Gutenprint project, 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 an enhanced Print plug-in for the GIMP that replaces the plug-in packaged with the GIMP, and Ghostscript and CUPS drivers, as well as Foomatic data supporting the Ghostscript driver.
Gutenprint has been renamed in order to clearly distinguish it from the GIMP. While this package started out as the original Print plugin for the GIMP, it has expanded into a collection of general purpose printer drivers, and the new, enhanced Print plugin for the GIMP is now only a small part 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 is the first stable release 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.
Gutenprint currently supports over 700 printer models.
What's New in This Release: [ read full changelog ]
· This version features an extensive rewrite of the Canon driver, with support for many newer printers and updates for many existing printers.
· Support for some printers determined to be non-functional in earlier releases has been dropped.
· Support for some Epson printers has been added, and some bugs have been fixed.