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Ricoh App for Google Cloud Print launched

ricoh app for google cloud printThe Ricoh App for Google Cloud Print has been released by the printer manufacturer – making Ricoh printers and multifunctions Google Cloud Print-ready for businesses.

Print servers come at a huge cost to businesses, but nowadays, they are not particularly necessary – you can print through the cloud!

To help with this, the Ricoh App for Google Cloud Print has been launched, giving businesses and organisations the ability to easily print from smartphones, tablets, laptops and other devices, without the need for expensive print servers and drivers – potentially achieving significant savings.

Ricoh printers are designed with a focus on information mobility – helping users make information instantly accessible.  The Ricoh App for Google Cloud Print is the latest example of how workers can easily access, transform and manage information.

The solution from Ricoh allows businesses, nonprofits, agencies and schools to leverage the capabilities of their business-class document services at a lower cost. For example, the Ricoh App for Google Cloud Print web printing services is ideal for primary schools where many students may use cloud-friendly Google Chromebooks.

The Ricoh App for Google Cloud Print’s installation process is a quick and simple operation, with a a Ricoh technician embedding a Java applet, often from a remote management console. Invited users or authorised guests can then print directly from their Chrome web browser or other Cloud Print-ready application.

“Our business is information mobility, and that means removing obstacles that stand between a user and the information they need to make critical business decisions,” said Matt Sakauchi, Vice President, Technology Marketing, Ricoh.

“The Ricoh App for Google Cloud Print web printing services is a wonderful example of that and a great compliment to our already wide array of mobile printing applications. It’s another way we’re making information work for our customers in today’s dynamic business environment.”


What is the Kyocera Cloud Connect app?

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You may have already heard or read about Kyocera’s new software solution – HyPAS apps, but to make it that little bit clearer, we’re going to take a closer look at each individual application on offer – starting with the Kyocera Cloud Connect app.

A key part of the HyPAS solutions on offer, the Kyocera Cloud Connect app enables users to retrieve and print files in Evernote and Google Drive, directly from any Kyocera Multifunction Printer that is HyPAS-enabled.

As well as being able to print from cloud-based services, the Kyocera Cloud Connect app also allows users to upload scanned files straight to Evernote and Google Drive – straight from the MFP, without needing a computer.

The Kyocera Cloud Connect app makes turning paper documents into digital files – and vice versa – easy to do. By simply logging in directly from a compatible multifunction printer, users can browse their files, print or scan and save – the app frees you from the ties of conventional file printing, saving and sharing.

With the Kyocera Cloud Connect app, you can get access to your stored file at any time, no matter where you are.  It also frees up valuable mobile device memory and eliminates the need for hard copies of files – ideal for any office that’s running low on storage space.

Also, as both Evernote and Google Drive support a wide range of file formats, including JPEG, PDF and TIFF, you will have all bases covered when it comes to printing and scanning.

Overall, the Kyocera Cloud Connect app is an easy, secure way in which to retrieve, print and scan using a Kyocera MFP.

Brother reveal range of Mopria-certified printers

mopria-certified printersAfter Brother announced that they have become an executive member of the Mopria Alliance, they have now revealed their selection of Mopria-certified printers.

The Mopria Alliance is  global association of leading technology firms, who are working on unified mobile printing from smartphones, tablets, and other mobile devices – making mobile printing easy and accessible for everyone.

The Brother Mopria-certified printers and multifunctions have been released by the printer manufacturer, with the following machines all included: HL-L8250CDN, HL-L8350CDW, HL-L8350CDWT, HL-L9200CDW, MFC-L8600CDW, MFC-L8850CDW and MFC-L9550CDW.

To access the new benefits of the Mopria-certified printers, users must download the latest device firmware from the Brother Solutions Centre. From there, you can then download the Mopria Print Service app, which will works on devices with Android 4.4 or later – download it here.

With both of these in place, users can take full advantage of simple, intuitive mobile printing on their wireless network from their Mopria-certified printers.

Frank Martin, Brother’s Senior Director of Product Development, said: “Brother is excited to join the Mopria Alliance and bring to market our very first Mopria-certified printers.

“We believe mobile device printing will continue to grow in importance to our customers, and we’re proud to do our part to support this drive for standardisation.”

Epson Printers win Canstar Blue’s Most Satisfied Customers Award

epson printersEpson Printers have landed the prestigious Most Satisfied Customers Award – Printers, Small Business award for 2014, according to the latest Canstar Blue survey of small business owners and the printers they use.

Canstar Blue, who launched in July 2010, are one of the leading customer satisfaction research and ratings businesses, with their aim being to help consumers make better purchase decisions.

Canstar Blue commissioned Colmar Brunton to survey 855 small business owners and decision makers across a range of categories to measure and track customer satisfaction with products and services related to their business. The outcomes reported are the results from customers within the survey group who currently have an office printing device – including multifunction printers – that is used for work purposes.

In the Most Satisfied Customers Award – Printers, Small Business award, according to Canstar Blue, Epson Printers not only won the award but, “stood out in these 2014 results, achieving five stars in many areas; such as reliability, value for money, features, and overall satisfaction.”

Per category, Epson Printers also received a five-star rating for overall customer satisfaction, performance, reliability and value for money.

Those businesses using Epson Printers also gave the manufacturer a five-star rating for satisfaction with their printer’s range of features, such as scanning, printing different sized pages and printing photos.


How to install HyPAS apps on your Kyocera Printer

install hypas appsMany people, from a wide variety of industries, can benefit from Kyocera’s new software solution – however, when it comes to actually making the most of them, the first thing you need to know is how to install the HyPAS apps.

There is a simple process if you want to install HyPAS apps and, here at Printerbase, we are hoping to guide you through it – making it as simple as possible.

The first step to install HyPAS apps involves using a simple USB cable, which you will use to load the HyPAS app onto your Kyocera multifunction printer.

You will receive your HyPAS app as a PKG file, which will be sent in an e-mail from Printerbase after you have made your order.  When you receive your e-mail, transfer the PKG file onto a USB drive, so you are then ready to load it onto your Kyocera printer.

Next, you will need to access the ‘System Menu’ on your printer and then, from there, scroll to ‘Applications’ – this should be where all the apps that are on your device are listed.

Then, you will need to select the ‘Add’ option – insert your USB drive with the PKG file on it and select the app you have purchased, then simply press ‘Update’.

Finally, press the ‘Remove Memory’ and then ‘Close’ options, remove your USB drive and the HyPAS app should be installed onto your Kyocera MFP.  You can then get all the added benefits from your brand new app – simple as that!

If you need any help on how to install HyPAS apps, then let us know and we’d be happy to help.


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