ijsgimpprint



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NAME

       ijsgimpprint - Ghostscript driver for Gimp-Print


SYNOPSIS

       gs   -sDEVICE=ijs   -sIjsServer=/usr/bin/ijsgimpprint  -sDeviceManufac-
       turer=vendor  -sDeviceModel=name  [  -dIjsUseOutputFD  ]  -sIjsParams=[
       key1=value1,keyn=valuen... ] [ options ] [ files ]


DESCRIPTION

       ijsgimpprint  provides Ghostscript with a Gimp-Print driver, supporting
       all printers supported by libgimpprint.

       IJS is an initiative to improve the quality and ease of use of printing
       with  Ghostscript.   It  permits  adding  or  upgrading drivers without
       recompiling Ghostscript.  An IJS driver runs in a separate process that
       communicates  with  Ghostscript via an IPC channel.  The Gimp-Print IJS
       driver may be used with AFPL Ghostscript, as it runs in a separate pro-
       cess.

       The  options  for  this driver are very complex.  We strongly recommend
       use of a printer management system such as Foomatic rather than config-
       uring  a  spooler  manually  with this driver.  The driver name used by
       Foomatic is gimp-print-ijs.


OPTIONS

       ijsgimpprint accepts the following options:

   Ghostscript IJS options
       -dIjsUseOutputFD
              This option should be specified whenever output from Ghostscript
              will  go  to  stdout or into a pipe.  It may be specified in all
              other cases, with only a slight performance degradation.

       -sIjsParams=Option1=Value1,Option2=Value2
              This parameter contains a single string containing a comma-sepa-
              rated list of sub-options.

       -sDeviceManufacturer=vendor -sDeviceModel=name
              This  option  must  be  supplied.  There is no default.  The IJS
              driver requires the vendor (it’s part of the protocol), but  the
              ijsgimpprint driver ignores it.  It should be CANON, EPSON, LEX-
              MARK, or HEWLETT-PACKARD.  The value of the -sDeviceModel param-
              eter  is  the  same as the value of the -sModel parameter in the
              old stp driver.

              A complete list of supported printers  may  be  found  in  gimp-
              print-models(7).

              Most  or  all of the Epson Stylus printers are fully functional.
              The others vary.  In particular, all of the listed Epson  Stylus
              Photo  printers  print  in  full 6-color photo mode; most of the
              others do not.  The color output has also been better tuned  for
              Epson Stylus printers than for others.

   Gimp-Print IJS options
       These  options  are  all  used in the -sIjsParams options, except where
       mentioned otherwise.  Due to their complicated nature, the options  are
       explained in detail in their own sections.


PRINT RESOLUTION

       Quality=quality
              The meaning of this is model-specific.  Two names are listed for
              each resolution; the first (short) name is the quality that must
              be passed to Quality, and the second (long) name is descriptive.
              Each printer has its own default value; for most printers,  this
              is  a  reasonable  300  or  360  DPI resolution.  A full list of
              available resolutions for each printer may  be  found  in  gimp-
              print-resolutions(7).


INK TYPES

       InkType=inktype

       This is printer type specific.  The option names are case sensitive.  A
       full list of available media  types  may  be  found  in  gimmprint-ink-
       types(7).


MEDIA TYPES

       MediaType=mediatype

       This is printer type specific.  The option names are case sensitive.  A
       full list of available media types  may  be  found  in  gimpprint-medi-
       atypes(7).


MEDIA SOURCES

       MediaSource=mediasource

       This is printer type specific.  The option names are case sensitive.  A
       full list of available media sources may be found  in  gimpprint-media-
       sources(7).



MEDIA SIZES

       -sPAPERSIZE=papersize
              for known Ghostscript paper sizes.

       -dDEVICEWIDTHPOINTS=x -dDEVICEHEIGHTPOINTS=y
              where  x  and  y  are  the width and height of the paper respec-
              tively, in points (1/72").  Note this is a normal gs option, not
              an IJS option.

       This  is  printer-specific;  we cannot list the correct values for each
       printer here.  The option names  are  case-sensitive.   Two  names  are
       listed  for  each  resolution; the first (short) name is the value that
       must be passed to -sPAPERSIZE, and the second (long) name  is  descrip-
       tive.   This  option  does  not  set GhostScript up to use a paper size
       other than the default; it only tells the driver to set up the  printer
       for a different paper size.  The default paper size is "Letter".

       A  complete  list  of  available  paper  sizes  may  be  found in gimp-
       print-mediasizes(7).


COLOR BALANCING

       Cyan=val

       Magenta=val

       Yellow=val

       Brightness=val

       Contrast=val

       Gamma=val

       Density=val

       Saturation=val

       A full description  of  the  color  balancing  options,  including  the
       allowed ranges of values, may be found in gimpprint-color(7).


DITHERING ALGORITHMS

       DitherAlgorithm=algorithm
              Possible   values   for   algorithm   may   be  found  in  gimp-
              print-dithers(7).


OUTPUT TYPE

       -sProcessColorModel=DeviceGray -dBitsPerSample=1
              Black and white

       -sProcessColorModel=DeviceGray
              Greyscale

       -sProcessColorModel=DeviceRGB
              Color (RGB)

       -sProcessColorModel=DeviceCMYK
              Color (CMYK)

       Note these are gs options, not IJS options.  Choose color vs. grayscale
       output.    Color  output  is  the  default.   Choosing  DeviceGrey  and
       -dBitsPerSample=1 results in only black ink (no color ink) being  used,
       which is faster and usually results in the most accurate grayscale, but
       at the expense  of  smoothness.   This  prints  only  black  and  white
       (thresholding).   This  option  always  uses  Fast dithering unless you
       specify Very Fast.  If you want composite color  (using  a  mixture  of
       color and black inks to produce gray), use DeviceGrey.

