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User interface for selecting print options

We are wanting to simplify the printing process for users, so that they don't have to go into properties to select the different trays for different paper.

We are using HP Laserjet and Canon CRC printers, is there any software that can achieve this functionality.

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matrixnzCommented:
Hi dwelldon

If you're using Shared Printers from a Server, you can make the settings on the Server, when a workstation connects to the share, the printer settings will be installed as preconfigured on the Share.

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dwelldonAuthor Commented:
I know that, but you can't do it for the same printer multiple times.
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matrixnzCommented:
Sorry don't understand, when you setup the printer on the server, you configure all the settings on the one server, all the user has to do is connect to the printer.
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dwelldonAuthor Commented:
The printer has say 3 trays, each with different paper in. What I want to do is have an interface appear so that the user can then select say letterhead or client copy.
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matrixnzCommented:
Sorry understand now, never heard of any app like that before, to be honest I think it would make the process more difficult because each application has it's own print methods, i.e. Word, IE, Notepad, some can be controlled within an application others require you to go into the properties of the printer.

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dwelldonAuthor Commented:
I know what you mean, i have tried to educate my users how to use print properties, but they are still just hitting file print which is wasting paper.

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matrixnzCommented:
One thing we implimented on our systems was making duplex the default and also setting black and white as the default, we also default our trays to A4 plain paper, basically if the user wishes to print color or on letterhead than they have to click the printer properties and go in and make the changes.  We've been able to save a bundle this way, in common areas we use to have a charge system switched on, basically they have to enter a code to receive their print, we than use this code to charge them each month, of course your printer has to provide this ability and then theirs the extra overhead costs etc..

Hope that helps.

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tigermattCommented:
I've never heard of such an application either, and since different printers have different settings and different apps have different methods of doing it you would have a problem.

You could enable a print quota system like this one: http://papercut.biz/products/quota/ which from what I've heard, you set every printer on the server with a charge per page. Lets say £0.20 per page. Then every user has an amount of money and when they print a page the charge for the printer is subtracted. When they get to £0 they have to get it topped up again through a website, something an admin or the boss can be in charge of! That would stop them from just File>printing!
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