Gutenprint
Gutenprint
5.3.3

4.1

Gutenprint free download for Mac

Gutenprint

29 August 2019

Quality drivers for most major inkjet printers.

Overview

Gutenprint is a suite of printer drivers that may be used with most common UNIX print spooling systems, including CUPS, lpr, LPRng, or others. Gutenprint currently supports over 2000 printer models. These drivers provide high quality printing for UNIX, Linux, and Macintosh OS X (10.6 and above) systems. Gutenprint includes CUPS and Foomatic drivers, and an enhanced Print plug-in for GIMP that replaces the print plug-in packaged with the GIMP distribution.

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Version 5.3.3:
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57 Reviews of Gutenprint

2.5
Joseluismen
04 March 2017
Version: 5.2.11

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Last version is 5.2.12 from 19/01/2017
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2.5
Joseluismen
04 March 2017
Version: 5.2.11
Last version is 5.2.12 from 19/01/2017
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RTouris
25 July 2016
Version: 5.2.11-pre1
5.2.11 final (post-pre2) has been available since 2016-01-23
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Dave112
24 July 2015
Version: 5.2.11-pre1
Installer seems to be broken in latest El Capitan Beta.
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Virtualruffy
01 July 2015
Version: 5.2.11-pre1
It does the job -and still gluten free!
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5
11Kerben
30 June 2015
Version: 5.2.11-pre1
Great project to use printers longer than apple or printer-companies support their modells.
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4
VRH
15 August 2012
Version: 5.2.9
The latest Apple driver update for HP printers actually broke printing to my HP LJ 6MP. The Gutenprint driver saved the day!
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5
Monkeyjunkey
15 June 2012
Version: 5.2.8
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.
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4.5
Tarcis
29 December 2011
Version: 5.2.7
hello, I download gutenprint 5.2.7 but I don't know how to get it in Gimp, I still have 5.2.5 I'm on MAC OS X 10.6.8 Can you please tell me how to do. Philippe
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Ronl
11 August 2010
Version: 5.2.5
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!
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SickTeddyBear
11 August 2010
Version: 5.2.5
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.
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5
Ronl
15 February 2010
Version: 5.2.5
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.
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thekidfromtheredbank
02 September 2009
Version: 5.2.4
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.
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5
Gpatpandp
18 July 2009
Version: 5.2.4rc1
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*** !!! :)
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5
Threedee912
23 December 2008
Version: 5.2.3
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.
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Capitan
19 November 2008
Version: 5.2.2
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.
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5
Mannyam
19 November 2008
Version: 5.2.2
I have an Epson RX-580 and I lost the driver CD, so for me to print directly onto a CD, I had to search forever for the drivers, with this I am able to print from the print dialog without the need for extra software and it has many extra features that arent available in the stand Epson drivers. Works great!
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Smactron
28 December 2007
Version: 5.1.4
This release doesn't seem to have the Brother HL-2040 even though it has CUPS 1.1. What gives?
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5
Ronl
13 December 2007
Version: 5.1.4
This made it possible for me to continue using an older Epson printer (which still prints excellently and which I had recently bought cartridges). Thank you! Also their forums are extremely helpful. And to think these are free!
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Ayman
02 July 2007
Version: 5.1.3
Tried everything to make my Epson CX4700 with out any luck. After installing GutenPrint; Worked like a charm. WOW
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Chris-jerome2110
07 June 2007
Version: 5.1.2
These Printer, and Also Scanner Vendors too, are notorious for releasing broken, or crappy drivers for their printers on the Mac Platform even while the System 7/OS 9 era, Now, it's either: • Non-intel or universal binary drivers • Printers and/or Scanners with no ColorSync/ICC Profile support. • Scanners with no TWAIN/Apple Image Capture support. These comanies really need to get with the Times. Hurray for good old open source!! Open source to the rescue again! The biggest offenders are Canon, and EPSON!!!, Don't know about HP nowadays. I'm so Glad I bought a Brother Color Laser Printer a few month's back, and since I've never looked back. The Color is exellent, and so is the Print Quality too. No drivers, or any other incompatible nonsense to worry about, just a good old text based PPD File, Compatible ANYWHERE!!!.
