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July 05, 2018, at 09:00 PM by Aaron Pouliot - Added category Watermarking
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!!!NOTE
This article is about watermark and separator pages that already in print jobs before PaperCut processed them. Watermarks inserted in print jobs by PaperCut are discussed below.

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PaperCut, as of version 10.5, supports watermarking (and digital signatures) as a core feature.  See the [[https://www.papercut.com/products/ng/manual/ch-printer-mgmt-watermarking.html | manual ]] for details.
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!!Can PaperCut do watermarking or burst pages?

PaperCut takes a passive approach to print monitoring and control, and modifies print jobs as little as possible.  This ensures the maximum compatibility with the widest variety of drivers. Additionally, watermarking and burst pages are generally either features of the print driver or operating system. 

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* PaperCut should never prevents watermarks that were in print jobs before PaperCut processes them from printing.
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* PaperCut should never prevent watermarks that were in print jobs before PaperCut processed them from printing.
August 24, 2010, at 04:04 AM by peter - Added section on PaperCut watermarking
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!!!NOTE
This article is about watermark and separator pages that already in print jobs before PaperCut processed them. Watermarks inserted in print jobs by PaperCut are discussed below.

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PaperCut takes a passive approach to print monitoring and control, and does not actually modify print jobs in any way.  This ensures the maximum compatibility with the widest variety of drivers. Additionally, watermarking and burst pages are generally either features of the print driver or operating system. 
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PaperCut takes a passive approach to print monitoring and control, and modifies print jobs as little as possible.  This ensures the maximum compatibility with the widest variety of drivers. Additionally, watermarking and burst pages are generally either features of the print driver or operating system. 
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!![[https://www.papercut.com/products/ng/manual/ch-printer-mgmt-watermarking.html | PaperCut Watermarking]]
From version 10.5 onwards PaperCut can insert watermarks into PostScript print jobs. PaperCut watermark insertion takes a minimally invasive approach:
* It only watermarks PostScript jobs.
* It changes the PostScript of that job as little as possible.
* When there is any possible conflict between the watermark with the original PostScript, PaperCut leaves the original PostScript alone.
This means that
* PaperCut should never prevents watermarks that were in print jobs before PaperCut processes them from printing.
* There may be times when watermarking is enabled in PaperCut and a job is printed with its own watermark and the PaperCut watermark will not print. This will be due to PaperCut and the PostScript driver that created the job using the same PostScript operators to do watermarking. If you see this then please email PaperCut tech support.

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* CUPS can produce burst pages.
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* CUPS can produce burst pages, however burst/banner pages on CUPS are not currently supported by PaperCut.
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PaperCut takes a passive approach to print monitoring and control, and does not actually modify print jobs in any way.  Additionally, watermarking and burst pages are generally either features of the print driver or operating system.
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PaperCut takes a passive approach to print monitoring and control, and does not actually modify print jobs in any way.  This ensures the maximum compatibility with the widest variety of drivers. Additionally, watermarking and burst pages are generally either features of the print driver or operating system. 
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Burst pages are generally a single page inserted after a print job.  They are most often used to identify the user who printed the job.
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Burst/Banner pages are generally a single page inserted after a print job.  They are most often used to identify the user who printed the job.
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* There are some plugins to perform watermarking available.  See the [[http://cups.org/ | CUPS website]] for more details.
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(:title How to Implement Watermarking or Burst Pages / Separator Pages (showing usernames on prints) :)

!!What is Watermarking?
([[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Watermark | Wikipedia definition]])

Watermarking a printed document generally refers to inserting extra text, such as a username or date at the the bottom of each page.

!!What are Burst Pages (AKA Separator Pages)?
([[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burst_page | Wikipedia definition]])

Burst pages are generally a single page inserted after a print job.  They are most often used to identify the user who printed the job.

Burst pages are often preferred over watermarking where it is not desirable to include any extra information on print jobs.

!!Can PaperCut do watermarking or burst pages?

PaperCut takes a passive approach to print monitoring and control, and does not actually modify print jobs in any way.  Additionally, watermarking and burst pages are generally either features of the print driver or operating system.

On Windows:
* Windows can produce burst pages that can include several variables; this is outlined in a support article [[http://support.microsoft.com/kb/102712 | here]].
* Third party applications are available that can perform watermarking.
* Some printer drivers (generally of the high-end / office variety) can also perform watermarking.

On CUPS (the print system on Mac OS X and Linux):
* CUPS can produce burst pages.
* There are some plugins to perform watermarking available.  See the [[http://cups.org/ | CUPS website]] for more details.

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