Gutenprint is the new name for the Gimp-Print project.
The latest Apple driver update for HP printers actually broke printing to my HP LJ 6MP. The Gutenprint driver saved the day!
If it wasn't for Gutenprint my old HP printer would have been long sold (due to very bad driver support from HP concerning the mac platform).If you look at companies not updating drivers and people throwing their printers in the trash it's all an insane waste of resources. Gutenprint helps to not follow this insanity.
hello,I download gutenprint 5.2.7 but I don't know how to get it in Gimp, I still have 5.2.5I'm on MAC OS X 10.6.8Can you please tell me how to do.Philippe
Remember that though these are excellent drivers... your printer's proprietary/vendor ICC profiles will likely not be completely accurate. So for professional work you will probably need to have custom ICC profiles created for your specific printer.
Gutenprint does mention this in their manual in the "Color Correction" section...
"Profiles provided by the printer vendor are calibrated for the vendor's driver, which may not be identical to Gutenprint's calibration."
Just a 'heads-up' in case your prints do not look exactly like your monitor. It is probably not your monitor calibration or printer... just your ICC profiles.
Thanks for the drivers Gutenprint!
Why is 5.2.5 being highlighted again? Something must be wrong with the update feed. The newest binary version is 5.2.6-pre1, and the newest source version is 5.2.6. There is no binary of 5.2.6 for OS X yet.
Superb! Superb! Superb!
Remember to download and use the "Gutenprint Utility for EPSON Inkjet Printers" which makes it possible to clean, align, etc. the printer heads via the Terminal and simply typing in one letter for any process (i.e. extremely simple... so don't let the idea of using the Terminal put you off).
And... check out "Ink Level" which is a small utility that allows you to check your ink levels.
Obviously... when said to use the "Gutenprint Utility for EPSON Inkjet Printers" I really meant to use the downloaded Utility for your Inkjet Printer. I had copy/pasted and forgotten to change 'Epson' to 'your' printer.
I can't seem to find a link to the Gutenprint Utility anywhere -- not at the Gutenprint web site, on MacUpdate or via Google. I need to clean my Epson print head but can't find a way to do it!
As you can see... http://gimp-print.sourceforge.net/MacOSX.php
the printer utility has been part of the Epson download for years.
ESCPUTIL (i.e. printer utility)
""escputil" is a command line utility for administering Epson
inkjet printers. It performs head alignment, retrieval of ink
levels and status information, printing of test patterns, etc. It
is built and installed by default; if you don't want it, you may
use --without-escputil when configuring."
Actually you will probably find that it is necessary to get "InkLevel" also since I at least have never been able to get the ink level feature to work.
Make sure your printer is supported (if it is an Epson it probably is) then make certain that the Terminal application is active BEFORE you click on the "Gutenprint Utility for EPSON Inkjet Printers" shell script. Then in the Terminal window it will tell you what single character to click on for each feature.
It is incredibly simple after you have done it even one time.
This software is great. THANK YOU! Now I don't have to buy a new printer. (Just because the manufacturer (HP) is to lazy to supply new drivers and wants customers to throw away printers after 2 years.
Hurrah For these DRIVERS !!!
...I still own/use a very reliable Epson Printer I bought brand new in 1997. I grew SOOOOO dag gone sick and tired of having to finagle and coerce the system drivers to work each and every time I updated to the newest version of OSX 10.5 (10.5.7 this time around). In these tough economic times (in case anyone has forgotten), WHY in tarnation should I have to run out and buy a new printer when mine works perfectly fine if/when/ever the system drivers will operate correctly.
Out of sheer frustration, I came SOOOOO close today to scrapping my whole updated system in favor of reverting to my OSX 10.5.6 (of which I had absolutely no issues printing at all once I spent a few days finagling and coercing it to work from the previous update) system backup because this time around I just could not get them to work in OSX 10.5.7. Then "whola !" I discovered these drivers upon which I happily got rid of those old pieces of junk and feel quite certain that I will never have to revisit this nonsense ever again. ***Whew*** !!! :)
I have to say, printing has gotten MUCH faster on my Epson R200 with the last few Gutenprint updates. It used to take FOREVER to print a single page on "Standard" quality. Now it only takes a few seconds!
Plus it has drivers for my old HP LaserJet too!
Only thing that annoys me is the "Common Settings 1, Common Settings 2, Extra Settings 3" or whatever, as it's difficult to find a specific setting hidden in all of the generic-named menus.
Good update for Epson.
But since apple use GP and Cups to print, my old HP does not work correctly.
I use instead a generic postscript driver.
Well, that shouldn't be so; however, over the years I've found Gutenprint PPDs often didn't work on my HP Deskjet 5550. First I update the X11 that Apple provided, then I install a current GhostScript, Foomatic, set of PPDs, & a back-end (which I see is no longer necessary). If the GutenPrint PPDs don't work, there's always HPIJS (home of Foomatic and older HP drivers pawned off onto volunteers), plxmono & plxcolor (for LaserJets, I believe), Brother CUPS drivers (for Brother & Xerox), & SpliX CUPS drivers for Samsung printers. These are nicely compatible with the driver provided on optical media or by download. I've found the HPIJS drivers work well with HP. Head adjustment & such is automatic when new paper is inserted. Debian's GNU/Linux has a toolbox that actually works in its menu that corresponds to 'system preferences'.
Each PPD allows you to adjust different gizmos on your printer. Some support ColorSync, some don't. If not, hue adjustments & such allow professionals to create their own settings for custom inks & papers.
I like to keep about 800 PPDs on a portable (or pgm for making one, for using whatever printer lives where I'm currently working), and I create a virtual printer for the best PPD & settings for different kinds of prints. (I may have six virtual printers for one physical one.) I then just change paper and print to the right printer.
In the past, I've gone to www.sourceforge.net to check for the latest GhostScript & other programs, and read the bug reports there. 'The Linux Foundation' gives good instructions.
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