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gimp-print for Mac

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Quick Specs

  • Version:
    4.2.4
  • Total Downloads:
    12,979
  • Date Added:
    Nov. 25, 2002
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    5.55MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    22
  • Platform:
    Mac
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Editors' Note: Head to AllOSX's site for easy-to-follow installation instructions for this driver.

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5 stars

"Saved me from buying a new laser printer"

July 10, 2012  |  By beforsberg

2012-07-10 07:07:39  |  By beforsberg

 |  Version: Gutenprint 5.2.9

Pros

Apple LaserWriter 360... I'll bet not too many people still have one of these! This one has been my main printer since around 1997. At that time, it cost more than $1400.
If it were not for Guntenprint this printer would have met it's maker a long time ago when Apple tried to make it impossible to use it.
Fortunately, I can connect to my MB Pro through a USB port and Guntenprint recognizes it printer.

Cons

Some of the printer's functions have gone by the wayside. I can't use the manual feed any more. This printer has always been slow but it's even slower now that I'm using a USB connection instead of Ethernet.

Summary

One day I hope to upgrade this printer with a new wireless model. Until then, I'm so happy to have a printer driver that works!

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5 stars

"Connects Snow Leopard to classic HP LaserJets"

March 02, 2012  |  By danslation

2012-03-02 23:02:22  |  By danslation

 |  Version: Gutenprint 5.2.7

Pros

allows LaserJet 4M Plus to function fully from Snow Leopard
fills gap in HP printer drivers for classic LaserJets

Cons

hard to track where Gutenprint gets installed on my Mac
needs better documentation on how to set up IP printing

Summary

I bought a refurbished HP LaserJet 4M Plus from PrinterTechs.com in 2004. This bulky, solidly built printer works slowly but very reliably, producing sharp black text and excellent black-and-white halftones. For several years I connected it successfully to my iMac desktop computer running Leopard (Mac OS 10.5) with HP's printer driver. When I recently upgraded to Snow Leopard (Mac OS 10.6), I was shocked to find that my iMac no longer talked to my LaserJet: Neither Apple nor HP provides a Snow Leopard printer driver for the 4M Plus.

I then downloaded Gutenprint 5.2.7 and studied the documentation that came with it. From that I learned that, since my LaserJet connects to my iMac via an Ethernet cable, I would need to set it up for IP Printing. But I wasn't sure which IP address to specify in System Preferences>Print & Fax. I tried entering my Ethernet router's IP address, but that did not work.

Calling PrinterTechs.com customer support, I found out that I had to run a self-test on my LaserJet to get its IP address, and enter that into my new printer definition in System Preferences. For "queue name" I selected "HP Jetdirect," and for "Print Using" I selected "HP LaserJet 4/4M Postscript 600 dpi," which evidently came from the Gutenprint driver. This enabled me to activate my printer's optional lower tray and envelope printing features. Now my LaserJet prints smoothly from Snow Leopard, with full functionality.

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5 stars

"printer drivers for when your manufacturer falls short"

September 22, 2011  |  By hglasimpson

2011-09-22 07:32:55  |  By hglasimpson

 |  Version: Gutenprint 5.2.7

Pros

does a great job of making printers work and free (e.g. HP Photosmart P1100: made it work for OS 10.5 and up, which HP doesn't offer drivers (and we take for granted, but I can two sided, landscape, or differ quality)).

Cons

none (and not a con, just note: has customize, which I just checked the gutenprint 5 install and uninstall, didn't use gimp or apple)

Summary

not bottom line, but another example: HP LaserJet 1012: Mac drivers always spit out blank page at the end with "Unsupported Personality: PCL"; gutenprint drivers didn't help (but don't be discouraged, they have updates all the time)

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5 stars

"Your printer's silent partner."

