Mitsubishi CP-W5000 (and other updates)

Not unlike the last time I wrote about anything printing-related, it's been a while. Most of my attention has been spent on meatspace tasks (like finishing the tick farmhouse!) but it's now time for a status dump.

The main news is full support for the Mitsubishi CP-W5000, including both sets of cutters and duplexing support. This printer was Mitsubishi's swan song before their exit from the printer business, and brings aobut the end of an era.

Also gaining proper support is the old Fujifilm ASK-2500 aka the Nidec Copal DPB-7000. It turns out it uses the same command language as the older Sony models, so there's clearly some shared ancestry. The ASK-2000 (DPB-6000) and ASK-4000 (DPB-4000) will benefit from this, and should JustWork(tm) once I get the USB VID/PIDs for them.

The minilab-focused DNP DS480 and DS680 models were added as variants of the Mitsubishi CP-D70 family. I've never seen one for sale on its own, but one can still find media on eBay.

All of these additions were done without physical access, relying on interested third parties to provide sniffs and testing, so I don't have any first-print photos to show for any of these.

Preliminary support for the HiTi P310 and P320 series also landed, but in true HiTi fashion they're different enough from everything else that more development is needed before printing is expected to work. This was done in anticipation of someone sending me these printers, but they ghosted me.

Also added is preliminary support for the Fujifilm ASK-400, a rebadged version of the Citizen CX-02 (and DNP DS620). Once I get the requisite USB IDs it should JustWork(tm).

For existing printers, the HiTi P520/P525 and P461 saw notable improvements, and the older Canon SELPHY CP models landed a fix for a serious regression that prevented printing on most media types. Bringing up the rear is the ability to update the firmware of most DNP and Citizen models (and their various rebadged variants).

Looking to the future, there's still quite a long todo list on my issue tracker, but most of those tasks are on hold as I simply lack access to the the printer hardware or are basically an exercise in hardcore binary reverse engineering.

Along those lines, if someone from inside HiTi or Kodak Alaris could get in touch with me with documentation that would help out a great deal, but barring that, the best way to help is to send a printer my way, preferably with some money tucked into the box.

Happy Printing, folks!

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