foo2hbpl is an open source printer driver for printers that use the HBPL version 2 wire protocol for their print data, such as the Dell 1355, Fuji Xerox DocuPrint CM205, or the Xerox WorkCentre 6015. These printers are often erroneously referred to as winprinters or GDI printers. However, Microsoft GDI only mandates the API between an application and the printer driver, not the protocol on the wire between the printer driver and the printer. In fact, HBPL printers are raster printers that happen to use a very efficient wire protocol. HBPL is just one of many wire protocols that are in use today, such as Postscript, PCL, Epson, ZjStream, etc. This driver uses Ghostscript to perform all of the heavy lifting (image processing). There are five major components to the foo2hbpl printer driver: foo2hbpl2 (the page image to protocol conversion engine of the driver); foo2hbpl2-wrapper (a shell script (compatible with foomatic) that runs ghostscript and foo2hbpl in a pipeline); icc2ps (converts an ICM color profile to a Postscript CRD, which is then fed into Ghostscript before the users Postscript program); foomatic-db (foomatic database entries that describe the supported printers and their options so that printer spoolers know how to access the printer using foo2hbpl2-wrapper); and hbpldecode (a tool for developers to inspect HBPL streams).
Moonshiner is a graphical frontend for Ghostscript's PostScript-to-PDF converter. While Ghostscript (and its wrapper ps2pdf) is a very powerful instrument, it is quite challenging to use its parameters on the command line, especially if you often change the settings as to what kind of color conversion, image resampling, etc. you want Ghostscript to perform. While the author has never used Adobe's Distiller, and thus cannot really compare the two, Moonshiner (as the name suggests) is supposed to be a work-alike for the Linux world (at least GUI-wise, as the actual work is of course done by Ghostscript).
Post Scriptum is a programming language for preparing PostScript documents and programs. The language is procedural, and uses classical control structures (functions, loops, and conditional statements) and commonly known data types (numbers, arrays, strings, and dictionaries). Its syntax is simple, clear, and easy to learn. The compiler translates programs written in Post Scriptum directly to a PostScript file, which can be than executed by a PostScript interpreter (such as Ghostscript), printed, or used as a procset, driver, or library.
Psdfposter can be used to create a large poster by building it from multple pages and/or printing it on large media. It expects as input a PS or a PDF file, printing on a single page. The output is again a PS or PDF file, which may contain multiple pages that together build the poster. The input page will be scaled to obtain the desired size. It is much like poster for Postscript files, but works with PS and PDF, since sometimes pspdfposter does not like your PS files. Psdfposter is a bash script with a Zenity GUI, and requires pspdftool.
JImageView an image viewer with no extra features. It is essentially an image display plus a menu-bar which includes the following actions: Rotate (Clockwise, Counter Clockwise, Rotate Normal); Scale (Zoom In, Zoom Out, Zoom to fit, Zoom Normal); Mirror (Flip Horizontally, Flip Vertically, Flip Normal); Fullscreen display; Slideshow mode; and Print.
Virtual Print Engine Community Edition is a report generator, print engine, and PDF library. It allows you to create documents like reports, forms, drawings, and diagrams on-the-fly by placing objects like text, lines, and bitmaps in any position using function calls. Flexible dynamic layouts are supported. Documents containing tens of thousands of pages can be created with a very small memory footprint. New documents can be assembled from several single documents.
foo2hiperc is a printer driver for printers that use the HIPERC wire protocol for their print data, such as the Oki C3400n and the Oki C5500n. It uses Ghostscript to perform all of the heavy lifting (image processing). There are five major components: foo2hiperc (the page image to protocol conversion engine of the driver); foo2hiperc-wrapper (runs ghostscript and foo2hiperc in a pipeline); icc2ps (converts an ICM color profile to a Postscript CRD, which is then fed into Ghostscript before the user's Postscript program); foomatic-db (foomatic database entries that describe the supported printers and their options so that printer spoolers know how to access the printer using foo2hiperc-wrapper); and hipercdecode (a tool for developers to inspect HIPERC streams).
foo2slx is a printer driver for printers that use the Software Imaging K.K. SLX wire protocol for their print data, such as the Lexmark C500n. This driver uses Ghostscript to perform all of the heavy lifting (image processing). There are six major components to the foo2slx printer driver.
Optar is a software codec that generates 2D bar codes for data storage on paper using a black and white laser printer and scanner. It fits 200kB on an A4 page, uses Golay forward error correction codes to ensure reliability, and can also be used to store data on photographic film.