Release History (v9)

PaperCut MF 9 Release History

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12 January 2010 - PaperCut MF 9.8 (Build 9413)

This is a bugfix release for PaperCut MF 9.8 for Mac and Linux only, and contains the following changes:

Fixes:

  • More improvements to support for print servers running CUPS 1.4, such as Mac OS 10.6 and recent Linux distributions.

23 December 2009 - PaperCut MF 9.8 (Build 9360)

This is a bugfix release for PaperCut MF 9.8, and contains the following changes:

Enhancements:

  • New option to alert users by email when their refund requests are processed.

Fixes:

  • The advanced client now uses a case-insensitive sort to improve the ordering of accounts that contain a mix of uppercase and lowercase characters.
  • Improved web service proxy code and examples on how to use the PaperCut XML Web Services API.
  • Fixed regression that caused slow analysis of PostScript spool files when using page-level color detection.

22 December 2009 - PaperCut MF 9.8 (Build 9347)

This release includes improvements for print servers running CUPS 1.4, such as Mac OS 10.6 and recent Linux distributions. Customers with such print servers should update to this version when possible.

Enhancements:

  • Improved low toner notifications to clearly separate which printers are newly low in toner and those that have been notified previously. Also added a new option to only send the low toner notification email when there is at least one new printer that is newly low on toner.
  • User client: new option default-account-pin to specify a default PIN/code to be pre-entered on the account selection pop-up.
  • Improved user manual documentation for configuring Web Print in sandbox mode.
  • Improved credit/balance display on devices when using a custom number of decimal places or unusual currency formats.

Fixes:

  • Improved support for print servers running CUPS 1.4, such as Mac OS 10.6 and recent Linux distributions.
  • Fixed PAM configuration issue that may have prevented Unix Standard authentication working on Mac OS 10.6.
  • Improved stability of print provider when analysing very large Canon spool files.
  • Fixed error running the Printer Environmental Impact report.
  • Fixed problem when displaying the pending printer refunds which could cause the paging controls to not work as expected. E.g. the paging controls may not appear even though there was more than a page of refund requests.
  • Fixed display problems with Simplified Chinese text in the Windows installer.
  • Fixed a problem that could stop the user client from closing when the Exit menu was selected.

Printer compatibility improvements:

  • Improved page-level color detection with the "HP Universal" PostScript driver.
  • Improve detection of blank last pages in duplex mode on the HP LaserJet 4000 series using a PCL6 driver.
  • Improved page size detection on the Konica Minolta C552 using the Visual Postscript driver.
  • Improved support for the UFR2 driver on the Canon MF4000 and related printers.

Copier / Device Integration:

  • Boscop Virtual Cash Controller Alpha: Work around a limitation of the VCC Alpha print release feature which only allows 60 jobs to be displayed. We now display the 60 most recent jobs.
  • Boscop Virtual Cash Controller: Fixed a problem that can occur when using VCC devices and running PaperCut on an Oracle database.
  • Lexmark LeSF:
    • Added support for the touch screen printer model T656dne.
    • Added support for X46x series devices.
    • New interface translations for Russian and Spanish.
    • Login screens now time out if left unattended at any stage.
    • Fixed issue where copy jobs with multiple copies off the ADF were limited in some cases.
    • Added support for devices without hard disks.
    • Devices with hard disks can now choose to complete scanning before printing or start printing right away.
  • Sharp OSA:
    • Fixed issue introduced in previous version that prevented logging into the device.
    • Added option to skip the start/welcome screen.

19 November 2009 - PaperCut MF 9.7 (Build 9159)

New features:

  • Web Print: Added support for accepting Microsoft XML Paper Specification (XPS) documents.
  • A Quick find box is now shown when viewing a user's details, making it easy to quickly switch to a different user.
  • Support for MySQL is now included at no extra cost, as per our External Database Support Policy.
  • Added several new reports designed to display or compare settings: Device configuration, Group configuration, Printer configuration and Shared account configuration.
  • New report: Denied print jobs. Displays the details for print jobs that have been denied.
  • New report: Group printing - shared account summary. Shows the shared accounts that were charged to by each group.
  • New manual section about configuring PaperCut for use with Novell Cluster Services (NCS).

Enhancements:

  • Improved performance for large sites by tuning server configuration based on system specifications and architecture.
  • User manual:
    • Added to the manual a new end-user information sheet about using Web Print.
    • Improved documentation for configuring Find Me Printing for redirecting jobs between servers.
  • Shared account security can now be used to control access to PIN/code charging as well as for selecting accounts from a list. This feature provides enhanced security for sites that use short shared account PIN/codes.
  • Added many new filters to reports and tables throughout the application, making it possible to display new or different data combinations.
  • Added more details to various reports when exported as CSV.
  • Print queues with the same IP address but different LPR port names now appear as different devices in the device-level reports.
  • Internet control: The Squid ACL helper now has an option to invert the allow/deny logic. This can make it easier to integrate the helper into existing ACL rule sets.
  • Icons in the shared account list now indicate disabled accounts.
  • The user web interface Jobs Pending Release screen now automatically refreshes periodically.
  • Improved support for running the print provider as a non-system (and non-admin) account.

