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Old 10-10-2007, 08:14 PM   #1
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Good photo printing software?

I am working on converting my wife from Windows to Linux. She does a number of things that I will need to figure out in Linux, most of them having to do with scanning and printing images to a photo printer.

Currently she uses software that came with our HP photo printer that she can use to print different size (standard photo sizes (3x5, 5x7, 8x10, etc.) photos, and can place them on a single sheet of photo paper for printing.

What software is available in Linux for this type of task?

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Old 10-10-2007, 09:11 PM   #2
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I have the same problem except my wife doesn't want to use linux. The printer companies design these programs work with windows and some maybe mac. That is the one area that linux could use a lot of help in is the inkjet printer drivers and program for printing photos. This would be hard to keep up to date with the way they keep changing models. You can go to these printer company web sites every six months and you won't find the same model number listed for half of the current printers.
Old 10-11-2007, 04:19 AM   #3
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I use OpenOffice.
Insert the photo and then size it however you want. Choose next photo and do same. For some standard sizes you can create a template and then just change the photo that needs to be printed.

It's a bit of work but it gets the job done.
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You just install CUPS and Gutenprint and this works perfectly fine as printer backend for Gimp, Krita and any kinds of image manipulation software.

I assume the clostest simple thing to Win soft would be GtKam, but image viewer like GQview also have the usal photo formats in the printing dialog included.

I assume, one could also add to nautilus, thunar or pcmanfm a default action to jpegs - something like lpr -pyourPrinter plus some parameters.
Old 10-13-2007, 09:14 PM   #5
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I appreciate all of your input so far.

However, this is for my wife, not me. She is not interested in learning too much new stuff, but is willing to try using Linux. (I told her I was not planning to purchase Vista any time soon.)

The software I am talking about came with our HP PhotoSmart 7350 printer. Along with image editing, it has image layouts for printing. So, for instance, you could print a bunch of 3x5's, 5x7's, wallets, etc. on one sheet. It utilized a rather nice drag/drop. The closest I've seen to this is DigiKam, but it provides very limited options in this regard.
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Well, write a handful of scripts with Image Magick and add a nice little GUI to it and you'll have your application.

Or write a Gimp script.
Old 11-01-2007, 09:35 PM   #7
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printing software

The software that does exactly what you want is available, I had it, I used it, I loved it, I lost it. I can't remember the name, I'm still looking, don't give up, it's out there, will let you know if I find it.


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