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PaperCut 12.0 automatically converts print jobs to grayscale and duplex

It’s January and that means a major new release. PaperCut 12.0 adds a popular (as voted by our customers in vote for a feature) new twist: automatic conversion to duplex and grayscale.  Previously PaperCut could only disallow all single sided (simplex) and color printing jobs on a printer, but now jobs can be automatically converted to duplex and/or grayscale. For instance always force students to print duplex or use conditional scripting to automatically convert all Outlook email messages to grayscale. This has been a significant investment of effort by PaperCut Software developers and we are really pleased to release it to our customers.

Admin Setup for Conversion Filters

Other notable new “doodads” include:

  • a new report, Executive Summary. This gives, in a single page, an overview of some useful metrics about printers, users and their jobs
  • New PaperCut icona new refresh to many of our icons and end user web interface so that we look less retro

  • custom dashboard widget. Allows an administrator to add a link to an external application for easy access from the administration dashboard
  • some new scripts
  • new and improved language translations

and many other features and fixes too numerous to mention here. Please refer to the release history for full details.

If you have a current subscription to our premium upgrade assurance plan you may upgrade to version 12 at no additional cost. For our other customers please see our upgrade policy to determine if you are eligible for a free upgrade. Once-off upgrades may be purchased via our online order system. Upgrading now will entitle you to all the releases in the 12.x series throughout the year.

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  • Gerd

    Well done developers on the new release.

  • Great news….auto conversion for Duplex and Mono is great for us…thanks guys…
    New some scripts is great too…

  • Ross

    So who picked the new logo?

    • I did some preliminary sketches and work on it before we pushed it out as a design competition to crowd source. It’s not really a logo as such but an updated icon for the software, something that the end user can identify with (and looks a little less ‘1990’). We all picked it essentially, we had a bit of fun polling the office with potential solutions from the competition and this is the outcome. 🙂

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  • Tommy

    nice! 🙂

  • So this Duplex functionality can only be forced? can the user not decide to choose duplex or not while printing from the web?

    • Tom

      Using print scripts you can give users the option (i.e. display a pop-up dialog via the user client software). For an example see the script recipe “Offer to convert jobs with a high number of pages to duplex”.

      • Matt


        In the “Offer to convert jobs with a high number of pages to duplex” recipe, it might be worth adding a check to see if the job is already duplexed (inputs.job.isDuplex) before giving the user the option to force-duplex the print.

  • Alec

    Thanks Matt. I’ve just committed the change to our repo and I’ll get it reviewed on Monday.

    Good catch — appreciate it.

    • Matt

      🙂 No worries

  • Eddie Roadcap

    This is just in time for us. Excellent idea, and thanks!

  • Thanks guys for keeping up with trends and coming out with new cutting edge technology.

  • Saji Abraham

    Scripts for emails and web pages is good. Both new functionality forced duplex and forced black and white are also useful and market is looking for it. But real awesome is your support. I love it.

    • Chris

      @Saji Thanks for your kind words! Comments like these are appreciated by us here in PaperCut support almost us much as coffee 🙂