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Timbo13
01 August 2006
Version: 5.0
haha, typical. Great to see a intel compatible version of this. Just a little too late for me though. We have a hp laserjet 1010 and have been unable to print to it from our MBP's. We are receiving a new HP laser which is compatible with Mac OS X today. The same day the intel compatible version of these drivers are released which work with our old, no obsolete hp laser... Isn't life ironic. sigh.
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Garyi
31 July 2006
Version: 5.0
seriously though with the cheap prices of printers today and the exceptional quality, why waste your time trying to get really old kit to work?
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2.25
Olipower
09 March 2006
Version: 5.0rc2
I tried this for my Epson 1290 stylus photo, for which Epson only offers a broken 2 year old driver. However, Gutenprint was SO SLOW. Printing 5 lines of text in a white shadowed box took it literally 15 minutes. The sound from the printer indicated that the printer had smoked a joint too many. Zzzz Zzzz Zzzz (I know printers don't smoke weed, but it was as slow as the slowest max cannabis smoking dopehead)... And then the printer dialog settings for Gutenprint: Something more un-useability one has to look for for a looong time. Instead of meaningful labels for the sub dropdown menu items, it simple said: Special features 1 Special features 2 Special features 3 Special features 4 etc etc So setting up the color etc was a real no go.
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T.Ploetz
17 November 2005
Version: 5.0rc1
I tried to get my EPSON DX 3850 running under Mac OS X 10.4.2 but it failed. Searched the whole internet (well, almost) and the only thing I found was a release note of gutenprint 5.0 rc 2 which should include support for my printer. But, where do I get the rc 2? All I can download is the rc 1 which, apparently, does not support the DX 3850. Anybody else having this problem? Is there a work around, e.g. use an alternative but similar printer driver. Any suggestions urgently welcome!
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4.75
Anonymous
16 October 2005
Version: 5.0rc1
GutenPrint 5.0 rc 1 produces text output on Epson C84, HP DJ5550, and HP PSC1350 which is as good or superior to that produced by the drivers provided by the vendors. The smaller the font, the better the output compares. Testing included text from Safari, TextEdit, Pages, MS Word, Graphic Converter, Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, Adobe Acrobat, Adobe Reader, Preview, and, via Classic and Apple's LW8 driver in Classic, Word Perfect 3.5e and QuarkXpress 5.0. Font sizes which are unreadable using the vendor drivers show clearly using GutenPrint. Fonts tested include Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, Times New Roman, Palatino, Optima, Tahoma, Tekton, and Belwe. Font sizes tested went down to 3 point. (Geneva 3-point is hard to read without a magnifying glass; with a magnifying glass, vendor driver output is difficult to make out. GutenPrint output is clear.) GutenPrint produced far superior graphics output to that of graphics output produced by vendor drivers, with the exception of graphics printed from MS Word, where the results were the outputs were identically poor, suggesting that the problem lies with MS Word. Colour and grayscale output from Graphic Converter, Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, MS Word, Acrobat, and Preview, using .DOC, .GIF, .TIF, .PNG, .PDF, and .JPG formats (not all applications could use all formats) was tested. All test files had text, all had hairlines, all (except the .GIF) had gradients, all had photorealistic and hand-drawn elements. (I combined several pictures from Google's Test Picture site.) The pictures were converted to various formats using Graphic Converter, except the .DOC, which was a .JPG imported to Word using MS's picture import feature. GutenPrint is now faster than GIMP-Print had been. The lowest-quality GP output is as good as standard-quality Epson and HP output and is delivered faster. Standard quality GP is between standard and high quality HP and Epson output. It is delivered slower than standard quality vendor driver output, but faster than high quality. High quality GP output is very slow, much slower than high-quality vendor output. It is also superior to high-quality vendor output. You can tweak GP printing further by going to and changing settings. If you don't know what you're doing you may get unexpected results. In short, GutenPrint is at least very good if you print mostly text, and is vastly superior if you print graphics.
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garbage
19 January 2005
Version: 5.0.0b2
My Epson C60 is alredy supported by MacOS 10.3.7 but I installed this to see if their were any worthwhile improvement. I got printing problems & had to remove it. The whole subject of printing services on unix like OS's (Linux, BSD including MacOS) is enough to give you Migraines for a year!!! It's better to stick with the gimp-print supplied by Apple unless you have no other choice.
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4.75
Anonymous
25 October 2004
Version: 5.0.0b2
Works pretty well, good job.
