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PaperCut: Making Coffees and Software Since 1999

Dan focusing on serious business

Dan focusing on serious business

On the back of the PaperCut 13.2 release we go off topic with a behind-the-scenes story on the PaperCut team and their coffee obsession.

It is no secret that coffee is a part of daily life here at PaperCut. Along with drinking and appreciating coffee we can’t help but mention it in blog posts, job ads, when talking about ourselves and even demonstrating product features.

In fact, the entire PaperCut team are trained coffee baristas!

We recently sent another 9 team members along for their barista induction, some of whom you may be familiar with. During the day we learnt about different roasts, pulling perfect espresso shots, frothing milk (a lot of milk!), tried our hand at latte art and produced many variants of coffees. Some were great and required immediate consumption, others were awful and went straight in the slop bucket ūüôā

By the end of the day we had 9 more confident baristas for the team and a new qualification to add to our resumes in case the the world ever goes paperless ūüėČ

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Edugeek Winners!

We have¬†announced¬†the winners of the Edugeek competition; a competition to come up with the most creative use of PaperCut’s print scripting.

I have not seen a more comprehensive winner since the All Blacks won the 2011 Rugby World Cup. Much like the final, there were only two major players; one of them had to win. Jack from Melbourne did an amazing job at making a script, even included a JSON Library!

Jack even commented ‚ÄúIt‚Äôs a bit over engineered, but it wanted to play with JSON‚ÄĚ. With the geekiest script I’ve seen in a while, it had to be the Edugeek winner.

Michael on the other hand, had a rather devious script that was used on unsuspecting students which made students guess a number out of 10. If they get the wrong number, their print job is redirected to a random printer in the school and they‚Äôre told to go find it…Evil person…I wonder what he could do with Raspberry Pi….

There is a one in ten chance you will see this screen.

There is a one in ten chance you will see this screen.

Now the next problem is what we‚Äôre going to do with our third Raspberry Pi!…After¬†carefully¬†consideration, we’ve decided to give it away to a good cause. We found a group in Sydney that is looking at educating students on the uses of Raspberry Pis. Feel free to have a look at their website here: OzBerryPi. It looks like it will make it to a good home.

1st place: Jack

2nd place: Michael

3rd place: OzBerryPi

Thanks for all the fun. We would like to thank the Edugeek community¬†and sorry about the Rugby World Cup joke, I‚Äôm sure England will do better in 2015 ūüôā

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If it’s not broken, we can still make it better.

A key feature of PaperCut is the charging model applied to print usage, generally defined on a per page basis. This feature had its ten year birthday last October without much fanfare. When you think about how much PaperCut has changed in the last ten years, it‚Äôs fairly amazing that the Charging Model hasn‚Äôt been altered. Therefore it is with ten years of experience that we have decided to make an addition to the model in the form of a new ‚ÄúStandard charge type‚ÄĚ.

New Charging Model

What we have found is that anything past the Simple Charging¬†Model could be a bit confusing at first glance. With the Standard Charging¬†Model, administrators will now be able to set the color and grayscale cost explicitly, as opposed to working with percentages. The new ‚ÄúStandard‚ÄĚ charge type will hopefully bridge the gap between ‚ÄúSimple‚ÄĚ and the many Advanced Charging¬†Modes available.

In the theme of improving already evolved PaperCut features, we’ve also improved the way Web Print handles PDF documents. Previously Windows administrators would have to install and configure Adobe Reader to run Web Print. Now, PaperCut’s Web Print feature works out of the box with built-in PDF support. Check out the manual for all the gritty details.

Web Print has proven to be a very popular feature, particularly in large education environments. Many system administrators have come to us with interesting stories of how Web Print has been working hard overnight processing 100’s of jobs from students printing in their dorms, all while the sysadmins are fast asleep (but actually wide awake playing Minecraft). With that in mind, we’ve implemented many improvements to the robustness of Web Print.

If you’d like to know what else is in this release, have a read over the full release notes for PaperCut NG or PaperCut MF.

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