Release Notes steadyPRINT 8.5

steadyPRINT Features & Additions, Modifications and Bug Fixes in Version 8.5

Features & Additions Description
RAW-Printing With steadyPRINT complicated print management solutions can be outsourced from special systems such as SAP, Agfa ORBIS, IBM System i (also known as AS/400, eServer iSeries or System i5), DATEV etc. Benefit from the simple and intuitive administration in the steadyPRINT Center and the steadyPRINT Reliability. The RAW content is sent to the printer via passthrough. The steadyPRINT VPD technology enables you to use additional features in the further processing of the data, such as duplex printing and many more.
Share/Management of Private Workflows With the new version private workfows can be shared with employees in the company. A workflow can be created by different persons and made available for others. This way it is no longer necessary that the administrator creates and shares all workflows via the steadyPRINT Center.
Group batches steadyPRINT offers the possibility to store documents in a batch in order to process them later. With the new version each user can convert his/her individually created batch into a group batch and share it with an unlimited number of users via the steadyPRINT Agent. This way, documents such as invoices can be jointly collected, edited and printed.
Moreover, group batches can also be integrated into a workflow so that certain processes run automatically – share and print an invoice, send it by mail, etc.
Location-based Load Balancing After the introduction of Load Balancing in steadyPRINT 8.0, the new release now allows to control print servers of a specific location, resulting in a smooth distribution of the print load and a relief of the WAN routes. However, in order to ensure maximum availability of your printing environment, backup groups can be defined so that print jobs are redirected to another location and processed there in case all print servers at one location fail.
Live Logging Massive relief for your support / helpdesk! With the new Live Logging you can monitor all components of the steadyPRINT environment live in the steadyPRINT Center and evaluate logs at any time. Support no longer needs to be connected to the client and the user no longer needs to be present when troubleshooting.
New installer incl. parallel installation Thanks to the parallel installation, the new installer allows you to conveniently design updates without downtime and perform them out-of-the-box. This ensures that your environment is available around the clock. Simply update the components during operation.
Workflow template for backup printer The Backup Printer Template provides the administrator with a convenient selection of pre-defined actions to realize printer reliability.
Text detection Let steadyPRINT search for specific words in the text of a document to start your workflow actions. For example, have stationery automatically be added to a document if it contains the word “invoice”.
Application-based printer The steadyPRINT VPD printer driver is able to determine from which application printing was initiated and to pass it through to the vFlow. This results in use cases based on the application name. Use it to adapt your workflow to the application from which you are printing:

  • Printing from MS Word = print on recycled papar
  • Printing from Banking App = mail dispatch to financial accounting
  • Printing from ERP software = Print on letterhead
Optimization of conditions The configuration of IP ranges within a workflow condition has been completely revised resulting in a considerable improvement of the usability.
New driver version 2.4.1 More power under the hood: The next generation of the VPD driver with improved functionality and performance.
Notification to Windows Notification Center, when mapping process is complete A message should appear in the Windows Notification Center indicating that the mapping process has been completed. The background is that some applications should only be started when all printers are connected. This way the user has an indicator when this time is reached. The message is optional and can be enabled in the Agent profiles
Free pages and basic price for calculation of printing costs For the calculation of printing costs additional free pages and a basic price can be specified.
Additional column for share name The additional column for the share name now also allows to change it during the printer migration.
Separately replicate printer settings The integrated replication offers an additional option to separately replicate the printer settings. This avoids having to rebuild the printer completely on the migration print server every time. Especially for frequently changing printer settings, the process can thus be accelerated.
Saving column settings The steadyPRINT Center now has the possibility to save the column settings for the session and assignment view.
Downward compatibility With version 8.5.0 steadyPRINT now ensures backward compatibility for print jobs up to driver version 2.0 or steadyPRINT 7.5.
Consideration of the print area of the native printer drivers steadyPRINT VPD is now able to take the print area of the native printer drivers into consideration. This ensures optimum utilization of the available printing area of the respective printer. Truncated content or too large margins on the printout are thus a thing of the past.
Conversion of PDF documents to PDF/A standard The Client components now also support saving PDF documents in PDF/A standard.
Managing the paper sizes of a printer With the new version, the paper format can now also be managed and provided centrally..
PDF Merge The PDF-merger already exists in steadyPRINT for quite some time. Now it is available for integration into the workflow.
Support action “Redraw fonts” The new support action “Redraw fonts” helps with the following problem: The applications responsible for rendering a document try to get the document as small as possible. This includes, among other things, integrating only those fonts or font parts that really appear in the document (font subsetting). Unfortunately, it happens from time to time that the optimization is too ambitious and therefore font definitions are missing in the document. This results in non-displayable characters on the printout. Via vFlow the above mentioned action can be included to correct the error as far as possible. It should only be used, however, after consultation with the steadyPRINT support.
Driver configuration The steadyPRINT vName is a freely configurable printer with VPD driver. Apart from the name, location and comment, it is also possible to configure an alternative driver. This is to ensure the best possible compatibility with users printing via vName.
Additional notification option for new print jobs So far, the steadyPRINT Server has received the notification for a new print job via Windows board means (DFS-R-Listener). With an additional option (internal) it is now possible to let steadyPRINT perform the notification itself. The latter offers the possibility to avoid possible delays in notification by the share and thus speed up print job processing.