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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Canon Launches Next-Generation uniFlow

Canon uniFlow Canon U.S.A. has released the next generation of its uniFlow print-management software, version 5.1, which adds printing from mobile devices, enhanced scanning, and an improved universal print driver. uniFlow server-based software, which supports Canon and third-party devices, is Canon’s print-management software that enables administrators to track users’ printing (as well as Canon MFPs’ copy, scan, and fax), determine document output costs and generate reports, alert IT to status conditions such as low toner, and even monitor their print fleet’s environmental impact.

uniFlow also provides user authentication (via PIN, card, user name and password, etc.), and rules-based printing, the latter of which enables administrators to automatically route print jobs to the most cost-effective printers or force all e-mail messages to be printed in black-and-white, not color. It can automatically convert documents attached to e-mails for scan scan to e-mail into text-editable format.

uniFlow provides detailed reports so that, for instance, administrators can see which users are printing in color.

Printing from Internet-Enabled Mobile Devices
Version 5.1 enables users to print from Internet-enabled mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets, including Apple iOS devices, without downloading print drivers or software, via several methods: by submitting the job via e-mail, and uploading a job via Web browser. Users can also print using an Internet-enabled driver. uniFlow’s secure print release is also supported for mobile users, so that print jobs are held until the user releases them for printing via PIN or smart card at the device. There’s also a uniFlow native app for iOS iPod, iPhone and iPad devices. The app enables the mobile device to identify the printer, for example by a QR code, select a print job from the user’s personal print queue, make necessary print settings, and release the job for printing.

Scanning Enhancements
uniFlow v5.1 also adds enhanced document capture, routing and workflow, providing more scan destinations with direct desktop integration to enable post-scan document processing and manipulation. Also new are advanced features including linking to external databases for validating index information against pre-existing database content.

Improved Universal Print Driver
uniFlow v5.1’s universal printer driver contains an improved image compression technology resulting in smaller file sizes and consequently faster print-job processing. Additionally, Canon’s PCL 6 Generic print driver now supports secure printing, which includes the ability to make to make document finishing changes at an imageRunner Advance MFP, which in the past was only possible with the uniFLOW Universal Driver.

For more information on uniFlow in general, click here.

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