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What’s New: A selection of new Print technology from Brother, PaperCut & Canon.

Brother strengthens mobile print range

Brother UK has strengthened its rugged mobile print range with four new lightweight models as the company aims to support Auto-ID and general resellers in meeting the growing demand for mobile printers across logistics, retail and warehousing.

The new RJ-2035B, RJ-2055WB, RJ-3035B, and RJ-3055WB represent lighter and more compact additions to the business’s existing RuggedJet (RJ) range, designed for employees operating at high speed.

Refreshing and strengthening Brother’s RJ offering, the devices print labels at four inches per second, feature model rubber housing and deliver drop protection of up to 2.5 meters and IP54 certification when used with its protective case – meaning devices resist water spray and protect against damage from dust penetration.

The new models support most command languages, such as ZPL2, and offer a range of connectivity options including NFC, AirPrint, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and MFI, allowing for seamless integration with Android and IOS systems. Brother’s portfolio of mobile print solutions now encompasses 22 models.

PaperCut adds cloud print

 PaperCut MobilityPrintImage
PaperCut MobilityPrintImage

PaperCut has announced the addition of Cloud Print to its Mobility Print solution. Chromebook users can now print remotely and outside the network by sending print jobs over the internet. Mac and Windows support will arrive before the end of September.

The announcement is a major step forward for schools and businesses looking for a Google Cloud Print replacement, which Google has previously stated will stop working after December 31, 2020. PaperCut Mobility Print’s Cloud Print functionality will help Google Cloud Print customers transition in an easy and timely way to a powerful and robust alternative.

With the new Cloud Print feature, printing is secure, fast and native. Print jobs and metadata are sent via an encrypted peer-to-peer connection, without requiring inbound internet access to the server. Print jobs stay local when possible, and are only sent via the internet when users are not connected to the local network and just like local printing, users simply hit CTRL+P or ‘Pprint’ right in the device’s interface to enable simple, functional printing from any application.

Canon and NT-ware announce support for Universal Print

Continuing their commitment to cloud-based solutions that help enable digital transformation, Canon Europe and NT-ware have announced upcoming support for Universal Print, developed by Microsoft. Organisations that wish to utilise Universal Print within their environment can benefit from the native support that will be built into imageRUNNER ADVANCE firmware along with the additional capabilities that will be provided by either the free-of-charge uniFLOW Online Express or optional uniFLOW Online.

Native support for Universal Print with imageRUNNER ADVANCE DX and third-generation imageRUNNER ADVANCE models is set to be included in version 3.11 of the Unified Firmware Platform, which is currently scheduled to release in September 2020. This allows users to print to these models using Universal Print without the need for local print servers.

uniFLOW Online Express, a free-of-charge SaaS service also running on Microsoft Azure, will be able to extend the capabilities of Universal Print for these models by providing device authentication, comprehensive print/copy/scan/fax reporting, scan to myself and Google Drive.uniFLOW Online, an optional 100% cloud solution running in various Azure datacentres globally, will have the ability to connect natively to Universal Print and offer even more capabilities to the print environment including: secure print with a single universal queue; My Print Anywhere, allowing users to release their job to any compatible device, including those not supporting Universal Print natively; extensive accounting (print, copy, fax, scan), prices, cost centres and reporting; support for other client operating systems such as macOS and Chrome OS and mobile printing and mobile printing for guests.