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4.75
garbage
28 August 2004
Version: 5.0.0b2
I was nervous about installing this but found it to be worthwhile installing even if your printer is already recognised. Better/ more features than the default Apple Cups drivers.
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4.75
Anonymous
27 August 2004
Version: 5.0.0b2
I was greatly impresses with ease of the install along with the additional tools it has provided me for all the printers I have hooked it up to. I would suggest this to anybody even if your current drivers work you may find even more capabilities after you in stall this version... Way to go guys! Panther 10.3.5 on an Ibook 800 w/640mb.
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5
metajoe
08 July 2004
Version: 5.0.0b1
I can't recommend this enough..I was not consistently able to access Printer Features of my Epson 750 Photo Stylus with Epson's driver, or with the one supplied by the Panther installation. I downloaded Gimp Print 4.2.6, and in less than 10 minutes, had those printer features back, as well as accurate color! If you've had issues with not being able to select "Ink Type" and "Dither Algorithm," et al, you know what kind of dismal color output you can get from an otherwise fine Epson inkjet. Many thanks to the developers of Gimp Print!
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3.75
Anonymous
13 May 2004
Version: 5.0.0a3
same as robert all I get is the souce code.. and it doesn't build anyway it just was for trying.. at the moment even if I read other comments if you really need a perfect print (I'm using a epson 1270) the original drivers are much better... I rest in the hope the team project will in the future realise a really powerful driver 'cose they'r making a great work it just need to be finalized for real photo exploitation.. (sorry for my broken english)
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Cookie08
20 April 2004
Version: 5.0.0a2
Really puzzled at the comments that os9 prints better photo than osx I and many others pro photographers find the opposite is true. I get almost perfect colour match screen to print from osx and my HP 1220c and an epsom c60 and other printers you have to make sure to use the sRGB IEC61966-2.1 as the print output in photoshop ore any other colour output program. Inkjet printers as profiled for this colour space. Setting up the screen profile to sRGB and then calibrate colorsync and all should work out great. The paper you use will also affect the result a lot.
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4.5
Anonymous
01 March 2004
Version: 5.0.0a1
gimp-print works pretty well. I too own a 740 and the official OS X driver works better, except the big margin. Pictures are darker with gimp-print. gimp-print works better with other models. That's it we must try between OS X driver and gimp-print.
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Anonymous
18 February 2004
Version: 5.0.0a1
Excellent software. I tried many other things to get my Epson 740 to print over ethernet, but with little luck. Thank you ! NV
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Anonymous
08 February 2004
Version: 5.0.0a1
OS X is a great step forward except for printing, it is the worst. This project is great, it does Apple, Epson, HP, Canon, Lexmark's job. But it can't match a driver in OS 9. That's sad we nedd to use Classic to print a decent picture because it is impossible in OS X. Gimp print is good for black and white prints, tha's all. The Mac was the best choice for a photographer, it's sad that's history.
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4.25
Jayroyal
29 July 2003
Version: 4.3.18
Couldn't print a photo properly on my Epson C80... The printer moved most of the *expensive* glossy paper through before starting. Found and installed Gimp-Print 4.2 and amazingly all was corrected. Thanks, guys!
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4
Anonymous
23 June 2003
Version: 4.3.17
Likewise, cannot print under this new version. Solved by downgrading to the previous version ... 4.2.6Pre1 which still works its magic.
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chrischram
23 June 2003
Version: 4.3.17
Strange! Under 4.3.17 all I can print is the test page in CUPS. No Applications can print anymore. I went back to 4.2.6-pre1 and everything works again.
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5
Anonymous
23 June 2003
Version: 4.3.17
"Like so much Unixware that's ported to Mac OS X, this one doesn't work either. The net effect of installing it with hopes of speeding up my Epson Color 740 which was already supported by Mac OS X, was to lose it. Dumping it and restarting restored my USB printer fortunately. (3/3/2003, Version: 4.2.5)" Anonymous who wrote this can't have installed or properly set it up. My 740 runs beautifully with stunning output for a five year old printer!! In fact the Apple included printer driver wouldn't work at all and I had contemplated buying a new printer. Thanks to GimpPrint and GhostScript I have a brand-new, top-quality printer!
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4.75
Craig Blowfield
23 June 2003
Version: 4.3.17
Thankyou Gimp-Print! I'm now using my printer for more than just lettters and invoices. I can now use my printer with confidence knowing that I am going to waste lots of ink and paper trying to get an output that I am happy with.
