Brother Lite Release appBREWING

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.

Geek Speak: Do you have the droids we’re looking for?

Brother and PaperCut Hive embedded app

About this brew

Brother embedded app for PaperCut Hive App

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

Lite Release

Alternative release method to complement mobile-based secure print release

Full Embedded

Full MFP integration providing secure printing, usage tracking, scanning, and card authentication

App Features

Desktop and mobile printing

Find-Me 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?

Someone who:

  • 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
How cloud-natie print management work and keeps print documents secure using Edge Mesh technology
PaperCut Hive dashboard for print tracking and visibility, toner forecast, paper forecast, toner tracking, paper tracking

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!
Cloud-connected touchscreen software for MFPs and MFDs for secure print release
Photo of the PaperCut Brother Lite Release team members

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.

I currently use PaperCut MF. Can I run PaperCut Hive at the same time?

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?

Will my Brother printer work with PaperCut Hive?

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.

Do I need a dedicated print server for this?

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.

I’ve only just seen this page. Are there any spots left?
We're limited in how many customers/resellers we can take on at the start and high-demand projects mean spots fill quickly. If you apply and our coffee cups are already full, you might miss out. All is not lost though! We'll definitely note your interest and when we're ready to release wider, we'll let you know. There’s also a chance that "we might need more droids along the way".
Is there anything else I can get involved with?
We’re always building new features and embedded apps for PaperCut Hive, so if you can’t join us on this particular journey, don’t worry – there are more to come. Keep an eye on the Percolator projects and if you can help us with any, please get in touch.
Can I set up the Brother app myself?
Who is best to set it up is ideally discussed between you and your Brother printer provider. The process is relatively straightforward as long as the right options are enabled on the MFD.

Recommendations, complaints, questions – we want it all!