimp-Print should use the latest 4.2 release.
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.
This package requires libxml2 2.5 or above. You may need to install a
package named "libxml2-devel" or the like on many distributions.
The Print plugin for the Gimp requires the Gimp 1.2 (later versions of
the Gimp are not supported). You may need to install a package named
"gimp-devel" or the like on many distributions.
The CUPS driver requires CUPS 1.1.15 or higher. You may need to
install a package named "cups-devel" or the like on many
The Foomatic data will work with either Foomatic 2.x or 3.x. Foomatic
3.x has additional capabilities that this package detects and takes
The IJS-based GhostScript plugin driver requires GNU Ghostscript 6.53
or later, ESP Ghostscript 7.05 or later, or APFL GhostScript 7.04 or
later. It also requires that glib 1.2 be installed. You may need to
install a package named "glib-devel" or the like on many distributions.
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
Please read the README file for full instructions on installing this
Gimp-Print 4.3.15 contains the following major changes over Gimp-Print
1) The code for handling ink shades and drop sizes has been
extensively overhauled; results should be much more consistent. In
particular, the same balance between ink shades is now used at all
resolutions for a given printer, and the driver always tries to use
the smallest ink drop size it usefully can. The result is that
colors should be much more uniform across different resolutions
with the same printer (particularly with variable drop size
printers), and output should be smoother. It is likely (although
this has not been verified) that printing is faster, too.
There may still be some issues; please report any problems.
Internally, this is implemented by means of a new "channel"
architecture, which is responsible for conversions of this type.
2) A long-standing build problem whereby the package will not build on
systems that already have Gimp-Print 4.2 or earlier versions of
Gimp-Print 4.3 installed has been fixed.
3) The existing Line Art image optimization has been renamed to
Uncorrected, which is a better description of its effect. There is
a new Threshold mode, which simply computes a threshold value
(either on or off for each color).
4) The default image optimization mode is now Photographs (which has
the best color correction) rather than the old Line Art (which as
noted above is now called Uncorrected).
5) An experimental driver for the Olympus P-300 has been added. This
driver has significant limitations; the size of an image much
closely match the size of a print from this printer.
6) The Fast and Very Fast dither algorithms are significantly
different from before. The Fast dither algorithm now uses the same
dither pattern previously used by the Very Fast algorithm, and the
Very Fast algorithm only uses the largest drop size. The Ordered
algorithm should now run as fast as the Fast algorithm did before.
7) This package now uses gettext 0.11 internally.
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