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PaperCut MF Version 17.3


The clever (and productive) PaperCut Dev team have been working tirelessly and have just released PaperCut MF MF Version 17.3.

Even though this is a minor point release update from PaperCut HQ there are some significant enhancements to the current feature set as well as a host of brand new features. PaperCut MF Version 17.3 gives customers the ability to track and control printing, copying and scanning across more devices than ever before. This release is a good opportunity to talk to your customers about what is new. The main updates are as follows: –

Integrated Scanning on small screen Sharp devices

Integrated Scanning on small screen Sharp devices

Integrated Scanning on Sharp devices is a great experience. However, this could only be used on their larger screen devices. With v17.3 customers can now take full advantage of Integrated Scanning on Sharp devices with smaller (7”) touch screens. Clients with a mix of Sharp devices no longer have to think beforehand what one to use if they wish to scan.

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Toshiba Embedded Improvements

Toshiba Embedded Improvements

PaperCut added Integrating Scanning to the Toshiba platform in v17.0. Not resting on any laurels, the PaperCut Dev Team have been hard at work behind the scenes making substantial improvements for our resellers. So, what’s new?

  • Added the ability to customise the logo, welcome text, and background colour
  • Added an option to show a user’s balance on the PaperCut Home screen
  • Added an option to show a link to the device status on the Print Release screen
  • Added “Home” as an alias for the “Menu” keyword in Ext-device.toshiba.initial-native-screen On EBN devices
Report Header Customisation

Report Header Customisation

PaperCut offers a stylish, customisable and responsive interface across both the Admin and User web pages (/admin /user).

v17.3 extends upon the customisation options by allowing customers to easily replace the logo that appears on reports generated within PaperCut. This is not a new feature per se, but it should save some time. IT Admins can now simply upload a PNG image via the Branding section under the Options tab. Please note: the PNG will look best at 1041 pixels by 333 pixels.

HP Embedded on Single Function Devices

HP Embedded on Single Function Devices

PaperCut has further optimised the HP embedded solution for the Jedi platform to allow it to run on small screen HP devices including any Single Function Printer that has a sufficient screen to run the embedded solution.

PaperCut supports all the HP Managed Laserjet and HP Enterprise Laserjet devices and support is also available on some HP PageWide devices.

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Lexmark SSO with Scan Centre

Lexmark SSO with Scan Centre

The PaperCut eSF app will now integrate with the built in Lexmark Scan Center app. User details will be passed to Scan Center so that Scan Center can send scans to user’s Home folder or email address. 

View Candidates Marked For Deletion

View Candidates Marked For Deletion

PaperCut just added an enhancement to the user sync feature that will enable IT Admins to see a list of users that will be deleted during a sync. When you perform the test sync the popup window will show you up to 100 users that are marked for deletion. There is also a new configuration key to allow you to set how many users for deletion are displayed, the new key is called: user-source.test-sync.max-deleted-entries-displayed

Card self-association Using Card ID/PIN

Card self-association Using Card ID/PIN

PaperCut has added an option in v17.3 allowing users to register their card with their username and their secure PaperCut PIN. To enable this edit the following config key: ext-device.card-self-association.auth.allow-password-or-pin

PaperCut has also added the option to synchronise the PIN with Active Directory by using the user-source.ad.user-pin-field config key.

Direct Print Monitor Improvements

Direct Print Monitor Improvements

If you have deployed the PaperCut Direct Print Monitor that ships with both PaperCut NG and PaperCut MF you may have been thinking, “why is it 200MB?” Sending that file out over slow links to remote sites was a huge headache. 17.3 makes the world a better place by bringing us a shiny new installer that is roughly 5MB in size.

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Find Out More

Find Out More

If you would like training or simply have some questions about PaperCut MF then get in touch with our dedicated Channel Team.

Get in touch today | sales@selectec.com

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As always, the full PaperCut release notes are below:

12 September 2017 – PaperCut MF 17.3.2

For a snapshot view of 17.3 features, see what’s New and Noteworthy.

Enhancements:

  • Branding customization: Report headers can now be customized with a logo, from the Options > General page.
  • User client:
    • The color of negative credit balances displayed on the balance window can now be customized.
    • Improved the User Client start-up time after a computer has gone to sleep.
  • Google Cloud Print: Added support to configure Google Cloud Print via a Proxy Server.
  • Standard Release Station: Re-positioned the login fields to prevent them from being obstructed when using an on-screen keyboard.
  • Card self-association: A username and PIN can now be used to self-associate cards at the device.
  • Added the ability to sync a user’s PIN from AD/LDAP to PaperCut MF (ldap.schema.userpin-field, ldap.2.schema.userpin-field, user-source.ad.user-pin-field).
  • User and group sync: Users who are pending deletion are now displayed in the Test Sync Settings window.
  • Direct Printing: Significantly reduced the size of the Windows Direct Print Monitor installer for customers using PaperCut without a print server.
  • PaperCut MF installer: Added template custom server configuration files (service.conf / launch-app-server.conf) to help customers wanting to change server settings.
  • Reports: Users to be included in an User Ad-hoc Report can now be selected from the “User name” drop-down.
  • Shared Accounts: Added new methods to the web services API to set the Overdraft mode and value.
  • Personal Accounts: Added new methods to the web services API to set the Individual Overdraft mode and value.
  • The way in which diagnostics files are provided to PaperCut Support has been improved with an “Upload diagnostics file to PaperCut Support” option on the Options > Advanced page.
  • Updated the bundled Java SE Runtime Environment to version 8, update 131, to incorporate the latest security fixes from Oracle.
  • Payment Gateway module: The advanced API for on-demand payment now fully supports charging and balance inquiries for shared accounts.
  • Security enhancements:
    • Improved coverage of HTTP header origin checks in both the Admin and User web interface, in line with OWASP recommendations.
    • Removed unnecessary system and operating environment data (for example, OS version, web server resources, database type) from error messages.

