When tablets became mainstream, it was expected that we’d use our printers less as we’d be carrying and marking up documents electronically. However, all that’s happened is that we’ve added a new device to print from. And for enterprise IT teams, that means supporting new types of client devices . Novell’s new iPrint app for iOS fits into that space.
A recent IDC study notes: “The percentage of users who printed from their mobile devices increased dramatically in 2012, and the percentage of those who do not print, and do not want to print, will decline from almost 50% in 2012 to just 25% in 2015 according to respondents”.
In other words – the paperless utopia we’ve been hearing about for the last few decades is still a long way off.
iPrint runs as a virtual server that enable iOS printing regardless of the make and model of the printers on your network. In effect, it makes any printer AirPrint compliant by introducing a software layer between the clients and printers. Even if your printers don’t support AirPrint, they will appear in apps that support AirPrint.
It’s not the only solution of its type on the market. I’ve deployed a similar system using PaperCut with Fuji Xerox printers in the past and there are other enterprise solutions out there.
Novell iPrint [App Store]