Gimp-Print 4.3.22, released November 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
distributions. We strongly recommend using CUPS with Gimp-Print as a
general-purpose printing solution.
We do not currently recommend using Foomatic, as the Foomatic data
generator included with Gimp-Print offers very limited capabilities.
This will be fixed in a future release. 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 advantage of.
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 4.3.22 contains the following major changes over Gimp-Print
1) This release offers further improvements in quality for most Epson
printers. All printers have been retuned, with particular
improvements in the transitions between light and dark inks and
between composite CMY and black. In addition, green and blue hues
have been improved significantly, and consistency across papers and
between printers has been improved.
2) There have likely been some improvements in quality for other color
inkjet printers (Canon, Lexmark, and HP) due to the parameters for
Epson printers being copied into these drivers, but this is
3) Even Tone dithering has been improved somewhat. The transition
between different drop sizes is now computed with the Even Tone
algorithm, yielding better quality, and the error diffusion in this
algorithm has also been improved, yielding better smoothness.
4) The parameters for the Epson Stylus C43 and C44 printers have been
corrected, so these printers now print correctly.
5) Startup time (both for Gimp-Print programs as a whole and for
individual pages) has been improved somewhat due to the XML files
describing various components being loaded only when necessary.
Some of the XML files are quite large, and loading them at startup
is fairly time consuming (on the order of a second typically). In
addition, this will reduce problems in the future due to
dependencies between the XML files now being resolved explicitly.
6) The Sony UP-DP10 lamination feature has been fixed.
7) Borderless capability for Olympus and Sony printers has been added.
8) Additional paper sizes for Olympus and Sony printers have been
9) A bug in the CUPS driver whereby a thin black line was sometimes
printed at the very top of the page has been fixed.
10) The CUPS PPD files are not built if the CUPS driver is not built,
unless --with-cups-ppds is supplied (previously --without-cups did
not disable building the PPD files).
11) The test pattern generator has been substantially rewritten, with
many syntactic and functional improvements. In particular, it can
now generate 8 and 16 bit inputs in both RGB and CMYK, and it is no
longer limited to 7 channels. It can also accept multiple input
patterns in one file.
12) The Fujifilm CX-400 is now supported.
13) The Epson Stylus CX-6300, CX-6400, CX-8300, and CX-8400 are now
14) The color code has been partially rewritten, and now permits
16-bit RGB and grayscale inputs in addition to the CMYK inputs.
The 16-bit RGB and gray/whitescale inputs are corrected by the
driver, unlike the 16-bit CMYK input, which is raw.
15) The Epson Stylus Color 440, 640, 660, and 670 now position the
paper correctly horizontally.
16) The head configurations for the Epson Stylus Color 400, 500, 600,
800, and 1520 have been adjusted.
17) The paper positioning controls in the GIMP plugin have been
rearranged slightly for better consistency.
18) The GIMP plugin now allows aligning an image to a fixed grid, with
grid lines spaced according to the percentage of page size. To
move the image along this grid, use control-middle button.
19) Microweave is now a separate control for Epson Stylus printers
that support it. This simplifies the resolution lists for some
printers, particularly the Stylus Pro printers.
20) The compiler options for gcc have been changed to permit inlining
larger procedures. This improves dither performance somewhat.
21) Horizontal image positioning on the Epson Stylus 640 and similar
printers has been fixed (bug 819581).
22) All remaining vestiges of gimpprint-config have been removed.
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