November 19, 2010  |  By lwitter

2010-11-19 11:21:42  |  By lwitter

 |  Version: Gutenprint 5.2.6

Pros

Easy to install, just follow the directions in the documentation folder. The driver for my Canon iP 4500 works tirelessly and so quietly its easy to forget that its there. Bottom line - it works!

Cons

No bad report card for this application.

Summary

A really good source for up-to-date printer drivers.

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5 stars

"Uninstalls Epson printers Bug"

November 20, 2008  |  By William Robinson

2008-11-20 12:25:17  |  By William Robinson

 |  Version: Gutenprint 5.2.2

Summary

This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
I've been using Gutenprint as the driver for my Epson 1160 ever since moving to OSX years ago. So I was happy to see the 5.2.2 update had gone golden. But once I installed it I was unhappy to find that it removed the contents of /usr/local/bin which is where the CUPS elements reside. I could no longer print to the 1160, until I downgraded back to Gp 5.0.2. I then tried upgrading to 5.22 again, keeping the /usr/local/bin window open; and sure enough the install process removed the elements again. This time I had first backed them up, and I was able to install them manually.

It was the Gutenprint Utility for Epson Inkjet Printers (which I used to print nozzel checks) that alerted me to the location of the missing files; other wise I wouldn't have had a clue where to look for them.

I'm pretty sure these file are not supposed to be removed, or that they should have been replaced with something newer.

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1 stars

"FU"

January 04, 2008  |  By Ancient_Boii_Tribe

2008-01-04 19:11:36  |  By Ancient_Boii_Tribe

 |  Version: Gutenprint 5.0.2

Summary

This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
The last version I installed then the Apple security update. Then I could not print and had to do a clean reinstall of my system. I think cups clashed with the security update too.

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5 stars

"Excellent!!"

May 10, 2007  |  By djjjk

2007-05-10 07:10:21  |  By djjjk

 |  Version: Gutenprint 5.0.0

Summary

This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
I had a problem printing a pile of pdf's on my trusty old (14 years) HP LaserJet 4/4M - kept getting a "stacking error 1022" for a good few of them - couldn't figure out why some printed and some didn't. I tried everything (only thing that worked was converting to a jpeg), did a quick google and found a few folk who recommended this Gimp-Print/GutenPrint - tried it without too much hope and whatdoyouknow - it worked a treat, not sure but seems to work a lot faster than before. I'm very impressed!!

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5 stars

"Nicky Evans"

August 26, 2006  |  By nicky evans

2006-08-26 10:22:58  |  By nicky evans

 |  Version: Gutenprint 5.0.0

Summary

This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
Absolutely Fantastic!!!!!
I Can now print using Epson C46 with mac os x 10.3.9.....

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1 stars

"very very SLOW"

August 03, 2006  |  By VersionTrackerUserOpinion

2006-08-03 11:18:18  |  By VersionTrackerUserOpinion

 |  Version: Gutenprint 5.0.0

Summary

This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
It's extremely slow to spool and print on OS 10.4.7, much slower than gimp 4.2.5

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5 stars

"epson C46 driver"

June 04, 2006  |  By Brendanpfox

2006-06-04 05:45:49  |  By Brendanpfox

 |  Version: Gutenprint 5.0.0rc3

Summary

This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
Couldn't find a driver anywhere until I found gimp-print 5!
After ages looking, it worked. The instructions were simple to follow also.
My old C42 of 5 years gave up the ghost so I decided to share the C46 with my G3 as well as the PC.
These old epsons are superb AND ink, with a resetter chip.. costs nothing!
Anyway,
2 slight problems,
1) you can´t use the utilities.. to clean or assess ink levels etc I can do thisa with my PC anyway, so that´s fine.
2) It´s maybe also a bit slower
BUT hey..... better than absolutely noting that the manufactures or apple provide eh??
Thank you gimp-print

