Brother Lite Release app for PaperCut Hive
Pop on your lab coat and help us brew cloud tech.
Have you got Brother printers/MFPs floating around? Want to keep up to date with progress on the Brother PaperCut Hive embedded app? Even interested in helping us build it? Read on to find out about this brew, the brewers, and where you fit in.
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About this brew
As you’re reading this, we're well underway with developing the PaperCut Hive Lite Release app for Brother smart multifunction printers/MFPs. This app for Brother will make secure print release accessible and affordable, and it's the perfect entry-level product for organizations just starting out with secure printing.
When the Lite Release app is installed in Hive, users enter a personal access code at the printer to see their print jobs and securely release them. Friendly reminders can be set up to help users reduce waste, with prompts such as recommending conversion to black and white, and duplex.
PaperCut Hive apps
Print and release with your Android or iOS mobile device
Alternative release method to complement mobile-based secure print release
Full MFP integration providing secure printing, usage tracking, scanning, and card authentication
Desktop and mobile printing
Mobile Print Release
User access code authentication
Prompt waste reduction at the device (e.g. BW, 2-sided)
Swipe card Authentication
Access control of device functions
Scan, copy, and fax tracking
Why is this in Percolator now?
They say "many hands make light work". Here at PaperCut we also say "many printers find more bugs". We leverage our fantastic community of passionate customers, partners, and resellers to help us make robust and enterprise-ready software and get it out there – fast. Our percolator phase covers the development, the beta phase, and early-stage production deployment.
This is how we get to tap into a wide diversity of model and MFD types, as well as the "I can break anything" mentality :-)
Passionate about this brew? Get involved.
Get a little more hands-on and become part of the team.
So what makes a good brewer?
- is one part geek, two parts friendly and inquisitive, and three parts coffee
- likes to talk with engineers on video chats
- has a few Brother Lite Release printers floating around
- is happy to test and mix "constructive feedback" with some positive encouragement and fun
- is super keen to learn more about public cloud, hybrid cloud, and multitenant solutions
This Percolator project is open to customers and PaperCut resellers.
Customers: Maybe you're a PaperCut MF customer running on Brother Lite Release devices and want to get a sneak peek into the future? Maybe you can temporarily run PaperCut Hive on a device for a period of time?
Resellers: Have you got a showroom full of Brother Lite Release multifunctional printers? Well then not only do we find you super cool, but you can test on a bunch of models, which is even cooler!
So what's in it for you?
- First and foremost, if you're ever in Melbourne you have unlimited access to coffee in our office
- Geeky tech jokes on video calls
- Your ideas and feedback will likely make it into the final cut. (Sort of like signing your name on wet concrete!)
- And history has shown that many of our early adopters become great friends of the engineering teams, so you might even get a free PaperCut Hive SaaS subscription and an ear to your new ideas!
About the brewers (aka the Product Engineering Team)
These brewers enjoy building apps and eating dumplings. When they are not out eating dumplings, they are working hard, and having fun with IoT, Cloud Microservices, and SinglePage HTM apps. Cool huh!
You've probably got a couple of questions on your mind right about now. We've done our best to answer the most common ones right here.
Yes. But you need to ensure at least one of your Brother printers can be switched over to PaperCut Hive to help with testing. An MFP can't run PaperCut MF and PaperCut Hive at the same time. Maybe use the IT department's device?
Your device needs to have Brother Solutions Interface (BSI) enabled; you can check on the printer or we can help you. If it doesn’t support BSI, you can still use PaperCut Hive but you might need to use your mobile phone for print release. However, you won’t be able to run the Brother Lite Release app, so this percolating project may not be for you at the time. When you're considering a device upgrade your reseller should be able to check compatibility with PaperCut Hive.
PaperCut Hive is a cloud-native product, and a dedicated Windows print server is not required (you can run this as a true serverless printing environment, and your documents remain local for maximum privacy and security). For set up and security-related operations such as unlocking an MFD, local access is required. This local access is facilitated using PaperCut Hive’s Edge Mesh technology.