Well, why not? It’s still pretty dark for another hour after I wake up and take out the dogs!
I managed to catch Polaris with this one, though just barely.
It was so clear and cold tonight, I had to get in one shot of the horizon before going to sleep. I can almost get Polaris in with the trees, at 17mm. Anyone want to spring for the 10.5mm fisheye for me?? :-D
Tomorrow I’m going to start using my Flickr account more, so that picture over on the right should change almost daily.
I’m in the process of picking and customizing a new WordPress theme for the blog. My current one is about 5 years old, and isn’t able to take advantage of some of the new features of WordPress.
So if the site looks radically different or even butt-ugly when you visit, I’m just testing out designs.
— Updates —
11/30/2010: As of now, I no longer have the CP1215 and cannot do any further testing or troubleshooting beyond what is on this post and in the comments. The process works for most people, and should continue to do so into the future, at least for Tiger, Leopard and Snow Leopard. I can’t make any promises about Lion next year.
07/19/2010: On the advice of a commenter, added an additional keystroke to the $PATH section for Mac OS 10.4.x that solves the mystery of why some were getting “Ghostscript not installed” errors even after following the instructions.
12/31/2009: Added a section on uninstalling the drivers.
11/23/2009: Added a section detailing how to get around some errors people have been encountering during the process.
09/27/2009: After numerous reports of no printing, I tracked the problem to the new version of the drivers. Updated link to old version until compatibility can be worked out. Added boldface to the code bits to help differentiate them better, and added a donation button for fun and profit.
09/21/2009: Changed some information about downloading XCode, depending on your OS version.
09/07/2009: I received Snow Leopard, and the printer works fine after upgrading. Once I finish downloading XCode for Snow Leopard, I’ll redo the installation process and see if anything has changed.
02/11/2009: A new version of one of the software installs used here causes some printing problems, so I’ve updated to link to the last working version. I’ve also enabled comment RSS, so you can subscribe if you have a question instead of having to check back here to see if I’ve answered.
02/01/2009: I’ve added another section on getting better color management from the printer. This is by far the most popular post I’ve ever made, garnering several thousand hits in the past month, so HP really messed up with this one!
— End updates —
When I moved to Alaska, I bought a bunch of technology equipment for my little home office: an iMac, an Epson scanner, and a little HP Color Laserjet CP1215. I eagerly unpacked it all and set it up after FedEx and UPS delivered everything to my door. I was particularly excited to have my own color laser printer, especially having found a great deal on it from HP. Imagine my dismay when, upon trying to add it to Mac OS X, I could not find any sort of driver for it on my computer. The printer install CD was only for Windows computers. HP’s website only listed Windows driver downloads.
Having spent the last 10+ years of my life working almost exclusively with HP LaserJets and Macs, I was surprised to find that this particular printer was not and would not ever be compatible with a Mac, according to HP. I apparently overlooked that little tidbit of information in the 3 days I spent researching it vs. the other
cheap inexpensive color printers out there, assuming HP would have to be crazy to release a laser printer without Mac compatibility.
Much cursing ensued.
Since then, I’ve been saving everything I want to print as a PDF, opening Windows XP in a Parallels VM, and printing from there. It’s a hassle, and today I reached a breaking point. I created a nifty little business flyer in Pages (I’ll post it later), and the resulting PDF looked totally different than my original design! I needed to print directly from Pages, so I decided to see what Google would bring me. The news was good, if complicated. I’ll post my steps here, with links, for the betterment of humanity.
How to do it:
Note: I’ve only tested this on OS X 10.5 and 10.6 (Leopard and Snow Leopard), so I can’t guarantee this will work if you are on a different version of OS X.
You’ll be installing some Unix-based software, so say hello to the command line!
After it downloads, it will open up and you’ll have to double-click the XCode Tools package installer to start the process. No restart is required.
cd Downloadsand hit Enter.
cd ghostscript(after typing a few characters of the folder name, you can hit the Tab key and it will fill in the rest of the folder name)
tar -zxf nameofdownloadedfile.tar.gzto unarchive them (replace nameofdownloadedfile.tar.gz with the names of the actual files you downloaded).
./configureand hit enter. A lot of text will scroll by. It will eventually stop and hopefully there won’t be any errors.
makeand hit enter. More text, hopefully no errors.
sudo make installand hit enter. It will ask for your password. Enter it. If you don’t have a password set on your account, and you’re running Mac OS X 10.5, you’ll need to set a password in System Preferences: Accounts before this will work.
cd ..to go back one folder, then
cd foomatic-filters-3.0.2into the foomatic-filters folder.
There are many ways to solve this. You can delete the downloaded tar.gz files after you’re sure the folders have been unarchived, you can type out more of the folder name until it is differentiated from the tar.gz file, or as Roger notes in the comments, you can type
cd in the Terminal, then drag the folder icon to the Terminal window and it will fill in the correct path.
make,” and “
sudo make install” steps from before, hopefully receiving no errors!