Fixes:

  • Fixed issue where Mac Standard user directory and user authentication may not work on Mac OS 10.6.
  • Tuned memory configuration to avoid low memory errors that may occur at some large sites.
  • Fixed issue that could cause multiple authentication pop-ups for very large print jobs when the authentication timeout was set to "For this job only".
  • Web Print jobs may now be submitted to unauthenticated print queues without requiring additional authentication. This allows the same print queues to be used for both Web Print and regular printing.
  • Fixed a problem importing users from Active Directory org units that contain slashes.
  • Allow importing users from Active Directory with usernames that begin with hash (#).
  • Changed MySQL database creation process to create tables using the preferred InnoDB table type.
  • Fixed a problem that could occur after defining a very long list of preferred accounts via the advanced account selection pop-up.

Printer compatibility improvements:

  • Added basic page count detection for the Epson C2000 model printer.
  • Added support for Kyocera FS-720 KX and related GDI printers.
  • Improved duplex detection support for Canon UFR printers such as IRC 2550i.
  • Improved support for the HP LaserJet 1020.
  • Improved detection for RISO HC3R series printers when using GDI drivers.

Copier / Device Integration:

  • CopiCode-IP: update to firmware version 1.2.8 from 1.2.6, which includes support for a print release only mode, and some enhancements for card readers.
  • Konica Minolta OpenAPI:
    • Added scan & fax control and tracking.
    • New German translation.
    • Fixed a problem that can cause PaperCut to become unresponsive.
  • Sharp OSA: Added scan & fax control and tracking.
  • Xerox Network Accounting: Added scan & fax control and tracking.

8 October 2009 - PaperCut MF 9.6 (Build 8924)

This is a bugfix release for PaperCut MF 9.6, and contains the following changes:

New features:

  • New User configuration report providing information about user settings.

Enhancements:

  • Improved support for CUPS 1.4 (used in Mac OS 10.6 and up-to-date Linux systems).
  • Improved detection and logging of problems when CUPS print jobs fail (Linux and Mac).

Fixes:

  • Fixed problem that could cause the incorrect date ranges to be used when running one-click reports.
  • Web Print:
    • Fixed issues with the wizard for users with automatic charging to shared accounts or some of the more unusual account selection settings configured.
    • Fixed problem uploading documents to a non-Windows primary server from a Windows workstation using IE6.
    • Fixed problems handling jobs with document names that contained non-ASCII Unicode characters.
    • Improved detection of Adobe Reader popping up a license agreement window when trying to print a job (can happen after initial configuration if the admin hasn't acknowledged the agreement).
    • Corrected "enabled on X printers" text on the Options tab not including virtual queues.
  • Fixed problems that can occur when performing edits of users, accounts and printers across multiple browser tabs/windows.
  • Fixed an issue on Novell OES Linux where a print queue with hold/release enabled may not be able to accept a backlog of more than three jobs at a time.
  • Fixed problem that would allow limited admins without the "edit user" right to use the "Re-apply initial user settings" feature.
  • Fixed problem viewing the iPhone user web interface.

Copier / Device Integration:

  • Konica Minolta OpenAPI:
    • By default restricted users now cannot log in a second time if their previous copy job hasn't finished yet.
    • Fixed issue where jobs could be allocated to the wrong account if several copy jobs were queued at the same time with different account selection settings (by quickly logging out of the device and back in before the first job had finished).
    • Fixed issue where machine may freeze at login on systems with many user accounts.
    • Relaxed upper limits on number of copies per session.
  • Lexmark LeSF:
    • Fixed potential problem that may prevent logging in via ID without a PIN.
    • Addressed a number of potential security related issues found as a result of an audit.
    • Workaround startup issues on some devices.
    • Duplex copies are now correctly logged on older devices with duplex units (such as X945, X940).
    • Improved usability on some devices by making the Home button dismiss message dialogs instead of returning to the home screen.
    • Added German translation.

28 September 2009 - PaperCut MF 9.6 (Build 8855)

This is a bugfix release for PaperCut MF 9.6, and contains the following changes:

Enhancements:

  • Enabled virtual queues (Find Me Printing and load balancing) for use with Web Print.
  • Improved memory allocation on PPC based Macs, resulting in better performance on this platform.
  • Improved Slovenian translations.
  • Mac: Performance improvements when analyzing very large PostScript jobs.
  • Group selection lists in the admin interface now all include "Enlarge" links next to them, for sites with very long group/OU names that all start the same.
  • Shared account list report in CSV now includes the parent account code on each line.
  • Added feature to allow real-time lookup of a user's card/ID number in an external database.
  • CBORD Payment Gateway: Improved support for using release stations and copier devices when using the CBORD live/on-demand transfer mode.

