After 6 months of testing we’ve declared the Mac Server version final and coordinated this announcement with our version 7.0 release. I’d like to quickly thank all the organizations that assisted us with testing and provided feedback during the testing program.
The testing program generated a long list of feature requests. These were prioritized with “bugfixes” taking the front seat with most of them completed prior to the 7.0 release. Many of the non critical feature requests are still pending. Now we have the final release out the door we can start on many of these. Some of the feature to expect over the coming weeks/months will include client improvements, a special installer to assist with Mac laptop deployments, and improved popup authentication with login hook integration.
Once again, thanks to all the people who provided feedback. Please contact me if any of you have not already take advantage of the 50% testers discount.
I was lucky enough to be invited to speak at the Mac Managers meeting at Utah University last week. This coincided nicely with the preparation for our 7.0 release.
The presentation is now hosted online in QuickTime format. I’d encourage any Mac system administrators interesting in print control, cross-platform development and our Mac development in general, to head over and take a look – duration approx. 25 min.
We’re now very close to the final Apple Mac release. Our target is to call it final when we release PaperCut NG version 7.0 in two weeks time.
The latest Mac update adds support for printers that host their drivers inside the PrintJobMgr. Some Epson and Canon inkjets don’t provide a standard CUPS driver and instead host their drivers inside the legacy PrintJobMgr filter. These drivers were causing problems as they bypassed the standard CUPS “workflow” (queue --> scheduler --> filter --> backend --> physical printer). The new PaperCut NG release is able to hook into CUPS earlier in the workflow just prior to the job passing to the filter. A special mention needs to go to Ryan at Sheridan College in Canada who was kind enough to provide access to their high-end wide format printers to facilitate testing.
I’ll also be presenting PaperCut NG on Mac at the Mac Manager’s Meeting at University of Utah on the 15th of November.