Monitor your Google Cloud Print printers with PaperCut.
We’ve been using Google Cloud Print to allow students to print from Chromebooks for a few weeks now, and it works brilliantly. If you haven’t looked into Google Cloud Print, it’s a service which runs on your Windows print server making your school’s printers available to Chromebooks or Android devices.
One of the problems we had, however, was that Google Cloud Print didn’t integrate with our current printer monitoring system. This meant that we couldn’t easily track or charge printing as we can with our Windows print queues. But now there is a solution.
PaperCut has just released an update to their print management software that includes support for Google Cloud Print printers. If you haven’t used PaperCut before, it’s a Windows based print management and monitoring system that integrates with Active Directory.
The software allows you to control, track, and charge printing across your school through a simple web interface. PaperCut is flexible enough to just run in the background to log printer use, or to take complete control over your print queues with print moderation and charging.
PaperCut Version 13.5 allows administrators to manage, quota, and charge print jobs sent from Chromebooks, the Chrome browser, and Android devices without having to replace their current print management system. The update allows you to make your standard Windows print shares available to BYOD users whether they’re connect directly to your network or not.
You can test out PaperCut for free for 40 days or, if you have 5 or fewer users, you can use it without cost! We’ll be testing out the latest version of PaperCut in the next couple of weeks, I’ll let you know how we get on.
What system are you using to manage printers in your school?