What is the difference between PaperCut NG and PaperCut MF

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PaperCut NG and PaperCut MF are separate software products. Both are developed by PaperCut Software and share 98% of the same code base. The difference between the two products can be summarized in brief as follows:

  1. Use PaperCut NG for an easy to use, cost effective, print tracking and control solution.
  2. PaperCut MF offers all the same feature as PaperCut NG plus the ability to capture and track off-the-glass copier activity (copy, fax and scan) via hardware-level integration.


FeaturePaperCut NGPaperCut MF
Supports printersYY
Supports all major operating systemsYY
Support printing to networked MFDsYY
Can track and controls off-the-glass usage (copy, fax, scan)NY
Can use swipe cards on MFD’s for authentication and print releaseNY
Supports secure print release and find-me/pull printingLimitedY
BYOD and mobile printing support for all devicesYY
Can be totally implemented by in-house IT staffYN
Unlimited printers at no extra costYY
Self-download and trial (40-days)YN
License cost for each device running embedded softwareN/AY
License cost by number of usersYY
Support has to be provided by the local PaperCut resellerOptionalY
Support for online payment gatewaysYY
Support for 3rd party payment hardware (e.g. kiosk and pay-stations)NY
Support for 3rd party print job release terminalsNY
Support for Job Ticketing for Print RoomsNY
Support for Job Ticketing for FabLabs (3d printing, laser cutting, CNC milling)NY

The PaperCut MF FAQ addresses the differences in a little more detail.

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