Welcome to Gutenprint 5.0.0-rc2!  Please read these release notes

Gutenprint, formerly named 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, 10.3, and
10.4) and Linux systems that in many cases equal or exceed proprietary
vendor-supplied drivers in quality and functionality, and can be used
for demanding printing tasks requiring flexibility and high quality.
This software package includes the Print plug-in for the GIMP and
Ghostscript and CUPS drivers, as well as Foomatic data.

The package has been renamed in order to clearly distinguish it from
the GIMP.  While this package started out as the Print plugin for the
GIMP, it has expanded into a collection of general purpose printer
drivers, and the Print plugin for the GIMP is now only a small (but
important) piece of the package.  Furthermore, the name Gutenprint
recognizes Johannes Gutenberg, the inventor of the movable type
printing press.  Finally, the word "guten" means "good" in German.

Gutenprint 5.0.0-rc2 is the second release candidate of Gutenprint
5.0, and incorporates extensive feedback from the first release
candidate.  It is based on the Gimp-Print 4.3 series that has been in
development for over three years, and includes many improvements over
the very popular 4.2 series.  This release is believed to be quite
stable, but further testing is required before final release.  We
believe this release to be stable enough for day to day use, and
encourage people to test it and report their results.

Gutenprint currently contains over 200 drivers supporting in excess of
700 printer models.

The CUPS driver requires CUPS 1.1.15 or higher.  If you wish to build
this from source, you may need to install a package named "cups-devel"
or something similar.  Please the rest of the release notes, in
particular the Exceptions and Workarounds, for full details on
installation, as there is important information to be aware of.  CUPS
is the printing system used on Macintosh OS X 10.2 and above, and many
other systems use it.  The combination of CUPS and Gutenprint provides
a flexible, general purpose printing system capable of producing the
highest quality output with any of the printers supported by this
package.  We strongly recommend using CUPS with Gutenprint as a
general-purpose printing solution.

The Print plug-in for the GIMP requires either the GIMP 2.0 or above,
or 1.2.3 or above on the 1.2 line (1.2.5 is recommended), or the GIMP
2.0 or above.  You may need to install packages named "gimp-devel",
"gtk-devel", and "glib-devel" (or similar equivalents) on many
systems.  For GIMP 2.0, you may need to install "gimp2-devel",
"gtk2-devel", "glib2-devel", and possibly other packages as well.
This plug-in will work with any printing system, and offers a
comprehensive user interface to control all aspects of the printing

The Ghostscript driver requires GNU Ghostscript 6.53 or higher, ESP
Ghostscript 7.05 or higher, or AFPL Ghostscript 7.04 or higher.  It
uses the IJS package included with these versions of Ghostscript to
create a driver that may be built much more easily than traditional
Ghostscript drivers.  The options for this driver are very complex,
and it is normally used with the Foomatic driver integration system.

Users of Macintosh OS X 10.2 (Jaguar), 10.3 (Panther), and 10.4
(Tiger) can use this package, as the printing system is based on CUPS.
For ease of installation, a pre-built package with installer is
normally supplied a few days after the release of the source package.
We strongly recommend that OS X users use the pre-built package rather
than attempt to build it themselves.

NOTE: This package will not work with any version of OS X 10.0 and
10.1 (such as 10.1.5), as those systems do not use CUPS as their
printing system.  This is NOT going to be fixed; you must upgrade to
at least OS X 10.2 in order to use this package.  The reason why is
that OS X 10.2 and above use CUPS as the basis of the printing system.
OS X 10.0 and 10.1 use a different system that would require a
separate driver, and we do not plan to write that driver.

The README file included with this package provides full instructions
for building and installing Gutenprint.
* Major changes between Gutenprint 5.0.0 release candidate 1 and
  Gutenprint 5.0.0 release candidate 2:

  1) The Postscript driver now produces more accurate colors.
     Previous releases produced overly pale colors with the default

  2) The Postscript driver now accepts red, green, and blue rather
     than cyan, magenta, and yellow options in the GIMP plugin.

  3) The Postscript driver now prints correctly regardless of image
     size.  Previously it corrupted the output if the width of the
     image was not a multiple of 4 pixels.

