+ Post New Thread
Results 1 to 11 of 11
Network and Classroom Management Thread, Print Quotas in Technical; Anyone know of good software to manage print quotas? Two teachers and one class have got through 50% of our ...
  1. #1
    ICT_GUY's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    Weymouth
    Posts
    2,269
    Thank Post
    683
    Thanked 283 Times in 204 Posts
    Rep Power
    106

    Print Quotas

    Anyone know of good software to manage print quotas?

    Two teachers and one class have got through 50% of our colour laser printers carts over a two day period. Approx £50 of printing.

    £15 for a serries of pics that kids help up in an assembly.
    £20 for a certificate from bbc dance mat typing for each of the children.
    £15 for a booklet that should have been photo copied.

    I would like to find a way to restrict class and user printing. So that if 10 colour prints from a class go through then they have to come to me and ask for more.

    Certainly I want to restrict the number of prints a user can make in a period of time.

    Free would be good, though I would spend for a good app, upto £100. ops: Tight I am.

  2. #2
    mrforgetful's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Posts
    1,639
    Thank Post
    7
    Thanked 15 Times in 15 Posts
    Rep Power
    23

    Re: Print Quotas

    There are a few good apps but you'll struggle for that money.

    The majority of people here I think use either Print Manager Plus or Papercut.

    Papercut is cheaper and a one off payment, not sure about PMP as I've not used it for years.

  3. #3

    localzuk's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Location
    Minehead
    Posts
    18,142
    Thank Post
    522
    Thanked 2,550 Times in 1,979 Posts
    Blog Entries
    24
    Rep Power
    877

    Re: Print Quotas

    Take a look at this. It is based on Linux, CUPS and Pykota - all of which are free.

    If you don't have a linux server of any type, you could run it on an existing box via VMWare (http://www.vmware.com).

  4. #4
    ICT_GUY's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    Weymouth
    Posts
    2,269
    Thank Post
    683
    Thanked 283 Times in 204 Posts
    Rep Power
    106

    Re: Print Quotas

    Ok thanks for the info.

    I will be putting it to the Head at some point. The linux box might be fun as I have a few old PCs hanging around.

    Spend money to save money

  5. #5

    dhicks's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Location
    Knightsbridge
    Posts
    5,683
    Thank Post
    1,268
    Thanked 789 Times in 686 Posts
    Rep Power
    237

    Re: Print Quotas

    > Anyone know of good software to manage print quotas?

    I've set up a system for our network where users print to the free PDF Creator print-to-PDF printer driver, then have the PDF from that passed to a Perl script. This Perl script can do anything you like - ask the user which printer they want to send the document to, check the user has suffcient credit to print to a particular printer, or skip the printing step entirley and email a teacher with the PDF or drop it into a Moodle course directory. I need to get this working /properly/ before I network the wide-format Epson printers that print to £25-a-time photo paper reels!

    --
    David Hicks

  6. #6
    ICT_GUY's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    Weymouth
    Posts
    2,269
    Thank Post
    683
    Thanked 283 Times in 204 Posts
    Rep Power
    106

    Re: Print Quotas

    Now thats set me thinking, certainly saving a pdf copy would be nice.

    I noticed papercut do a free print logger, this seems to pretty cool as it logs everything to excel frienly file. This would give me access to a top 5 heavy users on the colour printer which just might scare them into not printing out tones of rubbish at £1 per page.

  7. #7
    amcevoy's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Location
    Burnley
    Posts
    35
    Thank Post
    0
    Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
    Rep Power
    0

    Re: Print Quotas

    Backup your print server before installing printlogger. It killed ours after a conflict with the Oki LPR utility But now we have a much smoother running print server (fresh install) and are demoing Papercut. Its good, but I can't set filters to differenciate enough between users. I am probably going to go back to just the printlogger. Export the files from it and use SQL to generate bills for people.

    Adam

  8. #8

    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Posts
    554
    Thank Post
    3
    Thanked 3 Times in 3 Posts
    Rep Power
    16

    Re: Print Quotas

    I highly recommend Papercut.
    Ive never had any problems with it here. .

  9. #9

    Geoff's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2005
    Location
    Fylde, Lancs, UK.
    Posts
    11,813
    Thank Post
    110
    Thanked 586 Times in 507 Posts
    Blog Entries
    1
    Rep Power
    225

    Re: Print Quotas

    Using PyKota here. Also have a PDF printer setup via the same system as well.

  10. #10

    elsiegee40's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Location
    Kent
    Posts
    9,992
    Thank Post
    1,852
    Thanked 2,298 Times in 1,697 Posts
    Rep Power
    819

    Re: Print Quotas

    We use Print Manager Plus and have been seriously tightening the rules. The head has taken ownership of the changes, fortunately.

    One of the most dramatic reductions has been achieved by blocking print jobs with http in the title. Everyone now has to copy and paste the bit they want into a Saved word document (Document1, etc also banned) before printing. It's really making everyone think!

    We've also tightened up what can be printed using the Photo Print wizard - The largest photo size that is accepted in 1/4 page A4.

    The staff have taken it remarkably well so far. I'm expecting trouble after Christmas.

  11. #11
    lasercat's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    Bradford
    Posts
    51
    Thank Post
    6
    Thanked 7 Times in 4 Posts
    Rep Power
    16

    Re: Print Quotas

    A vote for Papercut here.

    The release station feature is cool, nice web based thing teachers or techies can use to filter out silly documents.

    Nice that they give you a fully functioning 40 day trial.

SHARE:
+ Post New Thread

Similar Threads

  1. Disk quotas
    By button_ripple in forum Wireless Networks
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 10th December 2007, 02:02 PM
  2. Print Spooler on Print Server
    By drewinc in forum Windows
    Replies: 8
    Last Post: 22nd May 2007, 09:02 AM
  3. Replies: 2
    Last Post: 17th April 2007, 05:31 PM
  4. Print Quotas
    By yeoman in forum How do you do....it?
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 13th June 2006, 09:12 AM
  5. Quotas
    By british-wave in forum How do you do....it?
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: 14th February 2006, 05:31 PM

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •