OpenPrinting

We have resources to help with printing under free operating systems like GNU/Linux and the BSDs or under commercial UNIX-like systems such as Solaris and Mac OS X. Looking for configuration or driver help? Try our CUPS Quick Start or look for your printer in the OpenPrinting Database. For more detail, try Till's Tutorial. If all else fails, ask a human in the forums. Researching a printer purchase? Simply browse our database. Looking for software? We host Foomatic, cups-filtersprinter driver packages, and some other programs. Want to help? Here's how.

OpenPrinting is participating in Google Summer of Code 2014

This year we have again many interesting student projects to choose from, especially to implement support for the new IPP Everywhere printer standard which will eliminate the need of printer-model-specific drivers, making printers just work with any operating system. Here is an overview of all our suggested projects on our project ideas list:

  • IPP Everywhere for USB printers: Add IPP-over-USB support to CUPS/Linux
  • Complete IPP Everwhere support of CUPS: rastertopdf filter to accept PWG Raster as input format
  • GTK (GNOME) Print Dialog: Support for driver-less printing on network printers, especially also IPP Everywhere printers
  • PPD Generator for driver-less printing: Poll capabilities from printer via IPP and generate an appropriate PPD file
  • Add MuPDF support to cups-filters for a lightweight mobile printing stack
  • Add printer output backends to MuPDF
  • Improve the pdftopvp filter to not need copying Poppler source code or unstable APIs
  • PWG Job-Ticket backend for libJTAPI (Job Ticket API)
  • Foomatic: Improving the PPD generation capabilities: Option conflicts and printer compatibility classes
  • Modularization of built-in GhostScript drivers into an OPVP driver
  • Vendor WIN32 driver made available to Linux applications
  • Get the cairo color management code upstream

All students who want to do a project with us are asked to apply as described here until March 21, 2014. And as always, we are not limited to the posted ideas, we also accept the student's own ideas. For questions please see the contact info on the ideas list

OpenPrinting Summit 2014 together with PWG Meeting in Toronto, Canada on August 12-15

Our annual meeting, the OpenPrinting Summit is approaching! This time it is held together with the PWG (Printing Working Group) Meeting in Toronto, Canada. We invite again printer manufacturers, developers of Linux printing components as CUPS, Ghostscript, Color Management, desktops, applications, of Linux distributions, ... to plan and discuss on making printing under Linux "just work". This time the sessions are again integrated with the sessions of the PWG, an OS-independent standardization organization for digital printing.

PDF is the standard print job format from CUPS 1.6.x on

All important desktop applications (GTK/GNOME, Qt/KDE, LibreOffice/OpenOffice.org, Firefox, Thunderbird, ...) send print jobs in PDF and not in PostScript any more by default. In addition, a complete CUPS filter chain to process print jobs in PDF is available and used.

CUPS author Mike Sweet/Apple have decided to not include the Linux-specific CUPS filters in the upstream CUPS source any more and we have agreed to maintain them at OpenPrinting. Here we have done some clean-up and have discontinued the filters for the PostScript-centric workflow in favor of the PDF workflow, meaning that the upstream standard for CUPS under Linux (using CUPS plus our cups-filters package) is the PDF-based job processing, letting every non-PDF input be converted to PDF first, page management options being applied by a pdftopdf filter and Ghostscript being called with PDF as input.

Only exception is if the input data is PostScript and the printer is a PostScript printer or the printer driver requires PostScript as input. The we do not turn PostScript into PDF and back into PostScript but pass the PostScript through the pstops filter as before.

Having this workflow we ask all driver developers kindly to not create any PPDs/drivers for non-Postscript printers which require exclusively PostScript. PPD files should at least accept PDF or CUPS Raster now. See also our driver design/packaging page.

More info on our page about the PDF printing workflow and on the cups-filters page.

Making Printing "Just Work" - Volunteers and/or Sponsors needed!

For getting a great user experience with printing there is still a lot of coding needed. Your contribution, either work or funding, is highly appreciated. As we want our work to get a standard, we will let every completed project get into the major Linux distributions, so your work will help a lot of Linux users and will make Linux a better OS.

Enter the amazing world of free software and help fixing bug #1 of Linux.

Currently, we appreciate volunteers/sponsors for these projects:

Vendor WIN32/Mac OS X drivers made available to Linux applications:

Make many more printers working under Linux by creating a wrapper framework for the manufacturer's Windows/Mac OS X drivers, like the ndiswrapper for WLAN cards.

JTAPI implementation: The OpenPrinting workgroup has designed a Job Ticket API (JTAPI) already. You can help us by writing an implementation of this API (libjtapi). We especially also need an implementation of the Printer Working Group: Print Job Ticket (PWG:PJT).

Find more information and contact info on our project implementation page.

We appreciate your participation on these projects.

For Developers

The goal of the OpenPrinting workgroup is to develop and promote a set of standards that will address the complete printing needs of embedded, mobile, desktop, enterprise, and production environments, including management, reliability, security, scalability, printer feature access and network accessibility. This is achieved by

OpenPrinting has merged with the former linuxprinting.org and provides now a one-stop location for printing with Posix-style operating systems. OpenPrinting organizes several meetings throughout the year to bring the important people on the area of printing together. Meetings recently held are:

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Announcements/News

 

pdftops translate InputSlot=Tray2

Hello,

 

i've open a bug on cups few days ago, available there: https://www.cups.org/str.php?L4400

in resume, we use cups 1.7 with Xerox Workcenter 7556 printers. We want to print on tray 2. when printing text files, this works fine, but when printing pdf files, the printer only uses tray 1 .

it seems that this is due to the pdftops translating the option to an unknown value to the printer.

would you have any idea on how we could solve this ?