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4.75
Anonymous
22 June 2003
Version: 4.3.17
I am like Ted, I would be unable to use my printer without Gimp-Print. Mine is an Epson. Gimp-Print rules. It is one of the best piece of software you can install on OS X (and Linux). Thanks a lot to the Open Source community.
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4.5
Anonymous
20 June 2003
Version: 4.2.6pr1
Nice options for control over "printer features." Sharing pritners with Linux machines is a nice bonus. :) Love it!
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4.75
Wilderm
03 May 2003
Version: 4.2.6pr1
I had great difficulty installing Gimp on Epson 3000 and Mac OSX10.2.5 until the last version of CUPS, I found it last night, had an uninstaller to get rid of all the old drivers first, before installing the new version. Now it works just fine. I do need to align the heads better and can't figure out how to do that. Any help here??? After a month of no printing , hearing the hum of it working again was a good sound.
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4.75
Anonymous
02 May 2003
Version: 4.2.6pr1
Better then iProof-X. NO QUESTION ABOUT IT!
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5
Anonymous
02 May 2003
Version: 4.2.6pr1
I would be unable to use my HP printers without this software. The price...well, it's pretty darn good.
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4.5
Anonymous
16 March 2003
Version: 4.2.5
Very simple to install and setup. Many PC-only printers now work. Had to use an Epson PK4 USB/parallel adapter with my Brother printer. The Keyspan adapter didn't work.
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4.75
Anonymous
06 February 2003
Version: 4.2.5
Running on Epson3000 with NO problems, doing GREAT JOB! We love Gimp-Print, in our studio.
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4.25
Anonymous
01 February 2003
Version: 4.2.5
Very useful if you use any printer that is not supported by OSX (almost any printer). Even this does not support everything. Not too difficult to use if you follow the instructions for setup using PrintCenter. Another essential item that would be better being installed by Apple.
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5
Anonymous
28 January 2003
Version: 4.2.5
This software is great! it got my epson 1280 to print in a remote location on my wireless network
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4.5
Palos
27 January 2003
Version: 4.2.5
I was waiting forever for a printer driver for Epson 875 DCS. (Epson has a driver for 875 DC which doesn't work for DCS). Up until someone suggest getting the Gimp-Print. Of course, being new to Mac OS X Jaguar, I have to tweak a little bit of everything. But now my printer works perfectly!
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4.5
Gattogatto
04 January 2003
Version: 4.2.5-pre1
I use it with an Epson SP 2200 and I love it. It gives me all the features that Epson's programmer are not able to implement (they blame it on apple) and the quality is very good . Could have a better interface though (it's not a big deal to me anyway).
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Nik-Da-Grik
27 November 2002
Version: 4.2.4
You have to be a computer programmer/genius to make it work. I am neither so it woudn't work. A useful addition to the driver would be some sort of installer which could sus out the system and set things up. The comment in the manual: "if you don't understand TCP/IP ask one of your friends who does" is neither appropriate or helpful
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Anonymous
22 November 2002
Version: 4.2.4rc1
Very good piece. The output is even better than the one of the original driver. Thanks
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4.25
Wolf D. Hoermann
10 November 2002
Version: 4.2.4pre1
For more than a year I was waiting for an OS X compatible driver for my Epson Stylus Color 1520 and up to now Epson failed providing one. Yesterday I installed Gimp-Print 4.2.4pre1 together with Ghostscript 7.05. Although I don't know anything about Unix the software installed without any problems and after applying the tips given in "How to print with Gimp-Print in Mac OS X 10.2" and the FAQ documention, it took me about 20 minutes until my printer worked perfectly. I am really happy now and I want to thank the people who developed this excellent software and made it available to the public. Wolf
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Anonymous
22 October 2002
Version: 4.2.3
Got me up and running again. The interface is a little obtuse, but it does work when figured out.
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4.5
Anonymous
20 September 2002
Version: 4.2.2
This software got my Brother MFC-8300 Working under 10.2.1!.. WOW!! I still have my job, MANY THANKS!!... Easy to work with also, Very good for Non-Unix people!.. Great Job
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4.75
Ron-West
19 September 2002
Version: 4.2.2
This does all claimed! It is 100% better driver for the Canon printer (BJC 8200) I have than what Canon supplies! Also, be sure to get the EPS Ghostscript 7.05.5-0.ppc for printing PostScript.
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