[Printing-architecture] [Gimp-print-devel] Looking ahead to 5.3

Till Kamppeter till.kamppeter at gmail.com
Fri Oct 24 03:08:56 PDT 2008

peter sikking wrote:
> like I said, separate dialog triggered from the print dialog.

And how should this dialog look like? Someone has to implement it. The 
printer driver runs on the CUPS server and it cannot send executable 
programs to the clients.

Do we have to consider the design project of the Common Printing Dialog 
as incomplete or even failed then?

Do we have to start a design for a "Common Secondary Printing Dialog" 
before we can implement the Common Printing Dialog?


>>  In general, though, there aren't all that many boolean
>> parameters, and those that we do have really are orthogonal (linear
>> vs. S-curve contrast adjustment, borderless, and use of gloss enhancer
>> have absolutely nothing to do with one another).
> OK, it was worth a try.
>>>   I would still encourage you to treat the 11 tags not as tabs, but
>>>   to dive into the world of gutenprint and find out what aspects of
>>>   printing really interest your audience. and then assign the
>>>   parameters you have to one or more tags.
>> This is an area we could use some assistance on.  I have no feel at
>> all for UI design.  In general, the best way to utilize my skills in
>> user interface design is to invert whatever I might happen to come up
>> with.
>> I really want Gutenprint to appeal to a very wide range of people,
>> from the "I just want it to work" folks all the way to the hard core
>> fine art (and other) professionals who want to be able to adjust
>> everything for a non-standard ink set and oddball paper.
> For anybody to be able to help you at all, you first need to
> set a clear vision for what the purpose of gutenprint is in
> the printing world of today. And "to appeal to a very wide
> range of people" is not it. You will have to say good bye to
> some old goals. The (linux) printing world has evolved.
> Similar to how GIMP has moved on from 'the sole pixel program
> on linux' to an expert tool that does not aim to please
> casual users.
> I can tell you that when the GIMP team would not have defined
> that vision, and tried to be the tool for "a very wide range
> of people", I would not have got involved.
>     --ps
>         founder + principal interaction architect
>             man + machine interface works
>         http://mmiworks.net/blog : on interaction architecture

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