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Printer & Scanner

Unix printer compatiblity database listing  - The OpenPrinting database contains a wealth of information about specific printers, along with extensive driver information, the drivers themselves, basic specifications, and an associated set of configuration tools. You can find all the printer information from the printer listing page. and you can find all the driver information and the drivers from the driver listing page.

LPRng  - is an enhanced, extended, and portable implementation of the Berkeley LPR print spooler functionality. While providing the same interface and meeting RFC1179 requirements, the implementation is completely new and provides support for many features.

CUPS  - The Common Unix Printing System or CUPS is the software you use to print from applications like the web browser you are using to read this page. It converts the page descriptions produced by your application (put a paragraph here, draw a line there, and so forth) into something your printer can understand and then sends the information to the printer for printing. Now, since every printer manufacturer does things differently, printing can be very complicated. CUPS does its best to hide this from you and your application so that you can concentrate on printing and less on how to print.

X Printing Panel (xpp)  - is a completely free (under GPL) tool for easy choosing of the desired printer out of a list of all available printers and for setting printer options by an easy-to-use graphical user interface.

Apsfilter  - is the number one magic filter for printing under Unix environment. Apsfilter runs on all flavours of Unix which have at least the original BSD compatible lpd(8) or LPRng installed as line printer scheduler.

Gutenprint  - (formerly called Gimp-Print) is a package of high quality printer drivers for Linux, BSD, Solaris, IRIX, and other UNIX-alike operating systems. In many cases, these drivers rival or exceed the OEM drivers in quality and functionality. The goal is to produce the highest possible output quality from all supported printers. To that end, the Gutenprint developers have done extensive work on screening algorithms, color generation, and printer feature utilization. They are continuing their work in all of these areas to produce ever higher quality results, particularly on the ubiquitous, inexpensive inkjet printers that are nonetheless capable of nearly photographic output quality.

Ghostscript, Ghostview and GSview  - Home Page for Ghostscript, an interpreter for the PostScript language and for PDF, and related software and documentation.

XWtools  - are designed to provide a better quality and to enable more comfortable printing of images under Unix systems. Printers from different companies may be used (HP, EPSON, Canon).

HP Linux Imaging and Printing (HPLIP)  - HPLIP is an Hewlett-Packard developed solution for printing, scanning, and faxing with HP inkjet and laser based printers in Linux. Chances are, your Linux system already has the HPLIP software installed. That's because all major Linux distributions regularly pick up the HPLIP software and include it with their distribution installation. However, if it is not installed or you need to upgrade to a newer HPLIP version to support your printer, you've come to the right place. On this website you can download the HPLIP softrware which supports 1,686 HP printers on nearly any Linux distribution available today. You can also find answers to many of your questions within the new knowledge base, or post a question on the Get Help page when you can't find the answer directly.

Brother Linux Drivers.

Epson drivers  - "Avasys Download Service for Linux". Here you'll find drivers for some Epson Inkjet Printers, Laser Printers and Scanners.

Canon Software Center  - Canon Software for: Printers, Large Format Printers, Multifunctionals, Office Print & Copy Solutions, Professional Print & Copy Solutions, Scanners, Personal Copiers, Camcorders, Cameras, Document Imaging Systems.

Canon Printer Linux Drivers  - Canon's japanese download site (by the way: Pixus = Pixma).

Canon Printer Linux Drivers  - FTP Directory.

Canon Bubble Jet Print Filter  - This drivers page is part of the original Japanese Canon website. It seems, that the Canon Linux drivers are available only there.

TurboPrint  - offers new functions and additional programs. TurboPrint makes it possible to use the latest color printers with Linux. It is designed to produce maximum quality photo prints as well as high-speed text documents. Printer set-up and configuration is as simple as on Windows or MacOS. TurboPrint is a high-quality printer driver system for Linux built on existing standards (lpr or CUPS printer spooler, ghostscript interpreter for Postscript) thus achieving easy integration and maximum compatibility with existing applications. Includes drivers for almost every Canon, Epson & HP and many Brother printers (see supported printers).

TurboPrint  - bietet eine Fuelle an neuen Funktionen und Zusatzprogrammen! Das Drucksystem ist nun weit komfortabler zu bedienen - und auch die Druckqualitaet wurde weiter optimiert. TurboPrint ermoeglicht den Einsatz moderner Farbdrucker unter Linux. Mit TurboPrint erzielen Sie sowohl die bestmoegliche Druckqualitaet bei fotorealistischen Ausdrucken, als auch eine schnelle Ausgabe von Text-Dokumenten. Drucker-Einrichtung und Konfiguration sind durch grafische Menues genauso einfach wie in MS Windows. TurboPrint unterstuetzt fast alle Canon, Epson & HP und viele Brother Drucker (siehe unterstuetzte Drucker)

Libinklevel  - Libinklevel is a library for checking the ink level of your printer on a system which runs Linux. It supports printers attached via parallel port or usb. The current stable version supports printers from HP, from Epson and from Canon.

Ink  - Ink is a command line tool for checking the ink level of your printer on a system which runs Linux. It makes use of libinklevel.

Primera Technology  - the world's leading developer and manufacturer of CD, DVD, and Blu-ray Disc duplication and printing equipment, announced its support of Linux printing on its Disc Publisher II, Disc Publisher Pro, Disc Publisher XR and Disc Publisher XRP.

SANE  - stands for "ScannerAccessNowEasy" and is an application programming interface (API) that provides standardized access to any raster image scanner hardware (flatbed scanner, hand- held scanner, video- and still- cameras, frame- grabbers, etc.). The SANE API is public domain and its discussion and development is open to everybody. The current source code is written for UNIX (including GNU/Linux) and is available under the GNU General Public License (the SANE API is available to proprietary applications and backends as well, however).

VueScan  - is a scanning utility that works with most high- quality flatbed and film scanners to produce scans that have excellent color fidelity and color balance. A free trial version is available.

Linux Drivers for Handheld Scanners  - This is a list of drivers for hand scanners available for Linux.

Brother Linux Scanner Driver Homepage  - Brother is now developing drivers which are designed to work on Linux distributions, Red Hat, Mandriva (Mandrake), SuSE, Debian, Fedora Core, MIRACLE LINUX and Turbolinux.

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