For 17.0, PaperCut have focused on making it easy – easy for SysAdmins and easy for end users. From simple printing from BYOD and mobile devices to the latest in UI design, we’re making PaperCut as easy to use as child’s play.
The addition of PaperCut MF Integrated Scanning for Toshiba MFDs (MDS v3) and Epson Multifunction Devices makes it easy to configure and manage Scan Actions, allowing users to securely scan to authorized email and folder destinations. On Sharp and Kyocera MFDs (and others soon) we’ve added a new optional “Guest Access” button providing easy one-click access to the device under a guest user account. So…let’s get into the detail!
Mobility Print – Make mobile & BYOD printing simple again
As IT has shifted from managed desktops over to BYOD and mobile devices, a whole new set of complexities have appeared. Print environments in particular have felt this, with fragmented solutions needed to support all the different platforms and devices available. Wasn’t technology meant to make our lives “simpler”? That’s why we created Mobility Print! It takes a few clicks to set up, new printers are automatically published, and most importantly, no more support calls about finding print drivers or joining domains!
After brewing in the percolator (under the codename Project Banksia), release 17.0 lifts the curtain on Mobility Print. Building on our existing mobile and BYOD solutions, PaperCut is bringing the simplicity of print management back for SysAdmins – having the software do the heavy lifting so printing “just works” on any end-user device. We’re making it easy!
Mobility Print gives users the choice and freedom to print from whatever device is at their disposal, providing a native print experience across all platforms (iOS, Android, Chrome OS, Windows MacOS). Whether on smartphones, tablets, laptops, or Chromebooks, users can quickly discover and print to any published printer, meaning SysAdmins get more time “playing with infrastructure” rather than dealing with frustrated end users.
And of course, PaperCut will continue to support existing Mobile & BYOD options such as Web Print, iOS printing, Google Cloud Print and Email to Print, providing greater choice for SysAdmins and end users alike. This flexibility is especially helpful if you are encouraging BYOD at your workplace or implementing a 1-to-1 (1:1) laptop program at your school.
As we push ourselves to deliver the latest in technology, we always have SysAdmins, their users, and the overall experience at the top of our mind. Drawing on the latest UI designs and UX workflows, we have refreshed the interface of PaperCut NG and MF to present a more intuitive, clean, and fun new look.
A few changes you will notice straight away are the main navigation menu has moved to the left hand side and the Actions menu is now at the top right hand side. On a high resolution screen, you will be greeted with clearer icons and an actions menu that is always in sight, giving you a warm fuzzy feeling about that 5K screen you just bought. As an added bonus, you’ll now have time for an extra coffee or two with the ability to bookmark your commonly used pages and a quicker way to select or clear admin rights for users.
The refreshed Admin web interface is just one of the modern enhancements we will continue to deliver. With more room on the navigation menu, there is no limit to how many new features PaperCut NG and PaperCut MF can contain!
We’ll be sending out a couple of blogs over the coming weeks telling all the little stories behind the picture. Keep an eye on our blog!
Guest Access on Sharp and Kyocera using PaperCut MF
There are some times when you need to bend the rules! PaperCut MF now allows SysAdmins to easily enable a button on the device login screen authorizing anonymous user access to the device. This provides a quick and easy option for users and/or guests wanting to copy and scan on otherwise restricted devices without logging in or being charged. A nominated user account can be associated to the “Guest Access” button, allowing tracking of all copy, print and scan usage with device-specific and user account configuration.
Getting started on PaperCut NG has never been easier!
While PaperCut NG has one of the best documented products out there, our manual is over 1000 pages long – and we know no-one really likes to read through that many pages no matter how much you like techie stuff! We have developed Getting Started Guides for Windows users to get you up and running quicker! Tailored specifically for Education, Business, and Professional sectors, each guide provides the key information required for a standard install.
Have you heard the story about 150,000 printers being hijacked? Unfortunately, this one was not a joke as many offices discovered earlier this year (read more from the BBC in “Hacker briefly hijacks insecure printers”). Cases like these highlight the increasing importance of printing security – after all printing is a business critical function which handles sensitive information.
PaperCut’s heritage is in education, a tough security environment (students do like to hack!) and security has always been a core value. We’ve now pooled our security knowledge and lessons learnt over the past two decades to bring you a new white paper: Securing your Print System.
This paper provides practical and tested advice on how to secure your print system end-to-end from before a print job is printed, through securing the print workflow, to safeguarding your printed documents.
For the latest on PaperCut’s security, check out the PaperCut security knowledge base article.
To help you digest all the updates, we’ve detailed all features, enhancements and fixes, in the 17.0 Release Notes for PaperCut NG and PaperCut MF.
And of course, the “Fine Print”
If you have a current subscription to Premium Upgrade Assurance, your upgrade to Version 17.0 is already included. Otherwise, one-time upgrades may be purchased via our online order system or through your PaperCut supplier. And hey, added bonus – upgrading now will entitle you to all of the releases in the 17.x series throughout the year!
