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We are running server ...
27th April 2010, 12:45 PM #1
Inform Pupils about printer credits
Just a question for anyone using printer credits how to inform pupils how many are left?
We are running server 2008 and windows xp clients and we use print manager plus software although i dont
know how to let pupils know what credits they have left i just keep getting them come to me asking how
many have i left.
Is there no way of them getting a pop-up or even something they can click on screen in order to see what
credits are left.
Thank you in advance
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27th April 2010, 01:01 PM #2
The NM here programmed a little VB app that queried the database and loaded on start-up. That way they were always shown when they logged on how many they have & then have no excuse to run out. It also tells them when they are low by changing colour and telling them when and where to come to get more. Finally when they do run out it goes red and they have to OK the box to clear it.
27th April 2010, 01:12 PM #3
You can get the end user enquiry tool from software shelf which puts an icon in the program tray which they can hover over to show their account balance - it also pops up notification if they try to print more pages than they have credit for. We use it under XP and server 2003 I don't see why it shouldn't work with 2008
27th April 2010, 01:13 PM #4
Our print management software puts an icon on the taskbar which when hovered over shows current balance.
27th April 2010, 01:44 PM #5
Thank you for your replies EDU-IT can i ask what version of print manager you are using?
27th April 2010, 01:45 PM #6
Hecate thank you for your reply it may just be that we are using a far older version which is possibly why it doesnt work we will need to update our software to the more recent version of print manager possibly in order to get this feature
27th April 2010, 03:39 PM #7
S far as I'm aware Print Manager Plus has always done this; i.e., I've never NOT been able to do it. Hovering over the client icon in the systray gives you the balance .
To get notification when balance is low, click on "Configure" and choose the "Account Balance" tab to set messages for for Low Balance and Out of Credit
27th April 2010, 11:09 PM #8
You can fire an email off to support at softwareshelf.com. I will mention this thread to support and see if I can't get one of them to have a look.
28th April 2010, 11:40 AM #9
we are using a very old version and i rang about this and got a quote for the new software which i think we are going to purchase because at the moment the software is installed and working on the server although no pupil can find out what they have left. I did set it to send a message when credits were low but this doesnt seem to work as i havent seen a message at any time.
28th April 2010, 11:45 AM #10
We have pmp but not currently using it in anger, I did once write a webpage that took the username of the currently logged on user and then queried the db to see what their balance was.
28th April 2010, 03:56 PM #11
Print Mananger Plus: End User Inquiry Tools
Print Manager Plus has 2 methods of giving user print credit updates.
Print Manager Plus End User Inquiry Tool - Windows Only
End user module which provides Client / Authentication features, and adds the ability for end users to see their current balance
28th April 2010, 04:08 PM #12
The client needs to be installed on the local machines for it to work.
Originally Posted by Aaron
28th April 2010, 04:16 PM #13
I dont have the client software just the server software
28th April 2010, 04:20 PM #14
28th April 2010, 04:23 PM #15
Yes. You must install the client on all machines. It also need a registry key pointing to the printer server.
End User Inquiry Tool (for end user pop-ups)
Each workstation must have the following key fix added to each
workstation on the network needing this tool.
End User Inquiry Tool displays (contacting server…)
Workstations’ registry may need to be configured to look at a specific server instead of broadcasting by the following registry entry.
Location in registry:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Software Shelf International Inc\Print Manager Plus – Client
1) Create a new String value here, named Server.
2) The value of it will be the machine name of the Print Manager Plus server on your network. This example shows the print server as Techsupport2.
There is a way to do this using ORCA MSI Editor.
Download the Orca MSI Editor from microsoft to edit these values for a PUSH installation.
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