Dr. Michael J. Chudobiak
mjc at avtechpulse.com
Thu Jan 4 15:57:21 UTC 2007
Frank Cox wrote:
> We were discussing Linux and he told me that he has a Summa D60U sign cutter
> machine (basically a plotter) and uses a program called Flexi Sign and Corel
> Draw to lay out his signs. He asked me if there was a Linux driver for his
> sign cutter so he could do his layouts with Scribus instead. I said I would
> check on it.
> I can find no reference to Summa-anything on http://www.linuxprinting.org; does
> anyone know anything about this sign cutter machine and its Linux support? He
> said that the machine "speaks" HPGL.
Linux print systems (like CUPS) don't support HPGL directly.
However, if your program can generate HPGL output, you could probably
set up a "raw" print queue so that CUPS dumps the HPGL output "as is" to
Also, you might be able to save HPGL files, and dump them to a parallel
or serial port, depending on your plotter configuration.
I think QCAD, Scribus, Inkscape, VariCAD, and others offer some level of
HPGL support. Varicad is supposed to have plotter support built-in, but
I haven't tried it. (Varicad is not free).
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