PaperCut Blog

From University to PaperCut

When I first thought of writing a blog article I wasn’t able to decide the topic for it. Then I thought writing about transition from university to work would be a good idea as every person has to go through this transition and experience the difference.

6-weeks early!

My first son William arrived yesterday. Unlike our planning here at PaperCut which usually run a few weeks behind schedule, my first child has decided to buck the trend and run ahead of schedule. William weighed in at 1.795kb (just under 4 pounds) – very small but strong and healthy. Both Mother and baby are […]

We’re hiring!

Many companies have a Jobs/Employment section on their website. We’re a small company with very low staff turn over and hence rarely advertise positions. We do however have one going right now! Quite a few people subscribe to our blog, so I thought we’d do some shameless self promotion and post the position here:

A turning point – students now want PaperCut too!

One of the students at Colchester Royal Grammar School in the UK emailed me last week to fill me in on one of their recent projects – making their school greener. One component of the project addressed printing and they used PaperCut and its environmental impact feature to draw attention to consumption. You can read […]

Happy Birthday PaperCut!

PaperCut was originally started back in 1999 making it now 8 years old. The code written back in 1999 stood the test of time well and in fact remanent of the original code remain today in the PaperCut Quota. In 2005 we embarked on a project to re-architect PaperCut – the result being PaperCut NG. […]

Moving House

You may have noticed our new top news story – PaperCut’s new home at It’s great to finally have the papercut top level domain. It’s bound to make us more visible (and also looks a little “cooler”!). We’re now redirecting everyone across to the new domain. The process is a little bit like moving […]

Duplicating Printer Config on the Mac

I’ve had a few Mac administrators ask for ideas on how to duplicate/copy printer configuration from one Mac desktop to another. It’s more of a general system administration question rather than an a development area we address here at PaperCut, but it’s an interesting related problem. I’ve written up a knowledge base article that proposes […]

Fire! Quick… run that backup!

Fire has recently affected two of our customers. The first event hit one of our largest customers (a prestigious American University who shall remain nameless to save embarrassment!) running PaperCut in a clustered server array. Equipment failure in the server room resulted in a fire that took down the cluster’s shared storage. Fortunately the database […]

Old software still has legs!

Wow! A customer in China running PaperCut Quota 1.0 (released 3 December 1999) emailed us today asking about upgrading to PaperCut NG 7.3. It’s amazing to think that such an old version is still out there and going strong. 8 years in the software world is a lifetime. A lot has changed since version 1.0 […]

Want to be notified of new releases?

We often get requests from customers that want to be notified when we release new versions. They want to run the latest version to take advantage of all the new features (without having to check our web site every week). So today I added news feeds to the website to notify you as soon as […]

Out with the old and in with the new fun stuff!

After a three month project, we’ve finally released PaperCut ChargeBack 7.0. This is a major release as we’ve based this release of the new PaperCut NG code base. This is a great moment for us developers as it means no more development work using legacy Microsoft development and database technologies. Us “techies” like using the […]

Knowledge Base gets OpenSearch

If you were looking really hard while browsing our knowledge base recently, you might have noticed your Firefox search window glowing. You are using Firefox aren’t you? (get it here) Ok ok, if you’re stuck with IE7 you might have seen it as well. Anyway, the glowing search box is letting you know that there’s […]

A picture is worth … 300k lines of code?

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. In this case it’s worth 300,000 lines of source code! One of the questions we regularly get is, “Is PaperCut under active development? We need to ensure that the system we’re investing is moving with the times.” This is a valid question and a very important […]

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