Westhill Consulting Travel & Tours Singapore: Jakarta Weather


Jakarta, the capital and largest city of Indonesia, has a hot and humid tropical wet and dry climate.

Jakarta, the capital city of Indonesia, is located at the northwest end of Java Island faces north onto Jakarta Bay and the Java Sea. Being the regional center for business and culture and is also the jumping off point for reaching the Thousand Islands (Kepulauan Seribu) National Park, Jakarta has been booming on its tourism. 

Investing Guide at Deep Blue Group Publications LLC

Today I'll answer some tax questions-but first some tips for people who can't file their returns by Tuesday.

For federal taxes: If you can't file your return by Tuesday, request a six-month extension by filing Form 4868 electronically or by mail. See the form for instructions. If you file this form by April 15 and your tax return by Oct. 15, you will avoid a late-filing penalty.

The History of Abney and Associates Foundation

I know that my Grandmother would be pleased with the vehicle she so wisely created that has done so much for so many." - J.R. Fulp, Jr., Chairman

Investing Guide at Deep Blue Group Publications LLC on Last-minute tax-filing advice

Today I'll answer some tax questions-but first some tips for people who can't file their returns by Tuesday.

For federal taxes: If you can't file your return by Tuesday, request a six-month extension by filing Form 4868 electronically or by mail. See the form for instructions. If you file this form by April 15 and your tax return by Oct. 15, you will avoid a late-filing penalty.

Our Founder at Abney and Associates Foundation

The following article was taken from the March 1969 edition of QUILLS, a monthly newsletter Published by Abney Mills. This is one of our favorite articles and feels that it is a wonderful portrayal of our founder.

Travel tips with Corliss Group: Know Who to Tip When You Travel

You already know to budget for tips when you travel. But you should also know who to tip when you travel.

It's a no-brainer to tip the maid—at least a couple bucks a day.

Smartphone Travel tips with Corliss Group

When the smartphone was in its infancy and app stores were not yet operational, its best built-in app to help travelers was the Maps app. There were no walking directions provided, just a map that you needed to interpret to help you get to your destination.

These days, smartphones have so spoiled us that we wonder how we have lived without it.

canon IR4025 ufrii driver

We have a Canon IR4025 copier and we want to use it on linux (ubuntu). I installed the linux driver ( ufrii 2.80 / us). I have problem with the job execution STORE mode. I can't choose the right mailbox number where prints the document. The default is no. 00. I tried to edit the PPD file based on a website but it doesn't want to work. Please help to edit this PPD file or send me a fully working driver with good store printing option.

Thanks,

Laszlo

 

Surviving Hong Kong's sporting event by The Corliss Group World Travelers

(CNN)--"It takes me three days to recover after the Sevens," says referee Robert Esser, who is called the plays at the famed Hong Kong rugby tournament for 12 years.

"If you find out how to survive it, let me know."

The annual Hong Kong Sevens is the city’s largest sporting event, attracting thousands of costumed revelers from all over the world.

But making the most of the party atmosphere requires strategy and planning.

Oki Printing Problem <SOLVED>

I have an Oki ML 320 Turbo. It's been working perfectly for years on a Pick system, and now I'm trying to use it with Linux (Ubuntu 10.04).

After working (almost) perfectly for 2 months, it now refuses to print what I send it.

When I type in the lpr command:

lpr -H 127.0.0.1:631 -P Oki -h -o raw <<< "Test Print"

I get the following output on the page:

Vgsv"Rrknv

test for elen

How I Live and Work in Southeast Asia

This is a post that has been a long time coming.  Many of you that have been following me since the days of daydreaming and remote work proposals keep asking me the question “what exactly are you doing to support yourself in Asia?”.

 

Today is the day I answer that question.  Well, kind of.

 

Is Gene Therapy Emerging From Technological Prematurity?

The idea of gene therapy has been around since at least the early 1970s. In 1972, an article by Theodore Friedmann and Richard Roblin advanced the concept of treating genetic diseases by replacing defective endogenous DNA with exogenous “good” DNA. However, these authors concluded that it was premature to begin gene therapy studies in humans because of lack of basic knowledge of genetic regulation and of genetic diseases, and for ethical reasons. They did, however, propose that studies in cell cultures and in animal models aimed at development of gene therapies be undertaken.

Westhill Property Consulting: Foreign money is turning London’s housing market into an unaffordable bubble

Westhill Property Consultants Hampstead Heath London specializing in properties in the sale and letting of homes in North and North West London agrees with the following statement.

 

According to the Bank of England, each year since 2010, £23 billion of foreign money has poured into the London property market. One would think that this is a good thing for the economy, but most of these foreign buyers have never been to London, or at least have no intention of spending any time here.

 

War on the environment a distraction from climate change policy

After almost six months in office, it seems that the Abbott government’s reputation for action on climate change and the environment in general is in tatters. Overseas, condemnation has been directed at a government now labelled as the ‘most hostile to its nation’s environment in history’. And that assessment is made with scant attention to what the Coalition government is doing on climate change, where it has pulled out all the stops to bring climate change policy to heel before the interests of big coal and big mining.

Top Tips for Travel for the Year Ahead

Pól Ó Conghaile has just been named the Travel Extra Travel Journalist of the Year, awarded for “his exceptional body of work” including articles written for the Irish Examiner and the National Geographic.

 

TWO-thirds of Irish workers don’t take their full annual leave, according to a survey by Hotels.com. Respondents fail to take the holidays to which they are entitled “because they are too busy” or “they just don’t get around to taking them”.

 

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