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ESP Print Pro: The Commercial Cousin to CUPS - page 4

Why Pay Money?

  • January 20, 2005
  • By Carla Schroder

One of the biggest problems with computer printing is that print jobs are too persistent. It's a rare thrill when a frustrated user sends the same print job to a printer a dozen times to no avail, and then it pops out unexpectedly a couple of weeks later. The PDQ print system was created to address this, but it seems to be a dead project. As the author of PDQ wrote "...it means "print, don't queue; ... or perhaps even "printouts die quickly..." In other words, PDQ removes failed print jobs from the queue after 10 minutes, or whatever interval you choose. Which would be a lovely feature to add to ESP Print Pro.

While we're dreaming up a wish list, let's add a more complete, polished graphical interface. The online help could use resizable fonts, and it would be nice if the installer would create menu icons for the various GUI control panels.

To sum up, ESP Print Pro is good choice for users who want commercial support, more and better printer drivers, and easier administration.

So, congratulations and thank-you to Michael Sweet and the gang at Easy Software Products. They have toiled in relative obscurity for a number of years now, and have not received much recognition for their remarkable achievement in building an entirely new, modern printing subsystem from scratch, and getting it accepted as the standard Linux printing system. CUPS made it possible for the fine folks at Gimp-Print and LinuxPrinting.org to write and distribute drivers to a standard platform. Printer manufacturers have a consistent API to write for. If it weren't for CUPS, we might still be banging away on creaky old line printers.

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