Installing Canon PIXMA iP2600 printer in Ubuntu 9.04 64-bits

WireframeWhen designing desktop apps, websites, and mobile applications, more than once I have tried using an application like mockingbird or Pencil Project. On one hand, mockingbird, is a web application that can be accessed from any browser and allows you to design multiple pages with different elements. On the other hand, Pencil Project, initially born as a Firefox extension, now has a multiplatform desktop application that allows you to mockup easily.

The drawback I see on these two applications is that for some reason, I always end up making simple mockups with a simple pen and paper. This way I can organize my ideas faster than using these applications. I guess the main reason for this is that I’m not a designer, so to me it is the same doing a shitty design in paper, than a shitty design with an application. Moreover, usually using a computer app for this task I end up spending more time to do the same…

Anyway, the other day I discovered, and the truth is that I was quite impressed by the UI. It is super-easy and fast to use. You just drag the mouse while clicking and voila, you have an item of the size of your selection. You click on the type of item you want and you are done with the item. Even if you want to change attributes, you just have to double click on it, and select the attributes you want to change.

Actually, it is the first time I feel that I do not waste my time doing mockups with an application of this kind. From what I’ve seen, this application is starting, and it still lacks of some functionalities and needs some polishment, but I suppose that those will be added in the future. Even I think this lack of complexity and lack of tons of box types is what makes you go faster.

I think choosing the right tool for a job is a matter of personal preferences and personal needs, but I would recommend trying and taking a look at the other apps I pointed out at the beginning of the post.

Feel free to share any other tool you find useful in the comments 😉

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  1. steve
    20/06/2009 at 6:07 am Permalink

    I have a canon pixma ip2600 printer which i am trying to get working on ubuntu 9.04 and tried to add the driver files from this site, but being a greenhorn and computer illerate i can’t seem to get my printer working. Can anyone help (step by step instructions)?????? Steve

  2. iP2600 ubuntu linux - atraiger
    24/07/2009 at 11:27 am Permalink

    thanks! With this note, I was able to install your canon iP2600 printer in my ubuntu linux )))

  3. Tom
    04/08/2009 at 3:25 pm Permalink

    In the terminal, I get error ______dpkg: error processing –force-architecture (–install):
    cannot access archive: No such file or directory
    dpkg: error processing cnijfilter-ip2600series_2.90-1_i386.deb (–install):
    cannot access archive: No such file or directory
    Errors were encountered while processing:

    I run 9.04 64bit…
    any help is really appreciated!

  4. ronald
    25/08/2009 at 8:33 pm Permalink

    When i tried, i got the following error:

    “dpkg: error processing –force-architecture (–install):
    cannot access archive: No such file or directory
    dpkg: error processing cnijfilter-common_2.90-1_i386.deb (–install):
    package architecture (i386) does not match system (amd64)
    Errors were encountered while processing:
    guser@guser-desktop:~/downloads$ sudo dpkg -i –force-architecture cnijfilter-common_2.90-1_i386.deb
    sudo: unable to resolve host guser-desktop
    dpkg: error processing –force-architecture (–install):
    cannot access archive: No such file or directory
    dpkg: error processing cnijfilter-common_2.90-1_i386.deb (–install):
    package architecture (i386) does not match system (amd64)
    Errors were encountered while processing:

  5. ronald
    25/08/2009 at 9:32 pm Permalink

    i found a modified form of that command and it installed correctly:

    sudo aptitude install -f [package name]

    Do it first for the common file and then for the ip2600series file.
    Now the problem i am trying to solve is why when i send a print job, it is accepted and shows job complete but the printing never happens.

  6. Pau Sanchez
    29/08/2009 at 7:39 pm Permalink

    Hi Ronald,
    I am not an experd in this. I just found a way of making the printer to work for me. If you have installed the driver, but now you have more problems… I don’t know what could be happening 🙁 maybe you should try to find a forum or something about printers to ask specific questions.

    I’m sorry I don’t have any answers for you.

  7. Henrik Nordvik
    16/10/2009 at 6:07 pm Permalink

    Thanks! Printer got autodiscovered by installing the drivers and unplugging and plugging in the printer 🙂

  8. Pau Sanchez
    16/10/2009 at 8:54 pm Permalink

    You are welcome 😉

  9. Luke
    24/10/2009 at 7:09 am Permalink

    Just wanted to say that it worked a treat! Fantastic effort! Thanks! x

  10. Ric
    31/10/2009 at 7:24 pm Permalink

    There’s a typo – it should be two dashes before the force. The web page copies it as one long dash. sudo dpkg -i –force-architecture cnijfilter-common_2.90-1_i386.deb

  11. Pau Sánchez
    01/11/2009 at 3:01 am Permalink

    @Ric you are right, there should be two dashes instead of one. WordPress seem to merge both dashes.

    I just updated the post, and now it should be fine.

    Thanks for reporting the bug

  12. Kelsey
    26/12/2009 at 5:26 pm Permalink

    If you get errors in this process you might need to install libcupsys2. My terminal got angry with me and wouldn’t execute the forced installation until I installed libcupsys2 first. This might be a noob piece of advise (I’m new to Linux) but thought it might be helpful!

  13. wendel
    22/01/2010 at 2:51 pm Permalink

    Pau …. YOU ROCK!

    This worked for me (Ubuntu 8.04/Hardy AMD64, Canon Pixma IP2600)

    I just printed a test page. Looks perfect.


  14. gus
    28/04/2010 at 2:41 pm Permalink

    this worked great for my MX860….THANKS!!!!

  15. johannes TH
    29/07/2010 at 11:25 am Permalink


  16. Colin Young
    06/09/2010 at 1:10 pm Permalink

    I ended up going for the Canon PIXMA MP990. I really love the PIXMA range for a household printer they’re awesome.

    Managed to get drivers from

  17. Johan
    04/02/2011 at 11:04 am Permalink

    In case you get dependency problems with libcupsys2.
    Change dependency to libcups2 using:

    Changed packages installed and worked for me using Ubuntu 10.10 64-bit.

    Good luck,

  18. Pau Sánchez
    21/02/2011 at 1:49 pm Permalink

    Thanks everybody for the comments.

  19. Elizabeth
    11/07/2014 at 10:08 pm Permalink

    Thank you so much. I had tried various methods and forums to get my MX456 Canon to work and work it would not. Finally tried this comparatively simple method with the architecture and it worked!!