Fixes:

  • Shared Accounts: A warning message is now displayed on the Users > User Details page if the user does not have permission to access the assigned “Default shared account”.
  • Novell iPrint: Fixed an occasional issue causing print errors when enforcing grayscale or duplex print job settings.
  • Direct Printing with Email to Print: Fixed an issue preventing the Printer Details page from being saved during Direct Print setup.
  • Epson SureColor large format printers: Fixed a page count issue when using roll paper.
  • Web Print: Fixed an issue in the Admin web interface that did not display the number of documents in the Web Print queue.
  • Fixed an issue that occasionally caused an error on the Printers > Jobs Pending Release page for non built-in PaperCut Administrator accounts.
  • Provided a workaround for a rare issue that caused grayscale conversions to not be applied. A config key has been added to force grayscale conversion for all jobs on a specific print queue.
  • Fixed an issue that prevented the PRTG Template Generator from working with the SSL protocol (URLs with HTTPS).
  • Improved the layout of the Printers > Charts page.
  • Minor usability improvements to the Admin web interface, such as changed button colors and field sizes.
  • Fixed an issue when modifying fields on the Devices > Scan Actions > Details page that generated an incorrect warning message (since 17.2.4).

Copier / Device Integration:

HP (FutureSmart):

  • Added support for single-function printers (SFPs) and most small screen devices (except Pro devices and devices with 4-line displays).
  • Reduced the progress spinner animation to prevent lockups on single-CPU devices.

HP (OSA):

  • Added Integrated Scanning support on devices with 8.5″ or smaller screens.
  • Added a config key to set the default native device screen that is displayed, when the user presses Access Device from the PaperCut Home screen. (ext-device.hp_osa.login.select-function).

Konica Minolta (OpenAPI):

  • Fixed an issue to ensure the Open API 4.0+ connector embeds with DEVELOP devices (i.e. Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe GmbH).

Lexmark (LeSF):

  • Added Single Sign On (SSO) support for the native scanning solution, Scan Center.

Sharp (OSA):

  • Added Integrated Scanning support on devices with 8.5″ or smaller screens.
  • Added a config key to set the default native device screen that is displayed, when the user presses Access Device from the PaperCut Home screen. (ext-device.sharp_osa.login.select-function).

Toshiba eConnect:

  • Added Integrated Scanning support on devices with 8.5″ or smaller screens.
  • Added a config key to set the default native device screen that is displayed, when the user presses Access Device from the PaperCut Home screen. (ext-device. toshiba_econnect.login.select-function).

Toshiba (eSF):

  • Added Single Sign On (SSO) support for the native scanning solution, Scan Center.

Toshiba (MDS):

  • Support for branding customization (header, logo, background, and text color).
  • Added a config key to display a “Job Status” button on the PaperCut MF Print Release page to allow users to view the status of Print/Copy/Fax jobs (ext-device.toshiba.show-job-status-button).
  • Added a config key to configure the display of the user’s account details and balance on the PaperCut MF Home screen (ext-device.home-screen.show-balance).
  • Fixed an issue that prevented a user from being able to log out using a swipe card when the “Auto Change Login User” setting on the device’s web interface (TopAccess) was disabled.
  • Fixed an issue on the Devices > External Device List > Device Details page that displayed an incorrect Device Status, “Inactive – Waiting for user to log in”, when the device was idle for 6 minutes.

Toshiba (v2):

  • Fixed an issue on the Devices > External Device List > Device Details page that displayed an incorrect Device Status, “Inactive – Waiting for user to log in”, when the device was idle for 6 minutes.

Xerox (EIP):

  • EIP 3.0+:
    Added a config key to suppress the display of the PaperCut MF Home screen after login (ext-device.xerox.register-papercut-as-default-app).
    Fixed an issue when using Integrated Scanning that incorrectly reported number of scanned pages as “0 pages scanned”.
    Added a config key to configure the display of the user’s account details and balance on the PaperCut MF Home screen (ext-device.home-screen.show-balance).
  • EIP 1.5+:
    Fixed an occasional issue that prevented users from viewing the Print Release screen.
    Fixed an issue that incorrectly displayed low-resolution application icons on some devices.

Other Notes:

  • If you are running v17.2.1 or later, there is NO database upgrade.
  • Devices marked with * require installing an updated version of the embedded software to access new features and fixes.
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