  4) The driver package now permits specifying all options regardless
     of the setting of the Image Type and Quality options (previously
     it disabled a lot of settings if Quality and/or Image Type were
     not set to Manual Control).  The behavior is now that Quality and
     Image Type provide defaults that may be overridden by the user.
     For example, if the resolution is provided explicitly, it will
     override the resolution implied by the Quality setting.

     Related to this, the CUPS driver now handles Quality properly.

  5) A description of all options supported by Gutenprint has been
     added, in doc/gutenprint-options.

  6) cups-genppdupdate now preserves the ownership and permissions of
     the PPD files being updated, rather than forcibly setting the
     owner to root and the permissions to root read/write and everyone
     else read-only access.

  7) The GIMP plugin now loads the printrc file correctly in all
     locales.  Previously it did not load floating point numbers
     correctly in locales that don't use the `.' character as the
     decimal point.

  8) The GIMP plugin now offers improved choices in the color
     adjustment window for viewing individual channels of the output.
     It now offers red/green/blue, cyan/magenta/yellow, or
     cyan/magenta/yellow/black as appropriate.

  9) The GIMP plugin is now considerably more responsive; many
     unnecessary screen redraws have been removed.  In addition, a
     display glitch wherein horizontal lines were sometimes drawn
     through certain widgets has been fixed.

  10) The Epson printer utility escputil now reports ink information
     more consistently across a wider range of printers.  In
     particular, the extended ink information command (escputil -e)
     should now work correctly on all models from the Stylus Color 740
     through the present.

  11) Preliminary support for the Epson Stylus C68, C87, C88, CX3700,
     CX3800, CX3805, CX3810, CX4100, CX4200, CX4500, CX4700, CX4800,
     CX5700, CX5800, CX7700, CX7800, D68, D88, DX3800, DX3850, DX4200,
     DX4250, DX4800, PX-A650, and Stylus Photo R220, R320, and R340.
     These printers are expected to be fully functional (for the
     multi-function devices, this package supports only the printer
     function -- it does not support scanning or fax).

  12) Preliminary support for the Epson Stylus Photo R2400/PX-5500.
     This printer has been partially tuned, but there will likely be
     further changes to this driver.

  13) Support for the Epson PictureMate/E-100.

  14) Preliminary support for the Epson Stylus Photo RX700/PM-A900.
     This printer has been partially tuned, but there will likely be
     further changes to this driver.

  15) Initial support for Canon S200, SELPHY CP-510 and SELPHY CP-710;
     Sony UP-DR150, and Olympus P-11 has been added.

  16) The Canon PIXMA iP4000 printers can now print to cds.  Duplex
     printing with binding on the short side is now supported, too.

  17) The Epson Stylus Photo R200 and related printers have been
     retuned to give improved detail in the shadows, reduced ink
     usage, more accurate grayscale, and more accurate colors.
     Affected printers are presently the R200, R210, R220, R300, R310,
     R320, R340, RX400, RX420, RX425, RX430, RX500, RX510, RX600,
     RX620, RX630, PM-D750, PM-D770, PM-G700, and PM-G720.

     Any profiles generated against these printers will have to be

  18) The Epson Stylus Photo R800 and R1800 have been retuned to give
     improved detail in the shadows, reduced ink usage, more accurate
     grayscale, and more accurate colors.

     Any profiles generated against these printers will have to be

  19) New "transposed" resolutions (1440x720 and 2880x1440) have been
     added for some Epson printers.  These resolutions are actually
     equivalent to 720x1440 and 1440x2880 DPI respectively.  In some
     cases these may yield better results (specifically, less
     microbanding) than the normal 1440x720 and 2880x1440 DPI

  20) Quadtone printing now works correctly regardless of whether
     color or grayscale mode is selected.

The following bugs have been fixed in Gutenprint 5.0.0-rc2:

1389788 Poor discoverability of advanced options
1389787 CUPS driver does not set Quality correctly
1389785 cups-genppdupdate sets PPD file owners incorrectly
1388615 escputil with Epson CX3700
1304710 Postscript driver corrupts output if width not multiple of 4
1251978 PPD for Stylus Color 600

Robert Krawitz                                     <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>

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