Hi Joao,

I very much appreciate your measured response to my rant! ;)

I installed the Gutenprint plugin and printing works exactly as I would
expect it to.  Your suggestion really saved the day for me and I
appreciate it greatly!

For the record, I find it absurd that Gimp has two parallel printing
systems.  The default system, although it can glean printer and
paper-size information from CUPS, is clearly broken and lacks features
necessary to print photographs and other media effectively (or, in many
cases, at all!).

Gutenprint has necessary features like auto-orientation, color
correction, ability to auto-size images, etc. but lacks integration with
CUPS.  It is necessary to use RAW mode or have the PPD available and
print PostScript to obtain decent results.  This is also non-ideal since
CUPS already has the PPD and you need to reference it again for
Gutenprint (sometimes this means having the PPD both on the local
machine and on the remote print server).

The fact that the Gimp engineers haven't integrated these two printing
systems is unacceptable -- they should be ashamed.  Gimp will never be
taken seriously until this printing nightmare is resolved.  I am a
software engineer myself, so it's not like I'm speaking simply from a
user point-of-view.



Joao S. O. Bueno wrote:
> On Friday 24 July 2009, Erik Lotspeich wrote:
>> Hi,
>> I have OpenSUSE 11.1 and Gimp 2.6.2.  I am having a serious problem with
>> printing that I cannot figure out.
>> For background, I've used Gimp since 1997 and I'm no novice to Gimp,
>> Linux, or Unix.
>> That being said, I found the printing in Gimp 2.2 to be near perfect.
>> It worked perfectly and had a feature to auto-fit the image to the
>> correct paper size.  Image rotation (landscape/portrait) was never an
>> issue.
> (...)
> Hi Erik - 
> those features are now maintained in the external "gutenprint" (formerly 
> "gimp-print" ) project;. Please search you r distro packages for gutenprint
> gimp related packages, and the printing plgu-in with the itnerface you are 
> used to (and the features you are needing) should become available.
>   js
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