./getweb 1215and it downloaded the drivers.
sudo make installone last time, and you’re almost ready to go.
sudo make cups. An alternative to this is to just restart your computer.
Now, to get better colors on your prints, you’ll have to change around the color profile for the printer. To do this, print something and in the print dialog box that opens, select “Printer Features” from the third drop-down menu (you may need to click the blue arrow button beside the printer drop-down menu). Here’s what it will look like (click to enlarge):
This is where you can set whether to print in color or black and white, what sort of paper to use, etc. Click on the menu named “Feature Sets,” and select “Adjustments.” This is where you can change how the printer decides how to print colors. These .icm files all contain color management instructions for the printer, and most of them don’t work very well. It was pointed out in the comments that the ones that aren’t specifically labeled for the CP1215 actually work the best, which makes this even more awesome.
I found that the .icm file named “HP 1600/2600 – hpclj2600n-0.icm” gave me smoother gradients in the test photo, but the file named “HP 1600/2600 – ICCFactory1 (default) gave me more vivid colors. If only we could combine their powers and make a super .icm file! Anyway, select the one you want to use.
After you’ve set everything the way you want, you can save it as a preset, so you don’t have to go through and set it all again the next time you print. Just click on the second drop-down menu that probably says “Standard,” and Save As…
Finally, if you’re keen to get a custom color profile made specifically for your printer (even printers of the same production model will have slight variations in printing), you can buy a custom profile from this ebay vendor: fotojimbo’s Custom ICC Profiles.
In my short bit of testing, I have found a couple of caveats:
See, Macs are simple!
If you found this helpful, please consider encouraging me with a donation or even better, buy a photograph (everybody wins!).
This section is specifically for people experiencing an error saying ghostscript isn’t installed during Step 14. Ghostscript is actually installed, but Terminal is dumb and can’t see where it is. Let’s correct that!
sudo pico localand enter your password.
/usr/local/binand do not hit Enter or any other extra keys.
cd(this puts the command line back in your home directory)
export PATH=/usr/local/bin:$PATHand do not hit Enter or any other extra keys.
If you need to delete the drivers, please copy and paste the following command in the Terminal:
sudo rm -r /usr/local/bin/gs /usr/local/bin/foo* /usr/local/etc/foomatic /usr/local/share/ghostscript /usr/local/man/man1/foomatic* /usr/bin/foo2* /usr/share/foo2* /usr/libexec/cups/filter/foomatic*
I was tagged by T at Return to Rural for this little meme, where I post 7 weird/random facts about myself that most people may not know.
1. I find it hard to concentrate when there is any exterior noise. For instance, I started this post 8 hours ago, but postponed it until now because Skippy was in the other room talking on the phone. Now everyone else is asleep, so I can concentrate on writing. Exception: reading. I can read through just about anything.
2. I often feel that I could be better at whatever I’m doing, but my laziness/procrastination/etc. self-destructs my attempts to improve myself. I am working on changing this.
3. I am a wannabe science nerd. Since I can remember, I’ve been fascinated by biology, space, physics, chemistry…everything. Since I can remember, I’ve also been struggling with the effects of #2 up there, so I’ve never gotten very far with science. I started my college career as biology major, but wasn’t in the mindset for more school at that point, and missed an opportunity to go farther (other paths presented themselves, and here I am, so I’m not mad). On Monday, I’m restarting my science education in earnest, as part of my 10 year plan.
4. Using Microsoft Windows causes me acute, physical pain in my brainal area. It is sort of alleviated by being paid to get it working for other people, but primary, daily use is not going to happen.
5. I bite my fingernails, but if I didn’t tell you, you’d never know just by looking at them.
6. I still occasionally entertain the idea that I could have been a pretty good professional baseball player, if I had adjusted my priorities appropriately in high school. See #2. Of course, my knees tell me a different story these days. Mostly: creak creak crunch OW!
7. Sitting in front of a computer all day has rarely given me a sense of accomplishment, yet it’s where I spend a large portion of time. Sometimes I’m working on a project, like a website or a set of photos or a video, but more often I’m just “looking at stuff” with no coherent goals, or playing video games…usually avoiding some sort of work online (like getting around to doing this list, or finishing up my photography site so people can just download my photos already and pay $ if they want signed prints!) or avoiding some sort of work in meatspace (like cleaning the cat box or doing all those dishes). Part of fixing the problem of #2 and succeeding with #3 will be getting better control over my unpaid, undirected time on the ol’ iMac. Less time slouching slack-jawed while following Wikipedia trails or shooting the Combine, more time on focused learning and/or monetarily beneficial tasks. Slack-jawed slouching has its place, but it doesn’t need to take up as much space as it has been.
Now I’m supposed to tag 7 other blogs, but Skippy already got the ones I read, so..uh…who she said!