Fixes:

  • Introduced workaround for long-standing Windows bug that resulted in network connectivity issues and non-paged pool memory leaks at some large sites.
  • Fixed problems using the new print job refund requesting features when running PaperCut on an Oracle database.
  • Fixed problem preventing print jobs from being manually refunded when the cost had been rounded for display.
  • Fixed problem using Web Print for users who had the manager mode pop-up enabled.
  • Fixed problems with Find Me Printing when the print queue name contained non-ASCII Unicode characters.
  • Web Print: Fixed problems handling jobs with document names that contained non-ASCII Unicode characters.
  • Fixed problem that could cause the Web Print service to stop unexpectedly.
  • Fixed issue on CentOS x64 running CUPS that may have prevented PaperCut from working with particular backend types.
  • Improved Web Print support when using the sandbox method with a Linux primary server.

Printer compatibility improvements:

  • Improved page size detection when printing custom sizes with InDesign on the Mac.

Copier / Device Integration:

  • Sharp OSA:
    • Fixed problem that displayed users as "Unrestricted" if they had a negative balance. This would only be displayed if overdrafts were enabled that allowed the user to continue copying even after their balance was negative.

15 September 2009 - PaperCut MF 9.6 (Build 8761)

New features:

  • Web Print: Web Print is a driver-less printing service that allows users to print by uploading documents from a web browser. No client software or driver installation is required. Web Print provides a simple way to enable printing for laptop, wireless and anonymous users without the overhead of installing printer drivers and managing server authentication.
  • Refund Management System: Print job refund management tools have been added to PaperCut. If a user finds that some or all of their job wasn't printed, e.g. due to a paper jam or toner problem, they can now easily request a refund via the user web interface. Administrators can be notified of refund requests via email and approve or deny them via the admin interface.
  • Added the ability to rename printers. This can be useful after renaming a print queue in the OS or after migrating a print queue to a new system.
  • New payment gateway module for RBS WorldPay's Business Gateway Plus service.
  • New payment gateway module for CBORD's Odyssey range of card systems.

Enhancements:

  • Faster detection of printer errors for Find Me Printing and printer load balancing, preventing jobs being sent to an errored printer sooner.
  • Ad hoc and scheduled printer reports now support filtering to a set of printers rather than just one. E.g. a printer summary report can be scheduled for sending to a department head, showing just the printers in their department.
  • New bulk user operation option for deleting users, e.g. to delete all users with no balance.
  • Updated the embedded web server library (Jetty) for improved reliability and robustness.
  • Updated database connection pooling component to provide more efficient use of DB connections.
  • When editing a print log, added the ability to change the associated account from personal to a shared account and vice versa.
  • More detailed printing statistics in the web/JSON APIs.
  • Added an option to enable log web requests in NCSA HTTPd format. This will log both user web requests and all web service requests.
  • On Windows workstations using Novell client software and a generic Windows account: the client tool now detects the Novell username automatically and uses this in preference.
  • Improved error reporting in batch user import when the import file is in an invalid format.
  • Add support for Cyrillic characters (e.g. Russian) in PDF reports.
  • Mac: Added a convenient way to increase the amount of memory allocated to PaperCut.
  • The config editor now displays the SMTP and LDAP passwords in HTML form password mode.
  • Added simple web services example code for the PHP language.
  • Added more examples for batch/shell scripting server-command.
  • The Linux installer will now automatically detect and warn if SELinux is enabled. SELinux may prevent CUPS queue integration.
  • Log remote IP address to the App. Log when calling the web services API with a bad authentication token.
  • Improved translations for most languages. New complete Russian translation.
  • New application icons for improved look on Windows Server 2008.
  • Various user manual improvements.

Fixes:

