[Desktop_printing] Update of the Printing Summit Agenda
mike at easysw.com
Wed Jan 11 09:46:25 PST 2006
Till Kamppeter wrote:
> Here is the originally suggested agenda with some points mentioned on
> the mailing list added:
> John Cherry wrote:
>> The starting point for the Open Printing Summit agenda is:
>> 1. Making printing user friendly - it should just work
>> * Usability
>> * Consistent methods for printing, job handling, and printer
> * "Printing as a desktop service" - non-native apps and apps
> from ISV should use standard printing dialog from KDE/GNOME
> (Kurt Pfeifle)
>> 2. Hardware support
>> * Drivers and PPDs, preferably from printer manufacturers and free
>> * Plug and Print (not plug and play; plug the printer and play for
>> hours with different drivers)
>> * Auto-download and auto-install of drivers
> * Certification of printers working with distros (Waldo Bastian)
Also reference previous quicky form I posted...
>> 3. OpenPrinting.org implementation
>> 4. CUPS 1.2 integration with desktops, apps, drivers, distros, etc.
> 5. Transition of job transfer format from PS to PDF (Till Kamppeter,
> Mike Sweet)
> + More portable
> + High color depth, color management
PostScript also supports high color depth and color management,
just not as easy...
> + Easy post-processing (N-up, booklet, scaling, page reordering,
> + Transparency support
PostScript also supports transparency, it just isn't as easy...
> + Smaller files
> + Better interoperability with Mac OS X
> ? Free software support: GhostScript vs. XPDF (how well
> maintained? Is newest software version free?)
> - Free software has to implement all new features which Adobe is
> adding to PDF, PostScript is "finished".
PDF is also used for international standards and printing/prepress;
we could just standardize on a particular version of PDF (e.g. PDF/is)
rather than chasing the latest version of PDF.
- PDF is already supported by CUPS
- Current path for PS printers is: pdftops -> pstops -> printer
- Future path for PDF-capable printers is: pdftopdf -> printer
- Current path for raster printers is: pdftops -> pstops ->
pstoraster -> printerdriver -> printer
- Future path for raster printers is: pdftoraster -> printerdriver
- Add discussion of job ticket stuff, and embedding them in PDF.
I can do a presentation on this...
> 6. Modularizing built-in drivers of GhostScript (Till Kamppeter)
> + Easy change of printing workflow without loosing hardware
> support (exchange renderer version, transfer format, simplified
> workflow for embedded ...)
It is worth noting that this can be done over time - the existing
driver will still work in the short term without changes...
> 7. Did I forget anything important which we discussed on the list?
> - Please post ASAP
> - Please mention on phone meeting
- Writing printer drivers - CUPS DDK, IJS, etc?
Michael Sweet, Easy Software Products mike at easysw dot com
Internet Printing and Document Software http://www.easysw.com
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