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Universal Print with YSoft SAFEQ

YSoft SafeQ
Ondřej “Ondra” Krajíček
Chief Technology Strategist
Simplifying the management of your print environment has always been a goal for all our YSoft SAFEQ technology products and services. Integrating our technology with Universal Print (UP) technology from Microsoft is a natural thing to do.

Growing UP

Print drivers allow applications to print without exposing technical aspects of printing to users. Every multifunctional device (MFD) vendor uses varying commands and instructions to talk to their devices, having one or even more dialects for setting up finishing options and configuring output of your print jobs. Even though there are global standards, such as PDF, PostScript or PCL, the devil is in the details (and PJL).
 
The fact that your MFDs support PDFs does not automatically mean that they are all compatible. While your MFDs will print your PDF documents reliably, the real fun starts when you want it to be printed with finishing option choices, for example, duplex. Each printer model or make very likely requires a different way how to do this.
 
To accommodate these incompatibilities and differences, operating system vendors created printer drivers to print to different printers, giving users the comfort of same or similar user interfaces without having the user worry about technical details. Print Drivers however brought new challenges with them. You need separate drivers for different operating systems — and even then, different drivers for 32-bit and 64-bit environments and different drivers for different CPU architectures. Your 64bit print driver for Windows running on an Intel CPU will not work on Windows 10 running on ARM CPU.
 
Print Drivers are pieces of software. They need to be deployed, maintained, updated, developed and tested, imposing significant costs on vendors and business customers. Print drivers are often behind support calls hitting the helpdesk in your company as the situation can get quite confusing for your users. Considering employee turnover, constant driver updates and patches, this burden is not insignificant.
 
With Microsoft moving key Windows Print Server print functionality to the Microsoft 365 cloud with Universal Print, organizations no longer need on-premise print servers or need to manage printer drivers, a long-standing burden on IT resources. This also means businesses can start to move print services to the cloud, and Universal Print is a start, an on-ramp if you will, to get comfortable with cloud-based print services.  

Keeping it simple

When using Y Soft SAFEQ print management – whether you use our cloud-based services or on-premise software – Universal Print capability is built-in. By integrating YSoft SAFEQ technology with Universal Print, customers can enjoy all the benefits of SAFEQ alongside the benefits of Universal Print. Together, we are making life simpler and easier for IT.
 
Universal Print by itself supports Windows clients. However, with SAFEQ technology, you'll enjoy multi-platform cloud printing support, not only Windows, but MacOS, Chrome OS, Linux and Unix.  And if for some reason you don’t want to use Universal Print on your Windows machines, we’ve got you covered too. Our SafeQ Cloud technology supports zero-client operation on most of these platforms, not requiring any locally deployed software package, from us or any other 3rd party. The best and easiest software to deploy, maintain and secure is the one which is not there. If you need a richer user experience or more advanced features, you can always deploy the SAFEQ Client in several different scenarios, including Client Based Print Roaming.

And because we are Y Soft, you know our Building Block Architecture makes it simple for high availability requirements. We have evolved our technology for Cloud-Native deployments, while keeping first class support for edge and on-premise installations. Our technology goes even further, providing failover and redundancy so that Universal Print works seamlessly in high volume, mission critical print environments.
 
If you are already using YSoft SAFEQ 6 technology – thank you! You can start using Universal Print with your SAFEQ 6 installation or migrate to SAFEQ Cloud tomorrow under your existing software support license. You can visit www.ysoft.com/safequp to learn more and can contact your Y Soft representative or your managed print services provider. And, if you are using a print management solution from one of ur competitors and wish to take advantage of Universal Print, we have a solution for you too :).  
 
If you are not using YSoft SAFEQ print management technology and do not plan to do so, you can still take advantage of Universal Print on your existing printers to protect your existing investments in your printer fleet. Check out our YSoft OMNI Series article to learn more.
 
 

The Future of Print

The future of print is here, and YSoft SAFEQ technology combined with Universal Print is a solution designed to help organizations work smarter. We are excited to provide the software you need to make Universal Print work within the print management software you enjoy today, without compromising on our core product values – reliability, scalability and security.
 
Our technologies and services are good citizens in the Microsoft ecosystem too. Working with IPP Everywhere, IPP Infrastructure and Microsoft Graph API to say the least. This means that our technology is ready for seamless operation in your Microsoft 365-enabled organization in the years to come.
Ondřej “Ondra” Krajíček
Ondřej “Ondra” Krajíček
Ondra is Y Soft’s go-to guy when it comes to Information Technology and its potential in Y Soft products and services. He has passion for matching state-of-the-art technology with customer needs, especially when we are speaking about complex qualities: reliability, scalability and availability. Besides that, Ondra loves teaching and tries to spend some of his time as a guest lecturer at his alma mater, Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic. Ondrej also serves on the board of directors for AmCham (American Chamber of Commerce, Czech Republic) and has worked with the organization for several years.
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