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Install Gimp-Print to recover lost printer features UNIX
I recently purchased an Epson Stylus Photo 820 - a printer that boasts 6-color and BorderFree Printing technologies. BorderFree Printing allows the printer to not use margins and utilize the entire sheet of paper - very handy when printing large, high-quality photographs. However, when I upgraded to OS X, I lost the ability to utilize BFP (along with some other high-end printing features), and I have had to use Classic for BorderFree prints.

After doing some forum-searching/posting, I found a open-source program called Gimp-Print that includes many high-quality drivers for about 300 printers (thanks to JBL on the AppleInsider forums for the tip). After an easy (and well-documented) installation and setup, I printed an 8.5" x 11" poster with no margins from Photoshop 7 in OS X 10.2.2. Anybody who misses the lost features for their Epson, Canon, or HP (and many other brands) printer should be sure to check out Gimp-Print. For those of you who haven't upgraded to Jaguar: Gimp-Print requries MacOS X 10.2 or higher to run.

[Editor's note: Although a few hints have mentioned using Gimp-Print to work around certain problems, or to print to networked printers, etc., I was surprised to see we hadn't previously just mentioned the program as a good way to gain access to lost printer features. If you want to know more about the package before you install it, check out the very complete OS X FAQ page on their website.]
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gimp print and printer sharing?
Authored by: bakalite on Dec 20, '02 07:10:44PM

The info I can't find anywhere is whether or not gimp print will still allow you to do printer sharing over a network with the printer connected via usb to one of themachines. I'm running my epson 1280 like that right now, and I don't want to break things if that doesn't work.

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gimp print and printer sharing?
Authored by: hap on Dec 21, '02 03:24:07AM

Looks like it works to me. I installed the gimp packages a while ago so I can't be sure I have the latest and greatest but after making sure the printer was set up as recommended by the OSX FAQ I got on my IBook and printed a few things on my IMac's DesckJet 930C just fine. Gotta love that wireless networking. The only complaint I would hae is that the FAQ says.

"You can access the settings for the Gimp-Print driver whenever a print sheet is open. Just click on the popup menu that says "Copies & Pages" and choose "Printer Features"."

and I don't have any such option. Any Ideas?

Good Luck

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