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The New Canon Control Panel Application (CPA) from PrinterLogic

Posted by Tom Darnall on July 22nd, 2019

PrinterLogic is excited to announce a new dedicated Control Panel Application (CPA) for Canon's imageRUNNER ADVANCE series of MFPs. Once installed and launched, the app appears on a printer's embedded touchscreen so you can manage and securely release print jobs held on a workstation for authentication.

Why is this something to get excited about? For starters, the Canon CPA is our first app based on an all-new Control Panel Platform, which employs a common code base that will facilitate rapid development of other cloud-compatible Gen 2 CPAs now underway. The new apps provide equivalent functionality on both our on-prem and SaaS platforms.

Benefits of the Gen 2 architecture include a more streamlined user experience, a faster, more responsive console, improved printing speed, better CPA management tools for IT admins, and a uniform user interface across a mix of printers. The new generation of CPAs will look and behave the same no matter what printer brand you're using.

Our new Gen 2 CPA for Canon. View all your secure print jobs and easily select only those you want to print. Even delete jobs you no longer care about.

A first for the Canon partnership. A better solution for secure printing.
This is our first Control Panel Application for Canon, which ranks among the world's leading printer manufacturers. The CPA is "Canon-certified," which means it has undergone stringent testing in Canon's labs and meets all functionality and compatibility standards for the imageRUNNER ADVANCE family of devices.

The new app provides a better secure-printing experience for end users and admins alike. It's more responsive and has a cleaner, more intuitive interface. Users will enjoy faster print speeds—up to five to ten times faster than with our previous CPAs. And anything that speeds up printing is good news for everyone.

The new CPA also supports time-saving, hassle-free Single Sign-on (SSO) protocols. On printer models with native SSO functionality, you authenticate one time to access any printer app or function. Or, if you've already authenticated on the printer, our Gen 2 CPA has a "listener" mode to bypass the login step when it's time to release a held document.

Maintaining the PrinterLogic advantage for secure printing.
What the new console software doesn't change is an easy to use, secure pull-printing process that many PrinterLogic users are already familiar with.

PrinterLogic eliminates troublesome print servers, which are vulnerable to attack and put your confidential data at risk. Instead, we use a centrally managed direct IP architecture that's efficient and secure. Here's how it works:

First, you print from your workstation as usual. The print job (and your confidential data) is held securely on the workstation until it's called for. Thanks to our serverless printing infrastructure, your docs don't go anywhere until you are standing at the printer and swipe your badge.

At the printer, once your swipe your badge or login, all of your held print jobs instantly appear on the printer's screen. You simply pick the job or jobs you want to print on the touchscreen panel, press print, and within seconds, your docs appear in the printer tray. You can even use the console to delete jobs you no longer care about.

All of which ensures that confidential documents get into the right hands, and aren't left sitting on a printer tray to tempt prying eyes. What's more, secure release printing does away with abandoned print jobs and reduces wasted, costly consumables.

What's next?
Our new Control Panel Application debuts this week on PrinterCloud. For more details, view the FAQ. Additional Gen 2 apps for more brands will be released over the remainder of 2019, starting with our new Sharp CPA later next month.

Three more cloud-compatible Gen 2 CPAs will be released this year, and the complete suite will be available by early 2020. At that point, PrinterLogic's on-prem and SaaS customers can take advantage of secure release pull printing across eight major MFP manufacturers: HP, Canon, Xerox, Konica-Minolta, Ricoh, Sharp, Toshiba and Lexmark/Dell.

If you’re already a PrinterCloud customer, all you have to do is sit tight. You’ll get access to these new CPAs automatically. If you use Printer Installer, the new Canon CPA will be part of our 19.1 release, expected to be available within a few weeks.

If you're not yet a customer but are interested in seeing firsthand how pull printing and secure release printing work in PrinterLogic, be sure to sign up today for a free 30-day demo of our on-premises software. Or test drive our SaaS solution, PrinterCloud, for the same amount of time.

Tom Darnall
Tom Darnall
Tom joined the product team at PrinterLogic after moving to So. Utah from Portland, Oregon. He's held various executive, product management and marketing positions at HP, Symantec, and other software firms. Tom received a B.A. in Communications from BYU and completed a summer executive MBA program at Stanford. Off the clock, he enjoys landscape photography, exploring off-the-beaten-path locations in the desert southwest, and weekend trips to Las Vegas for live music, especially jazz.

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