Gimp-Print 4.3.20, released September 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.
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
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 4.3.20 contains the following major changes over Gimp-Print
1) This release offers major improvements in color fidelity,
particularly for Epson printers. In particularly, some transition
artifacts have been eliminated, the color gamut is improved, and
cyan, magenta, red, and green colors are notably better. There is
also considerably better (although not perfect) matching between
different Epson printers.
The HSL-Adjusted color correction mode has been eliminated; its
functionality has been completely subsumed under High Accuracy.
Previously, the HSL-Adjusted color correction mode simply performed
part of the correction in order to offer more gamut.
The Bright Colors mode now offers considerably more accurate colors
and tonality than previously, while still offering maximum color
saturation for brilliant colors.
If you have created profiles for use with Gimp-Print, you will need
to create new ones. It is currently anticipated that the current
color correction will be more stable, with fewer changes, but we
can't guarantee that there will not be further improvements. In
particular, it is possible that the High Accuracy mode is too
saturated (overly vivid colors) on some printers.
Other printer families have not been tuned and are using generic
curves copied from the Epson driver. It is likely that these
printers will show improvements in color, but optimum color
fidelity must await tuning of these printers.
2) Support for the Olympus P-400 and P-300 printers, and the Canon
CP-100, CP-200, and CP-300 printers has been added. In addition,
certain restrictions on image size have been lifted, enabling
printing of images smaller than 4"x6".
3) Ink drop sizes and densities have been recalibrated on many Epson
printers, particularly the 4 picolitre drop size printers and the
printers using DuraBrite ink (C80 and C82). There proved to be
significant errors in the drop sizes, making resolutions less than
2880x720 produce inferior results. In addition, many printers had
incorrect density calibration at certain resolutions, generally
producing output that is too light.
4) cups-genppdupdate will correctly update PPD files from Gimp-Print
5) Minor problems with the man pages have been fixed.
6) Matte Paper Heavyweight has been added to the list of supported
papers on Epson printers.
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