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Printers+ source code released (updated)

Posted by Phil Mellor on 22:50, 31/5/2003 | , , ,
 
The source code to Printers+ has been released as open source by RISCOS Ltd. This was originally announced back in September 2002 and, true to their word (and better late than never), the source and some technical documents are now available. Printers+ provides a number of enhanced features over the standard RISC OS Printers application, including support for remote network printers, advanced printer configuration applications. No pre-built version has been made freely available to the public yet (only Select subscribers are provided the latest version) but there's nothing to stop you downloading the source code and building it yourself.

Update: As the sourceforge release covers the Printers+ front-end but not the PDumper back-ends the generated application will not contain the necessary PDumper modules. In order to build a fully working version it is necessary to copy the contents of the Modules and PDumpers directories from an existing copy of Printers+. A skeleton Printers+ application has now been released containing the required extras.

Meanwhile Castle's printer manager has popped up (that's a pun, that is) on RISCOS Ltd's legacy Acorn FTP site. Pop Up Printers builds upon older versions of !Printers offering USB connectivity and simplified configuration, but doesn't have the networking capability of Printers+.

So, thanks to the unique way that RISC OS is funded, we've now got two different printer managers each with unique features. But the fact that Castle and RISCOS Ltd have collaborated to release the pop up version is a good sign politically, and the release of the Printers+ source code provides developers with the necessaries to add the missing features, given the time and inclination.

Link: RISCOS Ltd press release
 

  Printers+ source code released (updated)
  monkeyson2 (01:50 1/6/2003)
  jmb (03:21 1/6/2003)
    rich (09:22 1/6/2003)
      illudium (10:12 1/6/2003)
        monkeyson2 (15:48 1/6/2003)
          illudium (08:33 2/6/2003)
            monkeyson2 (13:04 2/6/2003)
              Hertzsprung (13:12 3/6/2003)
                Hubbard's pschiatris (13:37 3/6/2003)
                  ajb (17:30 4/6/2003)
                    illudium (20:16 4/6/2003)
 
Phil Mellor Message #92297, posted by monkeyson2 at 01:50, 1/6/2003
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Well, I've just tried compiling Printers+. It worked, after a little fiddling (there was a mistake in Castle's !SetPaths.!Run which set the Hdr path incorrectly). Now when I try to run it (using RISC OS 3.1 on Red Squirrel) it complains about me not having various modules - Remote Printer Messages v1.01 for starters. Is this a RISC OS 4 thing?
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JMB Message #92298, posted by jmb at 03:21, 1/6/2003, in reply to message #92297
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I assume you did read the bit of the site saying that it was the front end only and that the backend modules are still closed source...
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Richard Goodwin Message #92299, posted by rich at 09:22, 1/6/2003, in reply to message #92298
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So not really that generous after all?
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David Marston Message #92300, posted by illudium at 10:12, 1/6/2003, in reply to message #92299
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monkeyson2: The Printers+ application built from those sources is not the full application, it's the front-end. It currently needs the contents of the Modules and PDumpers directories from an existing Printers+ installation copying over.
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Phil Mellor Message #92301, posted by monkeyson2 at 15:48, 1/6/2003, in reply to message #92300
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Ah I see. I looked at Printers, not Printers+, for the modules, which explains things. Why can't the PDumpers etc be released as well? Or if not the source, the binaries?
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David Marston Message #92302, posted by illudium at 08:33, 2/6/2003, in reply to message #92301
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I had to check some things first which is why they're not there at the moment, but I'll put up a skeleton Printers+ containing the binaries of the Modules and PDumpers to drop over a Printers+ compiled from source either today or tomorrow. That will give you a full Printers+ distribution.
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Phil Mellor Message #92303, posted by monkeyson2 at 13:04, 2/6/2003, in reply to message #92302
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Excellent. :)
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James Shaw Message #92304, posted by Hertzsprung at 13:12, 3/6/2003, in reply to message #92303
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Sorry, but those icons suck :P
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Hubbard's pschiatris Message #92305, posted at 13:37, 3/6/2003, in reply to message #92304
Unregistered user I don't like it - there should be one official copy of printers or separate fully functionaly copies. Confusing!
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ajb Message #92306, posted at 17:30, 4/6/2003, in reply to message #92305
Unregistered user For those of us without C++, can someone make available a built copy of the source, to which we can add the skeleton Printers+ application ourselves, or is this not allowed ?
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David Marston Message #92307, posted by illudium at 20:16, 4/6/2003, in reply to message #92306
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I don't suppose it would be a problem, but you'd just end up with the same version as supplied with Select at the moment.

Since Printers+ is a working application now anyway, I guess there's no reason why I can't do a release of the current version on SourceForge already if there's interest. (Note: I don't know how well it will work on a non-Select machine at the moment as I haven't had chance to test it)

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