INTELLIscribe Gives You More Flexible Printing Features
The premier Windows LPR printing client, INTELLIscribe® gives you the printing flexibility you need. Whether you're monitoring jobs and queues or using broadcast or fail-over printing policies, INTELLIscribe has the features you need in a demanding print environment. As you'll see, some of INTELLIscribe's features can't be found in other LPR spoolers, which is one of the reasons it is the LPR client trusted and used by government agencies, educational institutions, and companies around the world. Take control of your print environment with INTELLIscribe.
The broadcast/multicast policy is used to spool each print job to all destinations associated with the queue. Please read more about broadcast (multicast) printing with INTELLIscribe.
- When to use: Use this policy when you wish to send print jobs to more than one destination simultaneously.
- Destination Selection: All destinations are selected.
- Failure Handling: INTELLIscribe will not choose another destination since all destinations have already been used.
|Reduce Demand on Servers|
Windows printing takes many resources to complete. If you have an NT or Novell server that is running low on resources, INTELLIscribe can spool print jobs, freeing resources on the server. This allows the server to concentrate on other tasks while INTELLIscribe spools print jobs.
Print jobs can easily be reprinted without launching the original application. In a normal situation, reprinting usually includes opening the application again and selecting Print from the File menu. This takes time and uses resources to complete.
With INTELLIscribe, you need only right-click on the print job, choose reprint from the pop-up menu, and INTELLIscribe takes care of the rest. Example uses include:
- When the printer runs out of paper, the print job could be lost. Because INTELLIscribe saves a copy of each print job, data is no longer lost.
- If the print server does not support number of copies, you could use INTELLIscribe to easily reprint it, giving you a total of 2 copies.
- Please read more about the easy reprint feature.
Brooks Internet Software can customise the INTELLIscribe Setup application to automatically install printers in the Windows Print Manager and configure "Virtual Printer Ports" during installation.
This feature eliminates configuration errors and can save time and money by not requiring INTELLIscribe to be configured manually by a user or network administrator.
Shared printing with INTELLIscribe transforms the users print environment into a print distribution center. This combination merges Windows network printing with TCP/IP printing thereby elevating the entire print environment. Please read more about INTELLIscribe supporting shared printers.
- A user no longer needs to be logged in to accept print requests.
- INTELLIscribe can accept print jobs from a Windows printer when the printer is shared.
An easy-to-use "wizard" guides users through the steps of configuring INTELLIscribe. Therefore, INTELLIscribe can be up and running in a matter of minutes.
The Virtual Printer Port Wizard guides users through creating and configuring a virtual printer port. This wizard can be run either from the INTELLIscribe user interface or from the Windows Print Manager during the Windows Add Printer Wizard.
|History Maintenance / Archiving|
INTELLIscribe can be configured to archive print jobs. Print jobs are saved to a spool directory under the main INTELLIscribe folder. You can configure INTELLIscribe for the following archiving options:
- Delete immediately after printing, choosing not to archive print jobs.
- Keep only jobs that do not finish printing.
- Delete jobs after a specified number of days have passed.
- Archive only a previous number of jobs that have printed.
- Please read more about history and archiving.
Users can simply drag a "printer ready" file over a "Virtual Printer Port," by-passing the Windows print driver. This spools files without any modification to the file, unlike many other print spoolers, such as the Windows Print Manager. If you have files that already contain the proper printer codes, you can eliminate the use of the print driver and Windows Print Manager. Please read more about drag and drop printing.
The round robin policy remembers the previously tried printer and schedules the job for the next destination in the list. Please read more about round robin printing.
- When to use: Use this policy when you have multiple printers that are similar in print speed or paper tray size and want them to be used in a predictable manner, perhaps because the job sizes are consistent.
- Destination Selection: The print job is scheduled on the "next" destination in the list.
- Failure Handling: The next destination is tried.
The destination balancing policy keeps statistics on the amount of data sent to each printer. Any new print jobs coming in will be sent to the printer that has been the least used. Please read more about print destination balancing.
- When to use: Use this policy when you have multiple printers that are similar in print speed or paper tray size, and job sizes that are not consistent.
- Destination Selection: The least used destination is attempted first.
- Failure Handling: The destination that is the least used not counting the failed destination.
Using the fail-over policy, the first destination is always tried first. If the first destination fails, the print job then tries the next, and so on until all destinations have been tried. As soon as a destination is successful, no further destinations are tried. Please read more about fail-over printing.
- When to use: Use this port policy if you have a faster or more reliable printer and any number of slower printers. You might also use this policy if you have a printer with a large paper tray and one or more with smaller paper trays.
- Destination Selection: The first destination is always scheduled first.
- Failure Handling: The next destination in the list is tried.
This feature is similar to the "lpr" commands in UNIX and Windows NT/2000. ISendFile sends jobs, unmodified, to the "virtual printer port" of your choice. This command may be called from the MS-DOS prompt or from custom applications created by you, our users. Please read more about the command line interface for INTELLIscribe.
Once INTELLIscribe is configured initially, you can backup the "virtual printer port" configuration to a file. This file can be used to create similar configuration on multiple computers. For instance, if you have 10 licenses and all will be configured to print to the same printers, INTELLIscribe can be configured once, and the configuration can be copied to all 10 computers.
Users can also keep this file for backup purposes. Then, in case of a hard drive crash or other catastrophic event, a clean installation on a new computer can import the configuration, greatly reducing the amount of time printing is down.
|Advanced User Interface||
INTELLIscribe's user interface provides easy access to status information about jobs, queues, and destinations.
Print a job to any destination: Print jobs can be reprinted to a destination chosen by the user.
Enhanced Configurability: INTELLIscribe provides the ability to specify the number of times a print job is retried before it fails.
Example: When using the broadcast policy, if a print job failed to print to a destination, the job can now reprint to that failed destination when it becomes available.
Example: Users have additional ways to customise destination policies that were not previously available.
From the queues window, users can edit the queue properties or delete a queue. A popup menu provides easy access to these features, or simply double-click the queue to update the configuration.
For each print job, users can view the job name, status of spooling, scheduled, and completed times if applicable. Additionally, there is right-click menu support for each job. From here, you can cancel printing, delete the job, reprint the job if it has already completed printing, or open the job properties to see additional information about the job.
With destinations, users can view destination information such as the number of jobs printed to that destination and its current state. It is also much easier to query the destination for further information, making it easier to determine further information about the destination.
A log viewer is also available allowing users to monitor printing activity and other events. Please read more about the advanced user interface.