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Hi Rob, have a question for you, a bit straight ahead but with good reason(s).

What is the final goal of your application ? if succesful then are you going to charge money for it from version X on (x as in undefined yet) or is the goal keeping it free (open source perhaps ?) just as the Gimp and Gutenprint are free applications(/plugin) ?
 

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The platen retracting by itself isnt that hard with the proper relay/circuit setup. Though to me personally it wouldnt be of that much significance opposed to a bugfree application (speaking from a programmer's point of view). Doing subroutines like a retracting platen just distracts from the most crucial aspects, as in development and debugging, all the way up to the first stable beta.

Just my two cents.
 

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The retraction is independent of the software. It's purely mechanical.
Yes, a serious distraction though, programming takes up a lot of time, then comes the debugging, doesnt matter which language. Developing/tweaking the circuitboard/relay to make the platen action happen also takes up a lot of time though to me (personally) it would be less of a priority than the rip as its a luxury thing, very nice to have though not essential whereas the rip software is.

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I have been a professional programmer for over 10 years and hobbyist circuit board clown for about the same period of time so I do know what you are talking about and though the routine of the circuitry pretty much explains itself as the linear concept it is its finetuning/tweaking will take up loads of time.
 

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ray a few questions do you have any experience in c and linux if so i could do with your help on the rip also where do u live

Many Thanks Rob
Hi Rob,

I would like to help you out though I dont know anything about Linux. I have some experience in C/PHP/VB though I'm very rusty as I havent touched it for about 2,5 years now, made a drastic career move as I wanted to move away from living behind computers. I live in the Netherlands.

So the rip is C-based ? and what do you need help with ? and is it entirely oop or procedural ? How many lines of code are we talking about ?

At this point I cant make any promises about anything while I'm very busy with my business (store & webshop) but I'll help out if I can and time permits me.
 

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Thats a valid point but as we say in Holland "my chimney has to keep producing smoke as well", I can only do so much as time will permit me and within that limit I'm willing to help out as much as I am able. I really enjoy programming b.t.w. but the problem is I like it to much at times and the reality of things is I cant let it get in the way of my business, after all one has to make a living first.

I'm curious at the data anyway so whenever Rob is ready to get back here we might be able to join forces, it all depends at the skills required.
 

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the basic program is writen in c# i mainly do .net and web development but the main gutenprint sorce is c for the linux system i have no experience in c or linux so looking for someone to help with that side pm me your email adresse i prob would like to pick your bains about some bits and pieces
I'll send a pm. So if I understand you correctly there isnt any code modifications done on the source code yet ? Anyway, cant help you out with Linux as I have 0 hour experience with it, work never required to. Isnt there a Gutenprint Windows port/fork (source code) available b.t.w. ?
 

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its just ported to windows there is no source code for a windows version and yes you are correct im using a frelly avaliable version of gutenprint what i really want to do is totally bypass the gutenprint interface so you sellect all the settings right in gutenrip main screen
Well, I have no experience running Linux at all and to be honest about this project I fully grasp your enthousiasm and willingness to do something with it but at this stage and without the Windows source code its not doable at all, simply put it would take up to much time to get into it, it would be like the blind leading the blind.

I'm sorry man, there are too many difficulties involved here, my advise to you is to get realistic about it and spend your time and energy on a more suited project.

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