PaperCutters are always about pushing the envelope and are never interested in business as usual. We therefore don’t want to spit out some lame new years resolution as we statistically know that resolution fulfilment steadily drops down through the months of the year.
Life (and software) do not reset every new years (except back in Y2K), so we shouldn’t just start setting goals for goals sake, just because the calendar has changed over. We believe that chance favours the prepared mind and improving further on what we are already doing is critical. We aim for perfection in everything that we do regardless of the timelines, so instead of making a long list of resolutions, we’ve decided to start the year by investing in the future and inviting selected students from John Monash Science School over for a week to learn what we do, and how we do things here at PaperCut, ask questions and provide a fresh perspective to our mindshare.
We’ve had the privilege of hosting Angi, Josh, Reena, and Will to spend time with us and get exposed to PaperCut’s work and culture. These bright young minds aren’t just your regular students who were randomly picked. They are awardees, rigorously selected, and sponsored by PaperCut to join the 2016 SuperComputing Conference in Salt Lake City UT.
The John Monash Science school have carefully screened students through an essay submission asking about concrete action plans on what they will do in case they win. The selection is then followed by interviews to help decide who shall be awarded a trip to the conference.
SuperComputing experience was nonetheless a great experience for the students as they were glad to report that they were absolutely jumping out of their skins while they were in the helm of super servers and cutting edge VR gadgets. And to quote Reena: “I would stay there 24/7 if I could! It’s awesome!”
While their week at PaperCut HQ as a follow up activity cannot match that level of excitement, we certainly hope the activities we arranged for them compensated in their further discovery and learning.
From creating marketing videos, to tinkering with front end website animation code, to analysing customer engagement rates and sales funnel analytics, their curious minds questioned every detail of what they have seen. Their questions have inspired us to revisit our processes and procedures and go back to basics. PaperCut has definitely benefited from having them around, and we sincerely hope that their experience with us has been worthwhile for them.
Beyond showing them agile software development processes and clean code, we hope that they were able to see our constant commitment to building closer relationships with our customers and resellers, as well as our obsession to constantly push the ante of innovation.
We also hope that they’ve thoroughly experienced our “coffee culture”, that our (good) coffee builds constructive conversations around products and services, which in turn produce better software and solutions that help customers.
So here’s to 2017, stronger relationships, awesome software, and fantastic coffee. We love that you are reading this and please don’t hesitate to reach out if we can help in any way. You’ll be surprised at how we are eager to connect.
In large organizations with many users printing, it’s easy for costs to get out of hand if unmanaged. While the ability to control printing activity can significantly cut these charges, copying costs can still become a concern.
PaperCut MF on Canon devices now supports controlled access to color features in copying. Color copying on Canon devices with AMS can be restricted by user group to help minimise unnecessary color usage and reduce color printing and copying costs.
Existing and new Canon customers
Requires Access Management System (AMS)
Find out more about PaperCut MF for Canon in the embedded manuals on the Portal or the Canon Tour Page.
Prevent jobs from being released to a printer reporting an error
When a printer is in error, confusion and concern can soon follow; print jobs can get lost and refunds might be needed. The support implications can quickly escalate in a busy environment with the need to deal with frustrated users on top of resolving the printer error.
PaperCut NG / MF gives administrators the ability to choose whether or not they want to allow users to release jobs to printers reporting an error, alleviating user concern and reducing administrators’ reactive work created by a printer in error.
A consistent alert is presented across all web-based Release Stations and Standard Release Stations with PaperCut NG, with PaperCut MF extending this feature to supported MFD Release Stations. This alert provides users with the information they need to be able to choose to either release to an alternative printer in a Find-Me environment, resolve the printer error, or simply come back later.
Benefits for customers
Error awareness – Notifies users of device errors and creates alerts in the PaperCut Admin web interface for SysAdmins.
Reduced reactive work – limits print jobs released to a device in error, reducing the queue of stuck print jobs and possible refunds along with alleviating user confusion.
Consistency – The same error message format is shown on the Release Station, no matter what brand of device.
Configurability – Provides SysAdmins with the control to prevent users from releasing to a supported printer reporting an error. Configurable per device for in-built Print Release at the device, or for all web-based Release Stations and Standard Release Stations.
Customers who use Device Release Stations. See supported platforms below.
Larger Education and Enterprise organizations that are susceptible to busy periods.
Customers who offer printing outside of technical support hours.
View Release Notes for a list of Supported PaperCut MF devices and further details.
Taking our printer in error enhancement one step further
PaperCut MF have introduced a solution to manage print jobs released to Samsung devices reporting a hardware fault error. Not only are users presented with an alert at the Release Station prior to releasing their print job, but with PaperCut 16.4 and Samsung Job Purge, users are provided a way to delete jobs that have already been released to a device that is reporting a hardware fault.
You can now configure the start day or date for your weekly, fortnightly, monthly, quarterly, and yearly scheduled reporting periods, using a set of new config keys. The Reports > Schedule / Email Reports page displays the date on which the next report will run.