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 4.2.4
  • All PCL laser printers (including HP LaserJet and many other printer lines) printed too light (black came out as medium gray).
  • Various problems with the PPD files used by the native CUPS driver worked incorrectly with many applications, leading to failures to print, failures to recognize certain page sizes, and custom page sizes not working correctly have been fixed. To fix these problems, you must reinstall all of your printer queues using Gimp-Print PPD files. To do this, you must delete and re-create the printer queue (merely modifying or configuring the queue will not solve the problem). Please see the release notes for 4.2.3 (below) for instructions on using custom page sizes.
  • Lexmark printers produced severely distorted colors in some cases.
  • Canon large-format printers did not support A3 paper size; these printers are now capable of printing on that size paper.
  • PCL laser printers now have correct margins on A4-size paper.
  • The Epson Stylus Photo 950 now prints correctly in 1440x1440 and 2880x720 DPI modes. This is not significant new functionality; these modes are actually printed at 2880x1440, which did not have this problem.
  • 6-color HP printers should now print correctly using all 6 colors.
  • The dimensions for 22x30 watercolor paper were incorrect.
  • The following HP DesignJet large-format plotters are now supported: DesignJet 230, 250, 430, 450, 455, 488, 700, 2500, and 3500. Other DesignJet printers may work with one of these drivers.
  • The following Epson multi-function devices are now supported as printers: Stylus 3200CX and 5200CX. This project does not support scanners, so we cannot offer any advice on the scanner component of these units.
  • The Epson MJ-930C is now supported.
  • Various manual pages have been added or updated. See gimpprint(3), ijsgimpprint(1), escputil(1), and cups-calibrate(8) for more information.
  • Transverse versions of the US CAD standard paper sizes (ArchA, ArchB, ArchC, ArchD, and ArchE) have been added. This permits printing e. g. ArchD size (24x36) plots on 36 inch wide paper.
  • The new HP DesignJets have not been fully tuned. In particular, there are reports that they print too light. This can be corrected with the Density adjustment (try 1.5~1.7 or thereabouts).
  • The version of libtool used to build this package, 1.4.2, does not create shared libraries correctly on some platforms (in particular, MIPS and MIPSEL). The workaround is to either build static libraries only (configure --disable-shared), or to regenerate the libtool with libtool 1.4.3. We expect this to be fixed in a future release.
  • The Epson Stylus 2200 has not been tuned in 7-color mode, and reports are that quality is subpar in this mode. We recommend using 6-color mode until this is tuned, which we hope to be in the near future.
  • There are longstanding reports of problems printing with certain USB-parallel and USB-serial adapters on Macintosh OS X. In particular, many users have reported problems with the Keyspan adapter; we recommend that users having problems try different brands of adapters, and avoid using USB hubs. Please check our web site (http://gimp-print.sourceforge.net) for updates.
  • The list of compatible and potentially compatible Hewlett-Packard printers has been updated with the latest available information. If a particular printer does not work with the recommended driver, we recommend that you try other similar drivers, check the Feature Requests, and if the printer is not listed please file a feature request (via the Submit New button).
  • QUALITY-HP LaserJet 5L print is too light
  • QUALITY - Poor quality w/ Lexmark OprtaE+ and pcl-4
  • Lexmark color reversal
  • Epson Stylus Photo 950: Enlarged image with some 1440/2800
  • Canon driver does not support A3 page size for large format
  • HP DesignJet Margin Problems
  • Macintosh OS X: Custom page size problems w/some apps
  • Epson 1520 ppd bug gimp-print 4.2.3
General
Publisher Robert Krawitz
Publisher web site http://gimp-print.sourceforge.net/MacOSX.php3
Release Date November 25, 2002
Date Added November 25, 2002
Version 4.2.4
Category
Category Drivers
Subcategory Printer Drivers
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.2/10.3
Additional Requirements
  • Mac OS X 10.2 or higher
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    File Size 5.55MB
    File Name gutenprint-5.2.11.dmg
    Popularity
    Total Downloads 12,979
    Downloads Last Week 22
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