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    Phoronix: GNOME's GTK+ Gains Google CloudPrint Support

    A new feature that's landed for GNOME 3.12 is GTK+ now supporting Google's CloudPrint service...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=MTYxODE

  • #2
    That's a very nice feature.

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    • #3
      Heh, it's nice until you see some extremist propaganda rolling out =) .

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      • #4
        But... what does that have to do with GTK+...?
        Wouldn't that be a Gnome-Online-Accounts specific thing? Or something to tell cups "hey, there's a 'printer' here". I don't see why it changed the toolkit :/

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Rexilion View Post
          Heh, it's nice until you see some extremist propaganda rolling out =) .
          Wait.... WHAT? What do you..... how did you even come up with........

          ..... I'm not even going to try to figure out this post/response........

          PEACE! I'm noping right out of this thread..... NOPE.... NOPE....... NOPE(http://media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m6td1lQoKv1qcwic6.gif)

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Daktyl198 View Post
            But... what does that have to do with GTK+...?
            Wouldn't that be a Gnome-Online-Accounts specific thing? Or something to tell cups "hey, there's a 'printer' here". I don't see why it changed the toolkit :/
            I think it involves changes in some widgets... not sure.

            Most of new features of GTK looks to be planned for GNOME future and not for a general use toolkit.

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            • #7
              You can always print-to-file and then upload your file to Google Drive. So what's special about this feature?

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              • #8
                Why Gnome specific?

                I don't see a reason to use a Gnome-Specific printing system when I can just use CUPS system-wide ones:

                Cups Cloudprint Client: http://www.niftiestsoftware.com/cups-cloud-print/
                Cups Cloudprint Server: http://packages.ubuntu.com/saucy/cloudprint

                I prefer IPP, but the Cloudprint ones work with Android much more easily, so that's what I'm doing now.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by sarmad View Post
                  You can always print-to-file and then upload your file to Google Drive. So what's special about this feature?
                  This isn't printing to Google Drive, but using Google Cloud print to print to a printer without the need of installing drivers.

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                  • #10
                    Ah, it's not enough that the NSA gets our phonecalls - they now want to see the pages we print as well

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                    • #11
                      Ya Google Cloud Print has nothing to do with Google Drive. It's a way to expose your home printer on the internet so you can print to it regardless of where you are in the world.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by sarmad View Post
                        You can always print-to-file and then upload your file to Google Drive. So what's special about this feature?
                        It's a service that allows you to connect your printer through the Internet (with Chrome having a built-in client, not sure if you can do the same using other browsers by visiting the service website). That way GNOME may allow users to print things using remote printers connected through Google Cloud Print. I recently discovered that you can install a client called "Google Cloud Printer" on Windows, which tells Windows to treat Cloud Print as a printing device, but that client is not available on Linux. Now we can use it from Linux through GNOME. Basically when you want to print something, e.g. an ODT file in LibreOffice, you can just follow the usual procedure and press Ctrl+P, the print dialog will appear and you can select printers connected through Cloud Print, that's for Windows(I haven't personally tried it though) but I'm not sure if it's the same for GNOME.

                        The "print to file.... Google Drive" the article mentioned is just the common "print to file" function provided by many other platforms(Windows even provides "print to OneNote") that doesn't send your printing information to a printer but instead stores it as a file(which might be useful if you don't actually have the file, e.g. if you want to save a webpage as a static document, but personally I have never needed to use this function), except the file is saved to your Google Drive instead of local storage. Btw there is also a "Print to phone" function that does the same but sends the file to your Android device(if logged into Google). Note that "print to file/phone" produces pdf files.

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