       In  addition, using DeviceGrey uses luminance (perceived brightness) of
       red, green, and blue to choose output levels.  Blue of a  given  inten-
       sity  is  perceived  to  be much darker than red, which in turn appears
       darker than green.  DeviceRGB, DeviceCYMK and Saturation=0.0 (see "Sat-
       uration" above) do not use luminance.

       CMYK  output  may  be  used  with the IJS driver only.  It is useful if
       you’re printing a CMYK graphic and want explicit control over the inks.
       Generally it yields inferior quality, as Gimp-Print has good algorithms
       for converting RGB (screen) into CMYK (inks)  that  take  into  account
       paper  type,  ink type, and other variables.  In CMYK mode, the bright-
       ness, contrast, and saturation controls do not function.


IMAGE TYPE

       This option can be used to optimize the dither.

       ImageType=val
              Possible values are:


              Value   Description
              -------------------------------------------------
              1       Line art (color or gray scale)
              2       Primarily solid colors or smooth  gradi-
                      ents (color or gray scale)
              3       Continuous-tone  photographs  (color  or
                      gray scale)

              Option 0 is the fastest.  It generates strong, but not  particu-
              larly  accurate,  colors.   There may be some fairly sharp color
              transitions in this mode.

              Option 1 generates more accurate colors, but is slower.

              Option 2 generates the most accurate colors, but is considerably
              slower.

       Note  that  any  of  the modes may be used with either color or black &
       white output.  If black and white output is requested, but a color mode
       used,  composite color will be printed.  This generally offers smoother
       tone, but less purity of gray or black, than pure black ink.   Further-
       more,  it  is possible to tune the color of the gray (to achieve warmer
       or cooler effects) using the color controls in this fashion.

       Specifying a lower GhostScript resolution (with -r) results  in  faster
       color conversion.  For example, if you print at 1440x720 DPI, but spec-
       ify a Ghostscript resolution of 360 DPI (with -r360),  output  will  be
       significantly  faster and there will be much less difference in perfor-
       mance between the three image type options.


EXAMPLES

       Note that a lot of these options are used for demonstration;  generally
       adjusting the density is a bad idea!

   Example 1
       Print charts to file, using A4 paper, color, 360 dpi:

              gs -sDEVICE=ijs -sIjsServer=/usr/bin/ijsgimpprint
              -sDeviceManufacturer=EPSON -sDeviceModel=escp2-ex
              -sPAPERSIZE=a4 -sOutputFile=itsyourchoice.prn
              -sIjsParams=Density=1.6,Gamma=1.5,Saturation=0.9,\
              Brightness=0.4,ImageType=1 foo.ps

   Example 2
       Print color photograph to /dev/lp0 at maximum quality:

              gs -sDEVICE=ijs -sIjsServer=/usr/bin/ijsgimpprint
              -sDeviceManufacturer=EPSON -sDeviceModel=escp2-870
              -sOutputFile=/dev/lp0
              -sIjsParams=Quality=1440x720hq,MediaType=GlossyPhoto,\
              Density=0.8,ImageType=2 foo.ps

   Example 3
       Print pure black text to stdout:

              gs -sDEVICE=ijs -sIjsServer=/usr/bin/ijsgimpprint
              -sDeviceManufacturer=EPSON -sDeviceModel=escp2-660
              -dIjsUseOutputFD -sProcessColorModel=DeviceGray
              -dBitsPerSample=1 -sOutputFile=-
              -sIjsParams=Quality=720sw,Density=0.8 foo.ps


HISTORY

       The  Ghostscript  stp  driver  was originally written by Henryk Richter
       (buggs@comlab.uni-rostock.de), and was integrated into Gimp-Print  dur-
       ing the 3.1 development series.  Gimp-Print itself was originally writ-
       ten by Michael Sweet <mike@easysw.com>, who released up to version 2.0;
       Robert  Krawitz  released version 3.0.  The Gimp-Print development team
       (http://gimp-print.sourceforge.net) now maintains the entire package.

       The IJS driver was originally written by Russell Lang, and incorporated
       into  Gimp-Print  in  early 2002.  This driver corresponds with the IJS
       protocol 0.32.


COPYRIGHT

       Copyright ©  2001-2002 Robert Krawitz (rlk@alum.mit.edu)

       This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it
       under  the  terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the
       Free Software Foundation; either version 2 of the License, or (at  your
       option) any later version.

       This  program  is  distributed  in the hope that it will be useful, but
       WITHOUT ANY  WARRANTY;  without  even  the  implied  warranty  of  MER-
       CHANTABILITY  or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.  See the GNU General
       Public License for more details.

       You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along
       with this program; if not, write to the Free Software Foundation, Inc.,
       59 Temple Place - Suite 330, Boston, MA 02111-1307, USA.


AUTHORS

       Robert Krawitz.  Originally written by Russell Lang.

       This manual page was written by Robert Krawitz  (rlk@alum.mit.edu)  and
       Roger Leigh (roger@whinlatter.uklinux.net).


SEE ALSO

       gs(1), gimpprint-color(7), gimpprint-dithers(7), gimpprint-inktypes(7),
       gimpprint-mediasizes(7),   gimpprint-mediasources(7),   gimpprint-medi-
       atypes(7), gimpprint-models(7), gimpprint-resolutions(7).



Version 4.2.7                     15 Jul 2004                  IJSGIMPPRINT(1)

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