[photodesk] Re: Printing Problem

  • From: Peter-William Eaves <peter@xxxxxxxx>
  • To: photodesk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Fri, 04 Aug 2006 23:12:47 +0100

In message <4e510d1fc8marthodgson@xxxxxxxxxx>
          Martin Hodgson <marthodgson@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> On 05 Aug, Henry Falkner <hfalkner@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> From: "Alan S.Wickham" <alan@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
>> To: <photodesk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
>> Sent: Friday, August 04, 2006 9:10 AM
>> Subject: [photodesk] Printing Problem
> [Snip]
>> > I chose a fairly modest 3
>> >        colour printer, the Canon 560i. This was OK for text and seemed
>> >        to be for graphics. When I started to use it for photos,
>> >        however, I started to get serious "banding" in areas where
>> >        there was an even tone. This is much worse when printing
>> >        monochrome using the Grey Scale settings. Up till now I have
>> >        been of the opinion that this was due to a fault in the print
>> >        head but I am now beginning to think that it might be related to
>> >        the software driver. This is besause:-
>> >
> [Snip]
>> >                                 Regards,
>> >                                      Alan.
> [Snip]
>> But photo printing on the RiscPC has gone the way of the Dodo.
> [Snip]
>> Henry
> That's rather a sweeping statement.
> Have you looked at the Gimp-Print option from
>  www.mw-software.com/software/gimp-print/gimp-print.html
> This was ported over from Linux land, covers a vast range of printers, and
> gets updated from time to time. Martin Wuerthner wants a relatively small
> fee for the specifically RISC OS part that he had to write from scratch so
> that the open source Linux software would work properly.
> There is also Thomas Milius' PDumper module which integrates with the RISC
> OS printer system (as does Gimp-print). This has been developed to be a
> very versatile driver for any Epson printer, using pretty much any ink
> system - i.e. non CMYK, such as Hexachrome. It will also print plain text
> such as from Edit, something Gimp-Print will not handle.
> However it remains one for the experienced user who is able to tailor it
> to suit his particular printer.
> I don't think anybody has modified it to to run a Canon printer. That
> really would be one for the knowlegeable, assuming it is possible.
> Thomas' software is free, and the source code is also available.
> www.thomas-milius.homepage.t-online.de/
> I use both systems to drive my six colour Epson Photo 870. Gimp-Print I
> use for high quality photo work, and PDumper for everything else (I have
> yet to finalise the colour balance, and get it printing 1440 x 760
> resolution).
> Martin Hodgson
Interesting about the mw-software solution.

I bought an HP cp1700 a few years ago and it prints by me sending 
PstScript files from the RiscOs machine via a Linux machine which 
accepts the code and sends out HP code to the printer.  Something my 
son set up for me.  Works extremely well if a bit slow.  Lovely photo 
prints at A3 if required.  Of course it works faster if you just put 
the photos into "The Gimp" on the Linux machine.  However, much of my 
work is done using Impression Publisher so, over all, the RiscOs 
machine gets used more - even after all these years.

Peter-William Eaves
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