This is a follow-up to my post of almost two months ago. I have some good
news for at least the more stalwart Epson printer users out there: I just
took an 11" by 56" roll pano print off of my Epson Stylus Photo 1270 printer.
To accomplish this feat, I printed out of the gimp under XWindows on a
Linux-Mandrake 8.0 system using the gimp-print plug-in. The code to make
it work is only available in the most recent release of gimp-print, which
has not made it into the standard Linux distributions, yet. It also
requires a minor modification to the source code. So, it is necessary to
download and compile the gimp-print plug-in from source. It is available here:
I ran into some problems with the UI. It would not allow me to change the
height of the output in the print window. I was forced to make those
changes in the printrc file. This may be specific to Linux-Mandrake 8.0,
the version of GTK that comes with it, or idiosyncratic to my
installation. We are still working on it.
In any case, the 44" length limitation is clearly specific to Epson's
drivers and not the printer hardware. There is some potential for
developments in the distant future which could make printing at >44"
available in other environments.
I also saw a rumor that the current version of the Epson driver for Win2K
supports printing up to 120". I have not yet verified this.
I hope others out there find this useful.
This message is being BCC'd to a number of people who had or are having
similar discussions about the Epson 44" length limit in other forums.