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New and Noteworthy in PaperCut v16.1

PaperCut NG & MF 16.1 – released June 2016

 

A quick overview guide to 16.1. For more detail see Release Notes.

16.1

Maximizing printing uptime

Printing is an essential service in business that is often overlooked until it is not working. IT departments can find much of their time taken up firefighting urgent issues that cause printing to go offline when it’s needed the most, like exam time in a school, or branches with customers waiting.

Imagine if your IT team could receive real-time alerts as soon as any part of the print environment is not working, and be able to anticipate potential issues and avoid the outages all together.

Print System Health Monitoring allows IT departments to monitor their entire print environment using industry standard monitoring tools, such as, PRTG and Zabbix. You might already be monitoring the status of your printers and servers, which can help a lot, but often does not tell the whole story. It’s not just about monitoring individual components, but also the overall system usage.

Health-Monitoring

The Print System Health Monitoring interface linked to a monitoring tool, showing a device/printer in error.

With the Print System Health Monitoring interface you can:

    • trigger alarms as soon as outages occur rather than waiting for someone to report an issue
    • put charts on your dashboard to monitor real-time printing activity to identify changes in printing behavior
    • monitor trends in printing resources and usage over time so you can plan for expansion to address bottlenecks before they occur.
    • monitor printer and device inactivity

More resources:

PaperCut Manual: Print System Health Monitoring
Knowledge Base: Advantages of print monitoring
Knowledge Base: Supported monitoring tools


Updated PaperCut MF release cycle

So, you’re looking for the absolute, most recent stuff from PaperCut for your multi-function devices? We want to work with you!

You may already be familiar with PaperCut’s Early Access program. Taking on Early Access makes you a part of the inner circle, working more closely with support teams (with a dedicated email address) and software developers with access to all of the latest features on offer.

From version 16.1, PaperCut MF will be released initially as Early Access. We anticipate removing PaperCut MF from Early Access in late June.

Release-process-Public

The PaperCut NG release cycle remains the same, and is available now. You can get started today by downloading the 40-day trial.

Within each release number, PaperCut also issues enhancements, fixes and patches. From 16.1 we’re changing the name from Bug Fixes to Maintenance Releases which more accurately reflects the updates to PaperCut NG and PaperCut MF.


Secure password encryption

As industry standards around password protection are continuously evolving, we have updated encryption for internal users to offer increased levels of security.

Passwords within PaperCut NG and MF are now stored with the latest encryption algorithm.

PaperCut NG and MF do not store passwords for users imported from Active Directory or LDAP.


PaperCut MF interface refresh on Toshiba

The PaperCut MF interface has been refreshed for Toshiba e-STUDIO.

PaperCut MF updated for Toshiba e-BRIDGE, LeSF and Next series

Toshiba e-STUDIO MFP running PaperCut MF

The following Toshiba e-STUDIO device platforms will now be supported by PaperCut MF 16.1:

  • e-BRIDGE Next
  • e-BRIDGE X
  • e-BRIDGE 3
  • LeSF

For user stories and updated models, see the Toshiba Tour.


Want to know more?

To help you digest all the updates, we’ve detailed all features, enhancements and fixes, in 16.1 Release Notes for PaperCut NG and PaperCut MF.

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Bring back the dot matrix!

If you worked in an office or school during the nineties, the whirring of a dot matrix printer will be as familiar as a fax machine transmission or dial up modem tone. While some delivery environments still use this impact technology for two part forms and multipart waybills, the old dot matrix brings us back to a simpler time.

Have you ever thought about bringing back the dot matrix after your umpteenth paper jam, out of toner phone call, or print error message holding up tens of prints from being released?

Share your funniest print story with us, whether it was those hundreds of prints on the copier, or just proving to the overlords that you were right about wasting IT budget on paper. The top stories will win a retro Bring back the dot matrix t-shirt.

Labman-tshirt-Matt

And we promise, all names will be withheld, so you don’t have to identify yourself (unless of course your full name is in your comments) Get in touch below, names can be changed to protect the innocent.

To get you in the writing mood, watch one of our favorite dot matrix videos. Old dot matrix printers never die, they just make awesome music.

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Melbourne Knowledge Week and some Raspberry Pi

Guiding partners through the PaperCut application by day, and occasional technology coach at the weekends. Recently I doned the PaperCut t-shirt and got down to programming with kids and adults of all ages using Raspberry Pi and Minecraft at Melbourne Knowledge Week. The event was held by the City of Melbourne here in Victoria to celebrate and encourage local innovation and technology.  

MelbourneKnowledgeWeek2016

Supported by PaperCut, Melbourne Connected Hackerspace (and other Australian maker groups), a great day of teaching and demonstrations about the Internet Of Things (IoT) and other cool technology was had. With all the work PaperCut do on MFD programming and mobile and BYOD, IoT is becoming more and more important to us, so it makes sense to encourage a better understanding of these types of technology. Someday we all want to retire so we’ll need some clued up youngsters like those picture above to take over!   

I set up some Raspberry Pi’s as part the activities that people could try out. As well as programming a game in a Minecraft with Python that really peaked interest. Attendees built robots, flew drones and got basic soldering skills. The day was completely run by volunteers and was free to attend.

For more, watch the video highlighting our workshop, and see if you can spot the coffee promoting PaperCutter.

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