Re: [Gnome-print] Re: [Gimp-print-devel] An introduction to gnome-print(fwd)

On Fri, 9 Jun 2000, Robert L Krawitz wrote:

>    From: Federico Mena Quintero <>
>    Date: 09 Jun 2000 13:24:13 -0500
>    An application, using the gnome-print drawing API, generates metafile
>    data that gets piped to a print server process.  This can run on the
>    same box as the application or on a printer-controlling machine at the
>    other end of the office.
> ...
> Now this proposal makes sense.  I still think it would be better to
> work with Adobe to improve Postscript, but that's a relatively minor
> point.  If Postscript isn't powerful enough for your needs, and you
> really need a better file format, at least this proposal clearly
> separates server from client functionality.
>    For all I care,
> Precisely the point.
> 		   the print server process can be a CUPS-provided thing
>    or something equivalent.
> It appears to me that your proposal is as follows:
> Application prints to Caanvas
>     Caanvas layer generates metafile
> 	Metafile is sent to print system
> 	    Print system feeds metafile through rasterizer
> 		Rasterizer output gets fed through back end printer driver
> Is that correct?

This is one variant of pipeline. You can just redirect all steps, starting
from 1.

Bitmap rasterizer plugs to point 1.
Screen preview plugs to point 1.
Bonobo component preview plugs to point 2.
You can redirect 2 to beginning of pipeline.


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