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Plan and get started with PaperCut Hive and Pocket

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Getting onboarded

Just like a car comes with a weighty car manual, PaperCut Hive and Pocket are documented fully documented, too. However, also just like a car where 90% of people just jump in it and drive, there’s really no need to read the whole thing unless you want the extra techy goodness.

The PaperCut Pocket and Hive onboarding experience is as informative as possible and will lead you to the important things to do and set up. In addition to that, helpful little ‘?’ icons in the interface provide hints and tips on features or settings that need a few more words.

1. Are you ready?

Take a look through the product pages for PaperCut Pocket or PaperCut Hive to get an idea of what each product can do. There’s also a handy feature comparison of PaperCut’s products, including PaperCut Pocket, PaperCut Hive, and PaperCut NG / MF, over on the PaperCut product feature comparison page.

Check your organization meets the system requirements.

2. Get an invite

Once you’re ready to get up and running, there are two paths depending on the product you’re using:

  • PaperCut Pocket - use the Start Free Trial button to try it out!

  • PaperCut Hive - use the How To Buy button which helps us to put you in touch with the right partner in your local region.

3. Set up your account (once you’re in the club!)

Once you have access to either PaperCut Pocket or PaperCut Hive, you’ll get an email to let you know that you can sign up using the PaperCut Pocket or Hive sign-up forms.

This is the bit where you create your PaperCut Pocket or Hive account and password!

  • PaperCut Pocket Sign Up - enter your name, work email, and set up a password. If you’re on the approved list, you’ll then be able to log into Pocket!

  • PaperCut Hive Sign Up - enter your name, work email, and set up a password. If you’re on the approved list, you’ll then be able to log into PaperCut Hive!

4. Set up your organization

At this point you’re eager to get your printers set up, get your users added, and start printing. You’re not left alone though - the admin console has plenty of guidance and the manual’s always here to help. To start with, you’ll need to: 

What then?

By this point, you’ll have explored the admin console, added yourself as a user (so you’ve experienced the onboarding steps first hand!), and successfully sent your first print job.

You know your users and your environment far better than us, but we do have a few recommendations on what to do next. You can also go freestyle here!

Check out the rest of the manual

Have a skim through the other pages in the PaperCut Hive and Pocket manual. Maybe start with Manage your print environment and Configure features.

Customize your print environment

  • Get comfortable with the system, and customize it to what is best for your organization:
  • Set up optional super nodes that you think you might need, for example, for increased resiliency or for users who print from iOS.
  • Decide whether you want to enable the Cloud Node for increased redundancy and to enable printing from devices not on your local network.
  • Configure your Secure Print Release options to determine how your users can release their print jobs. If you’re wanting to use release methods that need a QR Code, print labels for your printers .

Customize your new user experience

Customize your new user experience for people at your organization, through the customizing the sign up process options. You’ve got plenty of options for customizing the messaging that goes to your users, and also auto-approving signups from certain email domains.

Send your users an invite to print using PaperCut Hive or Pocket

Send out your invitations! Your users are waiting for this easier way to print!

  • Think about rolling out the new printing system to a subset of trial users first.
  • Put posters up in common areas, or use email communications to talk about the change and positive things that users will be able to do - like releasing their print job from any printer, or being able to change the number of copies or print settings after printing it!
  • Check in with the trial users to see how things went and find out what improvements you can make before rolling out to the rest of your organization.

Sit back and enjoy easy printing and cloud print management.


How do I get a PaperCut Pocket account?
If you’re not already on the ‘approved list’, head over to  PaperCut Pocket to try it out!
How can I organise a PaperCut Hive trial?
PaperCut Hive just like PaperCut MF is sold and supported by our global network of certified resellers and partners. Please reach out to us, let us know your story and let’s talk about the best way to get PaperCut Hive in your hands.