  • Fixed bug that prevented charge rates from working (advanced account selection popup or manager mode popup) where rates contained commas (if numbers were higher than 1,000 and in countries using a comma as the decimal separator).
  • Fixed problem applying shared account invoice options to print jobs when users are configured to "Automatically charge to a single shared account".
  • Improved error detection on printers that "re-errored" (errored, cleared, errored again) in the space of a few hours.
  • Fixed problem when using Find Me Printing or load balancing to redirect jobs to printers containing an ampersand (&).
  • Fixed error raised when running the Shared account print/copy breakdown - summary report.
  • Novell: Improved importing of users from eDirectory when the user's LDAP structure contains unusual information (e.g. duplicate CN fields).
  • Minor change to resolve a situation where very small jobs on Novell OES Linux may be left in a held state.
  • Fixed the department and office filters on the User List report.
  • Fixed the status filters when exporting/creating a report from a print log.
  • Allow large paper surplus charges greater than 100%.
  • Improved accuracy of environmental impact reporting based on feedback from environmental experts in the Paper-Less Alliance.
  • When a workstation is configured to login as an unauthenticated user, do not send low balance notifications to to the user client.
  • In the user client, do not remember the previously selected account between user logins (when using popup authentication).
  • Fixed problem in LDAP environments associating new users (created on demand) with groups if the LDAP username is defined in uppercase.
  • Novell: Improved retrieval of printer hostname information from iPrint when a hostname (and not an IP) address is used.
  • Fixed rare crash bug in PostScript analysis code.
  • Fixed issue that prevented editing a print job on certain very specific configurations.
  • Removed restriction preventing a shared account having the same name as a user account.
  • Improved explanation of options available in the release station configuration file.
  • Fixed set-printer-property server-command.
  • Improved error reporting and reliability when the application database is unavailable when the PaperCut application server starts.
  • Changed formatting of the hours used field in the CSV internet usage reports to work around an Excel bug.

Printer compatibility improvements:

  • Improved page-level color detection on Mac.
  • Improved blank page detection when printing in duplex on a Mac.
  • Better support for custom page sizes in selected Apple Mac design applications.
  • Improved detection for the Epson C1100 on Mac.
  • Improved support for HP LaserJet P1505 and related printers.
  • Improved page size detection on some large format Canon printers using Canon UFR drivers.
  • Improved support for the Oc� TCS500.
  • Improved grayscale detection when printing from legacy DOS applications.

Copier / Device Integration:

  • Remove unnecessary checkbox from device details pages related to virtual print queues.
  • Stagger the initialization of devices (e.g. VCCs) to reduce spike load on the server at system start-up.
  • Added support for the Lexmark Embedded Solutions Framework (LeSF)
  • Ricoh ESA:
    • Improved reliability after device is resumed from sleep / power-off state.
    • Fixed problems with card readers and copying that can occur after device awakes from sleep/offline state.
  • Boscop VCC devices: Allow the release station job descriptions to be customized to include additional data (e.g. client workstation, total pages, cost, printer, etc).
  • CopiCode-IP:
    • Update to firmware version 1.2.6 from 1.2.3, which includes the following improvements:
      • Fixed bug where under some conditions the STOP key would not return the user to the previous menu.
      • Improved feedback when releasing jobs from hold/release queues.
      • More text prompts on the device are able to be customized.
      • Better resilience to network dropouts.
      • Shared account charging by PIN is now disabled according to configuration.
      • Various usability improvements.
    • Changed the default authentication option to Card and Identity Number.
  • Xerox Network Accounting: copy jobs are now automatically marked as invoiced.

25 June 2009 - PaperCut MF 9.5 (Build 8168)

New features:

  • Ricoh ESA: improved version for newer models (models supported ESA SDK v4) with many additional features such as "zero stop" (stop jobs as soon as user runs out of balance), support for card readers and improved copy count detection.
  • New manager mode pop-up designed to allow authorized users to perform printing as other users and allocate to accounts. It also allows various cost adjustments to be applied to jobs. A common use for the manager mode popup would be in school/college print rooms where staff print on behalf of other users. See the Client Tool section of the PaperCut NG product tour for a screenshot.
  • Allow self-registration of internal users using swipe cards in the pay station / release station.
  • Add support for CyberSource payment services in the payment gateway module.
  • New reports showing a breakdown of copying vs printing: Shared account print/copy breakdown - summary, Group print/copy breakdown - summary
  • Added a new report Shared account security access that lists the shared accounts that each user may access.
  • New options for release stations to better support small, high resolution screens and touch screens: option to display links as buttons, option to scale the size of all elements.
  • Added more ad-hoc report filters to several reports.
  • Added the ability to remove all user balance information (balance history graph, transaction history) from the user web pages. This may be useful in corporate environments where the focus is on account/department tracking.
  • Added new filters to the Jobs Pending Release page in the user web interface: document name, workstation name.
  • New filter for print log tables: minimum and/or maximum pages.

