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PaperCut Releases PaperCut v18.0

Tuesday, February 13, 2018  
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PaperCut has announced the general availability of its PaperCut MF v18.0 software, bringing specialty production printing and 3D printing under one software solution. Admins and operators can simply manage all specialty jobs, while also taking advantage of PaperCut's powerful cost management, security and user identification features with the new Job Ticketing capability.

The update connects in-house print rooms and fab labs at educational institutions, legal organizations, local governments, commercial organizations and hospitals to PaperCut's print management system. The Job Ticketing capability allows operators to accept specialty and 3D printing job submissions, such as laser cutting and prototype production, and track them through the production process while communicating the status to the requesting user.

"Until now, the lack of connection between our customers' general and specialty printing solutions — such as print rooms and 3D fab labs — has been a burden that cost them both time and money," said Chris Dance, co-founder and CEO, PaperCut. "To solve these problems, we've created a simple solution that will improve their specialty printing controls, security and payment options."

Because this feature falls under the same software individuals use to manage general office printing, users do not have to set up a separate profile or be reauthenticated to submit a print request, track its progression and flag questions or last-minute changes to the operator. This allows operators to spend less time managing processes — which are often manual and time-consuming — and more time driving adoption of their services and delivering high-quality products for their customers.

Previously, organizations needing specialty prints lack affordable or efficient options — or both — to produce and manage jobs. Businesses would either have to use tedious, manual approaches to tracking and management, or purchase expensive software solutions limited in scope.

"The need for specialty print production is only increasing for organizations, especially universities," said Andy Slawetsky, president, Industry Analysts Inc. "This market barely existed five years ago. Since then, there's been a rapid increase in demand resulting in a high unmet need for specialty print jobs to be managed and tracked under a unified capacity."

In addition to increased integration and workflow efficiency, the v18.0 release:
  • Reduces the need to purchase additional software packages for the print room
  • Supports all document formats and fonts on customers' personal, work and mobile devices
  • Leverages customers' existing user permissions and accounting environment, charging for a job at any point straight back to their account
  • Enables end users to submit a print room or 3D job through the streamlined web interface
  • Builds a "personal touch" into the technology print room customers love, allowing for direct operator/customer communication and consistent updates on order progress
Following PaperCut's true vendor-neutral approach, PaperCut MF v18.0 additional embedded solutions and updates have been made across a breadth of MFD devices, ensuring the platform stays up and running in conjunction with manufacturer progress.

PaperCut MF v18.0 is now available to existing and future customers and partners. Pricing is licensed per print room as one standard product, with education and commercial customers having access to a single price exclusively as a feature of PaperCut.

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