gLabels 2.2.1

gLabels, as packaged in the Ubuntu repositories, has not worked properly for some time. The accuracy of printing was way out making gLabels pretty a non-starter unless you went to the hassle of manually re-aligning every label on a page to account for the inaccuracies.

However, I have been patitently waiting for a new version of gLables to be released. The new development branch completely replaces libgnomeprint with the new GtkPrintOperation and Cairo. The upshot of that is that the printing accuracy issues are resolved.

GetDeb have released .debs for gLabels 2.2.1 that work with Ubuntu Gutsy 7.10. You can either download the .debs from the gLabels page at GetDeb and let gdebi do its thing or do the following from the shell…

wget -c ftp://cesium.di.uminho.pt/pub/getdeb/gl/glabels_2.2.1-1~getdeb1_i386.deb
wget -c ftp://cesium.di.uminho.pt/pub/getdeb/gl/glabels-data_2.2.1-1~getdeb1_all.deb
sudo dpkg -i glabels*.deb

We print a lot of labels at work to identify media for flight recorders, that job just got a whole lot easier. More importantly, I now have a viable address label printing solution for my wife.

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