Enhancements:

  • Improved the charge rates functionality to allow additional cost adjustment types, including per job and per page adjustments. The charge rates feature has been renamed to cost adjustments. Cost adjustments may now be defined at both the global and printer level. This simplifies the configuration when all/most printers have exactly the same adjustments.
  • More flexible quota custom scheduling options, including wildcards for the year and month.
  • Added support for importing user card numbers from the Active Directory description field.
  • The frequency of administrative email error alerts is now configurable via the Options tab.
  • Display the username of the logged in user in the release station.
  • Off-the-glass copying now updates the page and job counters displayed on a user's details page.
  • Add support for sending WinPopup/msg notifications from Windows Server 2008.
  • The ad-hoc report department and office filters now accept entering multiple values (a comma separated list), allowing reports to show data from several chosen departments or offices.
  • Added a new filter to the user list page to show users who do not belong to any groups.
  • New client tool option to disable notification area balloon tips (and use dialog boxes instead).
  • The user web interface will now indicate when a user's printing is disabled.
  • The icon next to users in the user list now indicates when a user's account has been disabled.
  • When an invalid line is detected in a shared account import file the warning message now lists the associated line number.
  • Added an option to expand the group selection list on shared account security settings so that very long group names can be displayed.
  • Improved documentation regarding setting up PaperCut in a clustered server environment.
  • Log the IP address of failed login attempts in the application log.

Fixes:

  • Improved reliability of pop-ups and notification delivery on networks using IPv6 and IPv4 concurrently.
  • Improved stability on Novell OES Linux.
  • Improved reliability of Find Me Printing and job redirection on Novell OES Linux.
  • Improved reliability of Find Me Printing on servers using virus scanners that can interfere with the print job redirection.
  • Fixed issue in the web based release station where status messages would not disappear.
  • Fixed problem displaying web widgets and Vista gadgets in regions that use a comma as the decimal separator.
  • Improved user client authentication pop-up reliability for Mac workstations using an HTTPS proxy.
  • Fixed a rare case where a driver bug may have incorrectly caused a job to be flagged as partially printed - not refunded.
  • Improved reliability of restoring database backups that contain invalid unicode characters.
  • Fixed an issue that could cause installation on Linux systems to take a long time.
  • Fixed problem running the Shared Account List CSV report with a large number of accounts.
  • Fixed a potential issue that could occur when PaperCut connects to SQL Server before SQL Server has fully initialized.
  • Fixed issue where the "last updated" date shown in the database statistics area on the About page may not be correct.
  • Fixed possible issue on Linux in the setup wizard when detecting what kinds of user directories are available.
  • Fixed various documentation and interface wording and typos.

Printer compatibility improvements:

  • Page count improvement for recent PCL driver versions for the Canon iR2220/iR3320 PCL5e.
  • Improved support for analyzing unicode documents printed on the Ricoh MP 6000.
  • Improved page-level color detection on Linux.
  • Improve color detection for Ricoh Aficio SP C811DN and other PCL5 printers.
  • Fixed duplex detection issue seen on Lexmark X945e printers.
  • Fixed duplex detection issue when using external duplexer on the Utax 3316 and the Kyocera C5025N.
  • Fixed duplex detection issue seen occasionally on Ricoh Aficio MP C4000 MFDs and related devices when using PCL drivers.
  • Improved page size detection from CAD jobs using Nemetschek print drivers.

Copier / Device Integration:

  • Ricoh ESA:
    • Improved version for newer models (models supported ESA SDK v4) (as described above).
    • Added the ability to customize header logos and colors.
    • Improved user interface to allow users to switch between copy and print release or select another account without re-logging in.
  • Added a workaround to a bug with the Boscop VCA that could cause very large credit amounts to be added to user accounts.
  • Boscop VCC devices: changed default vend timing to be compatible with the older version 1 devices.
  • Improved recoverability of Boscop VCC/VCA and Xerox devices when the PaperCut external database goes down.
  • Sharp OSA:
    • Improved logging of jobs re-printed from the device's hard drive store.
    • Fixed a problem that could stop users from starting a 2nd copy job after a long copy job completed.
    • Fix a problem that could stop a user copying if a previous user authenticated but did not press the "OK" button to enable the copier.
    • Better support for multiple job queuing under one login session.
    • Improvement to the appearance of the start screen logo on AR series devices.
  • Konica Minolta OpenAPI:
    • Added support for duplex detection.
    • Added tracking for advanced features such as direct copy/printing from workstations and via the internet.
  • CopiCode-IP: Change the default authentication option to card and identity number, and to not require a PIN.

29 April 2009 - PaperCut MF 9.4 (Build 7770)

New features:

  • Support for 64 bit installations of Novell OES2 Linux.
  • Native support for 64 bit Linux installations (no longer requires 32 bit compatibility libraries to be installed, as well as providing unparalled scalability).
  • New reports: Department printing - job type summary, Office printing - job type summary

Enhancements:

  • New filter options on the Printer tab for showing all printers on a particular server and/or only enabled/disabled printers.
  • Added the ability to customize the messages used in the client tool. More details in this KB article.
  • Improved translations for Chinese, Croatian and Spanish.

Fixes:

  • Group based reports previously did not display statistics for users who have been deleted (but existed during the report period). Statistics for deleted users are now included in group based reports.

Printer compatibility improvements:

  • Fixed page size detection problem seen with some Mac wide format drivers when printing from Adobe Photoshop.

