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    Papercut Grayscale Cost

    Hey guys, I'm new to this forum. I'm not sure if this is where I should post this, but I'm currently looking for a script variable or group of commands that will direct me to displaying the cost to print something in grayscale without converting the entire document to grayscale. My current setup consists of everything autopopulated. It shows

    Current cost
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    current printer color cost
    cheapest printer color cost
    current printer grayscale cost
    cheapest printer grayscale cost

    Right now, I'm inputting the costs manually, but I'm looking for a way for the script to see the cost of printing grayscale based on costs on our papercut server.

    Thanks in advance for your help.

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    I don't understand. Can you clarify?

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    Say it costs us $.12 for a color page and $.05 for a grayscale page on one printer, and $.10 for a color page and $.01 for a grayscale page on a printer that is right next to it. How would I find the costs based on our inputs from the admin console on papercut vs hardcoding the costs in the script itself?

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    Still not sure I follow. Are you wanting to set the costs to print on different printers??

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    I can find the cost to print on other printers, just not a cost for grayscale on the current printer or the cost for grayscale on another printer.

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    This will tell you how to set costs per page per each printer
    http://www.papercut.com/products/ng/...-charging.html

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    I already have the costs setup in the admin console. I want a script that will retrieve the costs such as inputs.jobs.cost or inputs.job.calculateCostForPrinter(Printer2), just for grayscale

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    Why do you want a script to do that when you have all the information at hand already? What is the purpose of the script? Tell us more about what you are trying to achieve. Is it to let the user know that they could print elsewhere for cheaper?

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    The purpose is just to inform the user of the costs of B&W vs Color.

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    I don't think it's possible to display a comparison. Could you not just pop in the price per page on an informational message? For example, when a user prints in colour, have a dialogue which says "Printing in mono costs X per page while printing in colour costs X per page. Are you sure...?" type thing?

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    I can, but with a couple hundred different printers, with all different models and ages, it can be a bit painful to change the cost of black ink for all of our hp laserjet pro 400's. I'm just wondering if we have a way to just change it once. and be done.

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