The second beta release of PAPPL v1.1 is now available for download. PAPPL v1.1 adds support for Wi-Fi configuration, IPP-USB, printer driver lookup and auto- add functionality, improves management of multiple printers, and adds support for Microsoft® Windows® 10 and higher.
The OpenPrinting group of the Linux Foundation had a session at the 2021 (virtual) Linux Plumber’s Conference yesterday. I led a discussion about the upcoming CUPS 2.4 release, next year’s planned CUPS 2.5 release, and 2023’s planned CUPS 3.0 release which will (finally) eliminate printer drivers on Linux. Till presented developments in printer management and packaging on Linux, print dialogs, and printer applications. And Bhavna talked about her Google Summer of Code work to extend PAPPL with scanning support.
I recently got some push-back on my latest beta releases, specifically on the format of my version numbers (1.0b1 for PDFio, and 1.1b1 for PAPPL). I’ve been using this scheme for many years now, and it is hardly unique. What follows is a short summary of the history, standards, and best practices for version numbers…
The first beta release of PAPPL v1.1 is now available for download. PAPPL v1.1 adds support for Wi-Fi configuration, IPP-USB, printer driver lookup and auto- add functionality, improves management of multiple printers, and adds support for Microsoft® Windows® 10 and higher.
PDFio 1.0b1 is the first beta release of PDFio.
I had the privilege of being a guest with Till Kamppeter on this month’s Ubuntu Desktop Team Indaba to talk about open source printing - the early history, where we are today, and where we are headed. Be sure to check out the video and the OpenPrinting web sites for more information and links to all of the projects that are being worked on.
RasterView 1.8 includes some minor improvements and bug fixes. Changes include:
PDFio is a simple C library for reading and writing PDF files. I’ve been working on it sporadically for the last few weeks to prototype some new printing features and support a future version of HTMLDOC. The primary goals of PDFio are:
PDFio is not concerned with rendering or viewing a PDF file, although a PDF RIP or viewer could be written using it. And while it is far from complete, the current code is sufficient to manipulate PDF files and create page content.
I’m providing PDFio under the Apache License Version 2.0 with an (optional) exception to allow linking against GPL2/LGPL2 software.