Copier / Device Integration:

  • Konica Minolta OpenAPI: fix problem that prevented color scanning.
  • License related problems now appear as a warning message on the Sharp OSA touchscreen.

21 April 2009 - PaperCut MF 9.3 (Build 7679)

This is a minor fix release for PaperCut MF 9.3, and contains the following changes:

Enhancements:

  • Added the "Bulk account actions..." link to the Account Details page.
  • Display a tool-tip help when hovering the mouse over the report format icons (PDF, HTML, CSV).
  • Improved display of server-command help.
  • Various documentation improvements.
  • Improved translations for Dutch, Croatian, German, Portuguese and Chinese.

Fixes:

  • Linux: Fixed warning message displayed when installing Linux distributions that use "dash" as their default shell (e.g. Ubuntu).

Printer compatibility improvements:

  • Improved page-level color detection for documents containing large images on Postscript printers.

Copier / Device Integration:

  • Konica Minolta OpenAPI: Fixed problem that could cause the application to fail on older copier firmware.

15 April 2009 - PaperCut MF 9.3 (Build 7651)

New features:

  • Re-design of the reports list: reports now include sample screenshots that show what they will look like and what kind of information they will contain.
  • New reports showing printing information by paper area (useful when using the by paper area charging model): Printer usage - paper area summary and Shared account printing - paper area summary.
  • Option to define a list of groups in addition to those in the network user directory via an additional-groups.txt file.
  • New language translations: Croatian and Czech.

Enhancements:

  • The office and department fields will now be imported when synchronizing PaperCut with an LDAP server.
  • New advanced option for bulk user actions: apply operation to users whose balance equals a given amount (to complement the existing less than and greater than options).
  • New filter options for ad-hoc reports, including parent account name and parent account PIN/code options on shared account reports, and department and office options on others.
  • Allow a job to be canceled from the advanced account selection popup by closing the dialog (rather than pressing the Cancel button).
  • New filter option for the User List: show only disabled or enabled users.
  • Introduce a filter for the Shared Account List with several filter options, making it easier to find particular shared accounts. Also allow searching for shared accounts by code in the quick find box.
  • Add an example for calling the web services API using Python.
  • Add an option to the user client config file to specify the default account selected when the standard account selection popup is shown. The previous account selection is now also remembered and used as the default selection the next time a popup is shown.
  • Added the ability to copy charge rate settings between printers.
  • New server-command and web services API to run a batch user data import. This can be used to schedule an update of user data from a text file, for example after user data has been updated by a third party system.
  • New server-command and web services API to delete a printer, or all printers on a specified server. This can be used to batch delete printers after a print server migration.
  • A log message is now written to the App. Log when a print job times out after being in a hold/release queue too long.
  • Scheduled reports now include the report date range in the email subject and body.
  • Smoother animations in the web interfaces.
  • Updated Chinese, French, German, Portuguese and Spanish translations.

Fixes:

  • Don't allow access to the Schedule / Email Reports page if a limited administrator does not have the Access reports section right.
  • Fixed the user client to correctly display the "Register new user" link when internal user registration is enabled.
  • Improved client print popup reliability for sites with inaccurate DNS servers.
  • Fixed problem that could occur when using a custom currency sign and a custom number of decimal places.
  • Fix problem running the report Group printing - printer job type summary.
  • Allow virtual print queues to be selected when specifying administrator rights and when displaying jobs in the web based release station.
  • When looking up shared accounts by PIN and there is a sub-account with a globally unique PIN, require the use of the parent PIN to charge to it (e.g. 123-456 instead of just 456.
  • Fixed the user web interface defaulting to the interface for mobile devices when using the Opera browser.
  • Fixed issue running reports in a Turkish locale. Did you know that an uppercase i is not I in Turkish?
  • Fix PDF reports not displaying some Slovene characters.
  • Linux installer: make sure which is installed. Yes, some distributions leave it out.
  • Improved our spelling ability.

Printer compatibility improvements:

  • Added support for the GDI driver on RISO HC3R-HC5500 printers.
  • Improved grayscale detection on the Lexmark X945e.
  • Fixed some page count and page size issue seen with Adobe products on the Mac with some driver combinations.

Copier / Device Integration:

  • Preview access to embedded application for Konica Minolta devices supporting OpenAPI 2.3 or newer.
  • Add a quick find box to the devices tab. This makes it easier to find a device by name when there are many in the list.
  • Allow per-device card number regular expressions. This can be useful where multiple types of card readers are used and they read card numbers differently.
  • New admin rights: Access devices section and Change device settings. This allows limiting an administrator's access to seeing device settings and running reports from a device's page, but not changing any settings.
  • New report: User print and copy breakdown - summary, shows a breakdown of copying and printing for each user.
  • VCA: added the ability for users to self-register an internal user account directly from the device.
  • Allow device filters to be copied to other devices using the Copy settings from device to device feature.
  • New option to automatically release held jobs jobs when logging into a device.
  • All devices now prevent user login when the device has been disabled from the administration interface.
  • New Filters & Restrictions page for devices, including group based access controls.
  • Sharp OSA: option to restrict color photocopying based on group membership.
  • Xerox embedded: general improvements and fixes.

