One thing that’d always bugged me about SMB printing from my Power Mac to the shared Canon S600 connected to my dad’s Windows XP PC was that the print quality had been unsatisfactory: either the colours are “off” or too faded, and no amount of tweaking of print settings helped. (Text printing looks OK though). It looked like, at least where my particular Canon printer is concerned, Gimp-Print drivers simply don’t cut it for graphics. (OS X 10.3 comes with Gimp-Print for printing to some remote printers, among other things).
I did consider attaching the printer to my Mac instead, but I can’t seem to make the space on my desk for the printer. So it seemed that I was resigned to sub-par graphics printing from my Mac (or I’d have to print from the PC every time)….until I came across
It requires the installation of Ghoscript (a freeware) and enabling of UNIX print services on the Windows XP machine, as opposed to the simple “click job” of SMB/Windows printing on the Mac; but the minor hassle is worth the dramatic improvement in print quality! Now graphics printed from my Mac to the shared printer look the way they’re supposed to! Wish I’d found that webpage sooner!