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5th November 2010, 11:22 AM #1
Print Monitoring and Limiting
Looking for some opinions here. I have recently installed 3 new colour laser printers in our school to replace all of the old inkjets they were using. Anyways, they seem to like the "high" life now and find printing 30 pictures a day as full page fax prints as the norm, and causing us to run out of money already.
I currently use papercut free to "monitor" whos doing what, although it doesnt show amount of color use. I have seen the Papercut NG at £380, which seems a small amount, however if I could do it cheaper it would be excellent.
Does anyone have any suggestions.
5th November 2010, 11:39 AM #2
I know you already mentioned papercut.
We use it here and its been great.
We also really like the print queue release utility (you get 1 free with papercut ng and can pay for more release queues if needed). It stops all printing to an A3 printer we have, holds it in a queue and is only printed once one of the technology teachers allows it.
5th November 2010, 11:46 AM #3
Papercut is great, also look into the alternatives, PrintManager etc, that should do what you want. Believe me, you very quickly recoup the cost of the software (we did within a few months!)
5th November 2010, 11:55 AM #4
I hope we will do, we are only a small school, circa 60 Pc's and laptops. I will try and see if I can get the funding for it.
Dont know if there are any others out there, but papercut seems to be the most popular
5th November 2010, 03:00 PM #5
Just on a quick note, any papercut NG users out there,
From what I gather there is software for the end users, however I cannot find it (somewhere to display the messages and charges)
5th November 2010, 03:13 PM #6
another +1 for PaperCut
Just got it installed and working here
It can even monitor locally attached printers, give environmental impact reports (tree's, CO2, Bulb usage equivelant)
5th November 2010, 03:29 PM #7
It's installed to a folder in the Papercut Server install - Program Files\PaperCut NG\client
Originally Posted by M0MST
5th November 2010, 03:35 PM #8
They missed a trick with no MSI there, Thanks for the heads up though.
5th November 2010, 03:36 PM #9
Yeah there is a papercut client - its normally found in one of the server folders... let me go find where
Edit - Its called pc-client.exe (for windows) - mine is in my papercut NG/client/win folder.
Last edited by siuko; 5th November 2010 at 03:39 PM.
5th November 2010, 04:02 PM #10
We use the papercut client here. There lack of MSI isn't that big a deal - it runs on login directly from the papercut server (although caches its self locally). They're supposed to be giving us an MSI version at some point, but to be honest I'm not that fussed . What I'm more interested in is getting the features of the manager mode popup available off-the-glass on the embedded Papercut-MF installs .
5th November 2010, 04:05 PM #11
I've got just under 50 machines, 150 pupils plus staff and Print Manager Plus is a godsend that paid for itself long ago. PaperCut will pay for itself, have no fear!
Originally Posted by M0MST
5th November 2010, 04:15 PM #12
Ok, I have not seen any software been installed as of yet, Must admit the documentation could be better.
Originally Posted by Soulfish
However next week whilst im having our wireless installed I should have time to sit back and have a read
5th November 2010, 04:17 PM #13
Very Similar, 185 pupils, just as many staff and around 76 PC's (according to my sophos enterprise console), I have around 80 connected though.
Originally Posted by elsiegee40
Printer Manager Plus is something that was mentioned by one of my suppliers who are fitting our wireless next week, will check it out
5th November 2010, 04:36 PM #14
We use PCounter from Altman Technologies. It integrates with your AD and you can set limits on how much users can print in a set period of time (i.e. 100 sheets per month). You can set rules on printers to allow certain paper sizes/types etc and it can give detailed reports on what an individual has printed or what jobs have gone through a particular printer. We have it set so that colour prints go to a paused queue and members of staff have to authorize the jobs before they begin to print. So far has been a great saving for us.
Very powerful and well worth it!!
6th November 2010, 12:35 PM #15
Another one here with PCounter. Very good bit of software.
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