6 April 2009 - PaperCut MF 9.2 (Build 7583)

This is a bugfix release for PaperCut MF 9.2, and contains the following changes:

Fixes:

  • Fixed the user client to correctly display the "Register new user" link when internal user registration is enabled.
  • Improved client print popup reliability for sites with inaccurate DNS servers.

Copier / Device Integration:

  • Sharp OSA: Added support to select sub-accounts using account codes.
  • Sharp OSA: Improved compatibility with older MFPs, specifically MXM350U and MXM620U (and similar).
  • Sharp OSA: Fixed problem that could stop users logging into the MFP after another user's access was denied.
  • VCC: Fixed problem that could cause incorrect copy prices to be used after PaperCut loses connection to the VCC device.
  • VCC: Added a workaround to a bug with the VCC controller that could cause very large copy counts to be recorded for "unrestricted" users.

27 February 2009 - PaperCut MF 9.2 (Build 7345)

This is a bugfix release for PaperCut MF 9.2, and contains the following changes:

Fixes:

  • Windows: Fixed a problem that would cause the user client task-tray icon to be disabled when run with the "--silent" option.
  • Improved support for running PaperCut on a MySQL database.
  • Mac/Linux: Fixed a problem when using "Mac/Unix Standard" user source. This could cause PaperCut to miss one user or group from the user sync.
  • Mac/Linux: Improved support for Samba 3.3 as a user source.
  • Fixed problem with the Internet usage graph.

Printer compatibility improvements:

  • Improved page size detection for HPGL plotters.
  • Fixed PCL page count problem seen on RICOH Aficio MP 6500 PCL 5e.

Copier / Device Integration:

  • Xerox: Fixed a rare problem that can stop PaperCut recording photocopying.

20 February 2009 - PaperCut MF 9.2 (Build 7306)

This is a bug fix release for PaperCut MF 9.2 that includes the following changes:

Copier / Device Integration:

  • Xerox: Fix problem logging copy jobs when a user is authenticated with an "ID Number" if the device is configured to allow both username/password and "ID Number" logins.
  • Xerox: Improved compatibility with Xerox devices available in North America and Europe.
  • Update CopiCode firmware to version 1.2.3, which includes:
    • Added support for Kyocera copiers.
    • Improved authorization options.

12 February 2009 - PaperCut MF 9.2 (Build 7214)

IMPORTANT: All customers running VCC copier controllers are advised to upgrade to this version as soon as possible.

Enhancements:

  • Import full user details from AD/LDAP (e.g. email, full name, etc) when user accounts are created on first print. Previously this was only done overnight.
  • Improved SNMP toner-level detection for network printers.
  • The Shared Account List CSV report now includes the users/groups access permissions.
  • The Print List CSV report now includes the printer serial number.
  • Improved LDAP logon authentication for sites with complex LDAP structures.
  • The user client now includes an option to disable the task tray icon on Windows.
  • Improved the default print denied notification messages.
  • A user friendly error message is now displayed when an external database connection cannot be established on start-up.
  • MySQL is now a supported external database option (See external database support policy).
  • Added a quick link to the PaperCut knowledge base on the "About" page.
  • Various documentation improvements.
  • Updated French, Czech and Dutch translations.

Fixes:

  • The group access control on printers now support the "[Internal Users]" group.
  • Fixed a problem with Excel/CSV where some numeric values were not exported properly in some European regions.
  • Fixed a Microsoft Word data access warning message that may display when running the TopUp Card Wizard with Word 2007.
  • Improved the Mac user client logon hook script to ensure that any existing/zombie user client processes are stopped when a new user logs in.

Printer compatibility improvements:

  • Improved page count detection issue seen on OKI B4600n with PCL print driver.
  • Improved color detection for PCL6 based print drivers.
  • Fixed duplex page count problem on HP 4100 Series, Dell 5110cn and related printers.
  • Improved page size detection when printing certain documents from Adobe Indesign on the Mac.

Copier / Device Integration:

  • Added support for user-level copier cost overrides for the VCC.
  • Improved page size detection for Sharp OSA devices.
  • Improved compatibility with Xerox devices.
  • Fixed critical security issue associated with VCC copier controllers.
  • Improved reliability of PaperCut Pay Station when there is network connection problems.

27 January 2009 - PaperCut MF 9.1 (Build 7117)

New features:

  • PaperCut will now query and list devices serial numbers for most network printers (if supported via SNMP). This will help administrators track physical printers. The serial number is displayed on printer CSV reports and printer details page.

