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Ink saver
« on: April 19, 2013, 03:31:48 pm »
In windows XP I used an ink saver which saved me a lot of money by using far less ink. Is there one for Linux Ubuntu 12:10 ? An ordinary print out typical print out uses about one third for the same quality of print.  I use a Canon MX420 but ink savers for Windows printers are universal.
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Re: Ink saver
« Reply #1 on: April 19, 2013, 05:00:00 pm »
I don't think there is such a thing .. if the driver supports it just turn down the DPI (dots per inch) .. which is probably all Windows inksaver software does anyway (I can't see what else it *could* do).

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Re: Ink saver
« Reply #2 on: April 19, 2013, 09:57:56 pm »
According to their website (assuming I'm onto the right program)

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Unlike printing in Draft mode, InkSaver lets you reduce the ink you’re using while still printing at a high resolution. A printer typically uses bigger dots and prints at a lower dpi (dots per inch) resolution when printing in Draft mode. With InkSaver, you can print at your inkjet’s highest dpi resolution, using small dots – and because it intelligently reduces the amount of ink laid down on the page, it can reduce ink consumption without noticeably impacting print quality.

This is a proprietary program and from what I can find out available for Windows only and no Linux alternative I can find

it might work in wine but I personally don't know enough about that to form an opinion


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Re: Ink saver
« Reply #3 on: April 19, 2013, 10:27:14 pm »
Highly unlikely to run in WINE .. the printing subsystem is COMPLETELY different.

Oh, and I don't believe a word of that marketing gumph.

AFAIK, the ink drop size is a built in function of the print head dimension .. ink is heated till it boils and as it bubbles it's deposited from the print head .. beyond changing elevation/pressure you cannot adjust the way a liquid boils (and as far as I know they rely on the fact that's a constant)) .. so it seems to me (as the print head moves at a constant rate) the only way you could make a difference is to create the same size bubbles at a different rate/frequency .. which would be DPI

I must add I'm no expert in the way inkjet printers work .. so could be totally wrong .. I'm just not convinced it's possible to adjust drop "size" from a given dimension of print head .. drop "frequency" (DPI) is a different matter.

If I'm wrong and there are any inkjet tech experts out there .. feel free to put me straight :)

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Re: Ink saver
« Reply #4 on: April 19, 2013, 10:43:21 pm »
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I must add I'm no expert in the way inkjet printers work .. so could be totally wrong .. I'm just not convinced it's possible to adjust drop "size" from a given dimension of print head .. drop "frequency" is a different matter, but that would be DPI

I know even less than you do but apparently the program also has a calculator to tell the user  how much their saving but I can't find out what they base their calculations on and as this is a closed source program no one with any coding knowledge can have a look and find out

So how does anyone really know what they're saving (if anything) other than by what the calculator is telling them, which I would guess is coded wildly in the developers favour, but maybe that's just my cynical mind  :)



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Re: Ink saver
« Reply #5 on: April 19, 2013, 11:42:00 pm »
Half the DPI .. half the ink .. easy calculation :)
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Re: Ink saver
« Reply #6 on: April 20, 2013, 06:59:08 am »
I think pdf files use less ink, though I am not certain of it.  I know that they take up less space which allows them to be sent quicker as attachments when emailing.  So pdf's should print with less ink.  If everything could be changed to pdf's then that would be the answer.  Is there a way to convert everything to pdf ?.
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Re: Ink saver
« Reply #7 on: April 20, 2013, 07:13:30 am »
In Libre Office you can easily export your document to PDF before printing
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Re: Ink saver
« Reply #8 on: April 20, 2013, 08:33:20 am »
Does printing pdf use less ink than other files like jpeg and bitmap ? 
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Re: Ink saver
« Reply #9 on: April 20, 2013, 09:39:48 am »
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Does printing pdf use less ink than other files like jpeg and bitmap ?

I really don't know but to be honest I can't see any reason why printing a PDF file should use any less ink than any other format like for like.

But I maybe wrong (wouldn't be the first time) :)



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Re: Ink saver
« Reply #10 on: April 20, 2013, 09:47:29 am »
I think pdf files use less ink, though I am not certain of it.  I know that they take up less space which allows them to be sent quicker as attachments when emailing.  So pdf's should print with less ink.  If everything could be changed to pdf's then that would be the answer.  Is there a way to convert everything to pdf ?.

I'm hoping that's a joke ?

Kinda like saying "turning down the brightness on your monitor before printing will save ink"  :o

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Re: Ink saver
« Reply #11 on: April 22, 2013, 06:46:33 am »
Read somewhere they certain fonts use a lot less ink. But that's only useful if writing a letter to send by snail mail.
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Re: Ink saver
« Reply #12 on: April 22, 2013, 11:58:42 am »
Yeh .. don't use large BOLD fonts  :o

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And sure .. email saves a ton of ink ???

As does using fewer words, and lots of acronyms .. SMS .. and the phone ;)
(though if using the phone, be sure not to talk too fast or the words may get stuck in the wire .. this is less of a problem with optical fibre, as it's easy to see where the blockage occurred, and stuck words can be cleared by laser)

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Re: Ink saver
« Reply #13 on: April 26, 2013, 10:28:40 am »
Most of my printing (simple documents) is in black and I save quite a lot of ink by changing the colour to 70% Grey - or 60% if I'm feeling particularly mean.
Though my sight isn't perfect I have no difficulty in reading the resulting script.   
I found that I can set the default text colour in the Tools/Options menu, and one can change the default colour/shade of many other items, too. 
I hope this helps others who are equally mean!

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Re: Ink saver
« Reply #14 on: April 26, 2013, 01:16:45 pm »
That's useful information.  Considering the price of printer ink, it pays to be mean. I have noticed that windows XP (and probably the other windows) uses a lot less ink than Linux Ubuntu, even without an ink saver. I think this should be something the linux programmers should look into as a downloaded extra for an ink saver.  It should pop up wherever there is a command to print.  Whoever does it will be loved by everyone. Please don't charge for it.
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