... because I scanned it using my Ubuntu Operating System!
Yes, my life is really that exciting. I reckon having a physical disability makes me accept that my activities have to be different than normal Canadians, who like to go outdoors hunting, or playing hockey. My thrills aren't nearly so physical - they simply can't be. But this is an accomplishment that make me feel smug. I got both my Epson V500 Scanner and Canon Pixma Pro-100 Printer to work under Linux. Now I don't need to re-boot to Windows-7 in order to scan or print. After being a long time Linux user, and seeing the huge improvements that have come to this platform over the years, I always get a knot in my stomach whenever for various reasons I need to go to the utter bloated chaos that is Windows.
Linux always is under one huge disadvantage compared with Windows or Mac, and that is in the area of hardware support. Linux development is always focused on the "Core" of the system, not the peripherals. In actual fact, this is true of Windows also - Microsoft does nothing to develop the software necessary to make a Canon printer or an Epson Scanner work; but Canon and Epson, and every other hardware manufacturer do! They develop the "Drivers" and other (useless) peripheral software to run each and every device they make under both Windows and Mac, but very seldom Linux. Actually, Epson is one who does put some attention into developing Linux Drivers for their machinery, and that's what saved my bacon here. I simply didn't do enough exploring on the internet to find the three files needed for various versions of Linux to run the V500 Scanner, until today. They call it "iScan", and you need to look here and here to get the three files required. Once I had these downloaded and installed, which by the way is incredibly easy to do with Ubuntu, or any Debian based Linux, my Scanner began to make it's wonderful "whirring" sound as it came to life. The GUI Interface for the Driver is very similar to the one that comes with the machine for Windows, but it does things in a slightly different order, and also actually has more "goodies" in terms of manipulating the look of your final scan, which can mean less Post-Processing downstream.
Now, when it comes to the printer, things are a little different. Canon to the best of my knowledge, has never made Linux Drivers available for their products, and the Pro-100 is a relatively new product, being released just last year. So all Canon Printer Driver development for Linux is left to "the community", meaning the long-hired computer enthusiasts to whom us Linux lovers are forever grateful. The Printer Driver community is called the "CUPS" project, meaning "Common Unix Printer Software" or something like that. Typically, we have to wait patiently a couple of years for them to create new printer drivers; don't forget- these people work for no pay, and live off donations only. So, at first when I tried to install my Pro-100, I didn't have much hope I'd be able to find the right Driver under CUPS, at least not yet. But I did notice they have a Driver for it's immediate predecessor, the Pixma Pro-9000 Mk-II.
All I had to do was Google for a solution, which is how I discovered "Turbo-Print for Linux". They're a little different, in that although they're Linux, they don't work for nothing. They offer you a free 30 day trial, after which you can pay for the Print Driver. It will always be true that paid people work faster, and so, indeed, the Linux Driver for a Canon Pro-100 was added to their list in February of this year. I've downloaded the freebie, and I must say, it works incredibly well. As for paying them, there are two options - a "Pro", for around $35, and a "Studio" for around $75. I wouldn't mind paying the $35, just to be able to avoid going into Windows, but $75 is pretty close to what I saved on buying the printer in the first place, by asking the store to do a price match. You see, when I save money, I like to keep it just that way - "saved". So what's the difference? The Studio-package adds a CMYK (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black) color space in addition to the usual RGB (Red, Green, Blue) standard. Fortunately, the 30 day freebie includes the CMYK option, to help you decide. I printed off two of the same picture, one with RGB and the other with CMYK. I can see very, VERY little difference - maybe a wee bit more shadow detail in the CMYK print, but not near enough to make me want it. However, the Studio version has something that I think I will be wanting in the future - the ability to add additional ICC color space profiles, which allow a printer to self-optimize for various brands of photo paper and canvas. Maybe if I'm going to use an odd-ball media, most likely a photo-canvas, for the odd time I'll be doing so, I can tolerate using Windows for that. Hmmm....
Why am I so hyped on Linux? Because once you discover how fast and smoothly it runs, without the constant churn that Windows does to your hard drive, and there is no constant interruptions when Windows demands that you re-boot right in the middle of you're doing something, not to mention that Linux is virus proof and utterly secure by nature, there's just no going back.
In summary, my film scanning workflow can all be done with these Linux applications from beginning to end now: 1) iScan, 2) the Linux File System, 3)GIMP and / or Photivo, and 4) Turbo Print. I love it when things get simple!
Don't forget to look at my Print Catalogue. You can reach me by email at firstname.lastname@example.org