Enhancements:

  • Optimized the creation of on-demand user creation with systems with many groups.
  • Improved toner detection on various printer makes and models (e.g. for devices that use custom SNMP extensions).
  • Improved SNMP device-type detection for network printers.
  • Enhanced the "Group Details" screen so the number of group members is conveniently listed. Also added a "quick link" to display the members of the group.
  • Improved handling of offline/errored printers for load balancing and Find Me printing.
  • Improved handling for LDAP directories with aliased user entries.
  • Added a new advanced option to disable LDAP alias dereferencing. This can offer performance benefits in some large LDAP environments.

Fixes:

  • Fix corrupted file included in the Mac installer that caused Windows clients and release stations to fail to start.
  • Fixed 30 second delay establishing a HTTPS connection to PaperCut when running Firefox 3.
  • Various improvements in all areas to address the errors most commonly reported via the "Report this error" feature.
  • Correctly auto-detect the "Portuguese (Portugal)" language for users in Portugal.
  • Linux: Improved installation to handle systems where /dev/null is not writable by the 'papercut' user.

Printer compatibility improvements:

  • Added support for Panasonic GDI based printers (e.g. the Panasonic DP-190 and related printers).
  • Fixed a Postscript page size detection regression introduced in the 9.0 release.

Copier / device integration:

  • Sharp OSA: Improved counting of A3/large copying.
  • Xerox: Improved compatibility for copier control for US/European Xerox devices.
  • Added new 'Pay Station only' mode to the release station.
  • Improved reliability of pay station.

6 January 2009 - PaperCut MF 9.0 (Build 7022)

Special Notes:

This is a major release. Please check the Upgrade Policy for upgrade eligibility. This release also contains a database upgrade and administrators should factor this into their upgrade plan.

Payment Gateway Users: Please note that this version is not compatible with old versions of the PaperCut Payment Gateway. If you are using PayPal or other banking gateway via the Payment Gateway add-on, upgrade the gateway to the latest version immediately after installing version 9.

New features:

  • Load balancing: Spread print load over fleets of group printers.
  • Find-Me Printing: Intelligent routing of print jobs to release stations at large sites.
  • Printer toner level reporting and notification for supported network printers.
  • Added 6 new reports:
    • User printing - printer summary
    • Printer usage - user job type summary
    • Physical printer usage - summary
    • Group environmental impact - summary
    • Department environmental impact - summary
    • Office environmental impact - summary
  • Added various new filter and sort options to the existing reports.
  • Revamped networking code (implemented using latest Asynchronous IO technology) offering greatly improved scalability. PaperCut can now support tens-of-thousands of simultaneous user clients even when running on standard 32-bit server hardware.
  • Across-the-board performance improvements.
  • The Internet bandwidth control module is now included as standard rather than licensed separately.

Enhancements:

  • Improved presentation on LCD screens with use of anti-aliased fonts in user client and release station.
  • Show the report filtering parameters in the Excel/CSV report headers.
  • Added more reports to the list that support scheduling via email.
  • Added an option to charge all printing to a print queue to a single shared account (overriding any user settings).
  • Include total/summary information in the "Printer usage - logs", "Printer usage - job type summary" and "Printer usage - job type summary" reports.
  • Improved client popup reliability on workstations with names longer than 15 characters.
  • Do not display the "Cards" tab when TopUp/Prepaid cards are not enabled.
  • Changed default configuration so that printing is automatically refunded if the jobs are cancelled within 24 hours (Previously was 60 minutes).
  • Novell: Automatically register printers with the server at install time.
  • Linux: Improved reliability of user client start script.
  • Added support for additional online banking payment service in the payment gateway module.
  • Improved error messages displayed to users under various circumstances (e.g. when the PaperCut external database is unavailable).
  • Improved error message when access is denied to the web service interfaces.
  • Various improvements to error logging to help assist problem diagnosis.
  • Various documentation improvements.
  • Updated translations for Dutch, Portuguese, Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional, Spanish, Italian and Czech.
  • Account popup option to charge print jobs to another user is now off by default.
  • Automatic overnight user import now enabled by default.

Fixes:

  • Fixed a problem with Excel/CSV where some numeric values were not exported properly in some European regions.
  • Fixed some minor problems with the web widgets.
  • Allowed the LDAP BaseDN to be blank. This allows searching of servers that have multiple root nodes (seen on some Novell eDirectory sites).
  • Fixed a problem with notification emails in non-English languages.
  • Fixed broken manual link in printer details page.

Printer compatibility improvements:

  • Improved page count detection for Brother HL 4040.
  • Fixed page size detection for Acrobat Reader with the "Choose Paper Source by PDF page size" option for some printers.

Copier / device integration:

  • Add initial support for tracking of off-the-glass copying for Xerox devices.
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